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Legend

Legend is a fairytale produced on a grand scale, set in some timeless world and peopled with fairies, elves and goblins, plus a spectacularly satisfying Satan. At the same time, the basic premise is alarmingly thin, a compendium of any number of ancient fairytales.

Legend is a fairytale produced on a grand scale, set in some timeless world and peopled with fairies, elves and goblins, plus a spectacularly satisfying Satan. At the same time, the basic premise is alarmingly thin, a compendium of any number of ancient fairytales.

Plot concerns a heroic young peasant, Jack, who takes his sweetheart, Princess Lili, to see the most powerful creatures on earth, the last surviving unicorns. Unknown to the young Lovers, Darkness (i.e. The Devil) is using the innocence of Lili as a bait to trap and emasculate the unicorns.

Kids of all ages should be entranced by the magnificent make-up effects of Rob Bottin and his crew, from the smallest elves to the giant Darkness. The latter is unquestionably the most impressive depiction of Satan ever brought to the screen. Tim Curry plays him majestically with huge horns, cloved feet, red leathery flesh and yellow eyes, plus a resonantly booming voice.

Also registering strongly is David Bennent as a knowing pixie with large, pointed ears.

Ironically, for a film that celebrates nature, Legend was almost entirely lensed on the large Bond set at Pinewood (production was interrupted by a fire which destroyed the set).

1956: Nomination: Best Makeup

Legend

  • Production: Legend/20th Century-Fox. Director Ridley Scott; Producer Arnon Milchan; Screenplay William Hjortsberg; Camera Alex Thomson; Editor Terry Rawlings; Music Jerry Goldsmith [US version: Tangerine Dream]; Art Director Assheton Gorton
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 94 MIN.
  • With: Tom Cruise Mia Sara Tim Curry David Bennent Alice Playten Billy Barty
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