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Original theatrical poster for the US release
Directed by Ridley Scott
Produced by Tim Hampton
Arnon Milchan
Written by William Hjortsberg
Starring Tom Cruise
Mia Sara
Tim Curry
David Bennent
Alice Playten
Billy Barty
Cork Hubbert
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Tangerine Dream
Cinematography Alex Thomson
Editing by Terry Rawlings
Studio Regency Enterprises
Distributed by 20th Century Fox (International)
Universal Pictures (North America)
Release date(s) December 13, 1985 (1985-12-13)
United Kingdom
01986-04-18 April 18, 1986
United States
Running time 94 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English
Budget $30 million
Gross revenue $15,502,112

Legend is a 1985 fantasy film released by 20th Century Fox in Europe and Universal Pictures in the United States and Canada, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Tom Cruise and Mia Sara. Though not a very notable success when first released, it received an Academy Award nomination (for best makeup) and has since gained a cult following.



The following synopsis is based on an early 113-minute version later released on DVD as the "director's cut".

The story is set "once, long ago" in a world of unicorns, fairies, goblins, and demons. Hidden in a dark lair, the antagonist, the Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry) instructs his goblin servant Blix (Alice Playten) to locate the two unicorns that roam in the nearby forest and remove their horns. If the unicorns die and their horns are removed, the Lord of Darkness can ensure that dawn never again breaks, and sunshine never returns.

In the forest, Jack (Tom Cruise), a young hermit,[1] meets with his love, Princess Lily (Mia Sara). As one of few forest dwellers allowed to locate the unicorns, Jack takes Lily to see the creatures, while followed by Blix and her two cohorts Pox and Blunder. The unicorns appear, and Lily ignores Jack's pleas not to touch them. As Lily approaches the unicorns, the goblins attack with a poisoned blowpipe dart, hitting the stallion. The unicorns bolt, with neither Lily nor Jack noticing the attack.

Jack chastises Lily for ignoring his warnings. Unaware of the repercussions of her touching the unicorn, Lily engages Jack in innocent chatter and sets a quest for Jack by throwing her ring into a nearby pond and claiming that she will marry the one who recovers her ring. Jack immediately dives off the cliff into the pond to recover it. Meanwhile, overcome by the venom, the stallion dies and Blix removes its horn. The unicorn's death causes a fierce snowstorm, which freezes the pond. Unable to locate the ring, Jack breaks through the ice and resurfaces, to find world transformed into winter with Lily nowhere in sight. Frightened by the storm, Lily returns to her village and enters a cottage owned by her friend Nell, a woodland dweller. However, she finds that Nell and her family have frozen as part of the curse brought on by the theft of the unicorn's horn. Hearing noises outside, Lily hides just in time to avoid arriving goblins, and overhears clues that explain the cause of the disaster. As the goblins ride off, Lily swears to undo her mistake.

Meanwhile, Jack meets Oona, Honeythorn Gump, Brown Tom, and Screwball (a fairy, an elf, and two dwarves). Due to Jack's great crime of allowing a human to touch a unicorn, Gump is unwilling to lend his aid. At Jack's insistence, Gump puts a difficult riddle to him and offers forgiveness if it is answered correctly, certain that Jack will be unable solve it. Much to Gump's surprise and rage, Jack correctly answers the riddle. Gump soon recovers his composure and admits defeat, and invites Jack to join his party. The group then sets off on its quest together, and they discover the lifeless stallion without its mate, its companion alicorn. Gump and Jack conclude that the alicorn must be found at all costs, and only then will the world return to normal. Jack and the fairies leave Brown Tom with the female unicorn to find weapons for Jack. Lily runs back to tell Brown Tom that the goblins are coming for the female, and tries to help him, but they are discovered by the goblins. After a skirmish, Lily and the surviving unicorn are taken to the Lord of Darkness.

Jack, who has now been fitted with armor and a sword, is happy to learn that Lily is still alive, and resolves to rescue her. The comrades overcome various obstacles to reach the Lord of Darkness' lair, where they witness the evil Dark Lord trying to seduce Lily with his charm and power. Lily seems to succumb to the Dark Lord's advances despite initial resistance, and she asks for the privilege of killing the surviving unicorn.

Jack and his friends overhear the Dark Lord tell Lily that sunlight will destroy him. Consequently they gather large metal dishes to use as mirrors, which they position around the castle in order to channel sunlight into the lair. The Dark Lord brings Lily to the unicorn, and Jack's friends encourage Jack to shoot Lily with an arrow to prevent the animal's death. Jack ignores their pleas, trusting his love. Indeed, Lily betrays the Dark Lord and cuts the unicorn free instead. Angered, the Lord of Darkness strikes Lily and she loses consciousness. Jack then appears and confronts the Dark Lord, but he is undersized and outmatched. As defeat looms, Jack plunges the stallion's horn into the Lord of Darkness' chest just as the last mirror is set in place and sunlight strikes the Dark Lord, destroying him.

Jack tries to revive Lily, but she remains asleep under a spell. Jack dives into the pond and recovers the ring. As Jack slips the ring onto Lily's finger, the Princess awakens. Lily then removes her ring and gives it to Jack, and invites him to return the next day. She returns home, and as Jack runs off into the sunset, Gump, Oona, and the rest of the group, including both unicorns, wave goodbye to Jack, the quest now concluded.

The film (as seen in the U.S.) ends with the Lord of Darkness laughing one last time, indicating his statement that darkness cannot be completely destroyed - it always exists to counterbalance light, until the two merge into one, transcending the bounds of duality.


The film was written by William Hjortsberg and produced by Arnon Milchan, but the behind-the-scenes story of the making of the film is in itself a legend. The film was shot at Pinewood Studios using the 007 Stage, named after, and used for many James Bond films. Part-way through the filming the stage burned completely to the ground forcing the producers to finish the film on hastily completed sets. The film then failed in test screenings: test audiences complained about Jerry Goldsmith's score and of how teenage audiences might accept the film.

The film was first released in Europe, cut down to 94 minutes. Both Universal and Scott decided to cut the film drastically for American release, from nearly two hours in length to 89 minutes. They also replaced Goldsmith's score with music by Tangerine Dream, Yes leader Jon Anderson, and Bryan Ferry. Scott allowed Goldsmith's score, which he thought was "good", to remain on European prints.[2]

Also, an alternate ending (as eventually used in the 1986 U.S. version) was made in which Gump puts the horn back on the dead unicorn and it came back to life and finally, Jack and Lily run off into the sunset together, with Gump, the Unicorns, and the others waving at them. The final scene shows the Dark Lord laughing in his new domain and he will come again when darkness covers the world.


Actor Role
Tom Cruise Jack
Mia Sara Princess Lily
Tim Curry The Lord of Darkness
David Bennent Honeythorn Gump
Alice Playten Blix, and uncredited voice of Gump*
Billy Barty Screwball
Cork Hubbert Brown Tom
Peter O'Farrell Pox
Kiran Shah Blunder
Annabelle Lanyon Oona
Robert Picardo Meg Mucklebones
Tina Martin Nell
  • Gump's voice was dubbed by Alice Playten because an executive thought that David Bennent's voice sounded too German.[3]



Songs in the film

The following songs were seen in the European and Director's Cuts, with lyrics composed by John Bettis (composer of many Carpenters songs) and music by Jerry Goldsmith:

  • "My True Love's Eyes" (the main theme, sung mostly by Lily. Mia Sara provided some of the singing, while session singers provided vocals wherever Sara was unable to perform).
  • "Living River" (the first reprise of "My True Love's Eyes", sung as Lily calls to the unicorn).
  • "Bumps And Hollows" (sung by Lily after her forbidden act of touching a unicorn).
  • "Sing The Wee" (the theme for the fairies. The first sung version was cut from all editions of the film as it accompanied a scene with Jack and the fairies that was itself cut; the final sung version by the National Philharmonic Chorus is heard over the end credits).
  • "Reunited" (the final reprise of "My True Love's Eyes", sung by Lily as she says goodbye to Jack).

The following songs appeared in the 89-minute U.S. recut when it was rescored by Tangerine Dream:

  • "Loved By The Sun" (music by Tangerine Dream, lyrics written and sung by Jon Anderson, leader of the group Yes.
  • "Is Your Love Strong Enough" (written and performed by Bryan Ferry over the U.S. print's end credits).


Due to the changes in the film from its European and American releases, Legend has two different soundtracks. The first, produced and composed by Jerry Goldsmith, was used for its initial European release and restored in the director's cut edition of the Region 1 DVD release. The second soundtrack features music by German electronic artists Tangerine Dream and was used for the initial theatrical and home video releases in the United States. This soundtrack also includes songs by Jon Anderson of Yes and Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music. Both soundtracks are available on CD, though the Tangerine Dream soundtrack has become harder to find.

A promotional music video (presumably for the U.S. market, where the Tangerine Dream soundtrack was used) was created for the Bryan Ferry song "Is Your Love Strong Enough". The video, which incorporates Ferry and guitarist David Gilmour into footage from the film, is included as a bonus on disc 2 of the 2002 "Ultimate Edition" DVD release.



In 2002, Universal released a 113-minute "director's cut" on DVD restoring previously cut scenes, and the original Goldsmith Score. In creating the director's cut edition, producer Charles de Lauzirika turned to Legend fan and unofficial historian Sean Murphy, who runs the Legend FAQ and Terry Rawlings, the editor of Legend, for help in finding the footage for the Ultimate DVD creation.[4]


  1. ^ "What were the contents of the LEGEND press kit in America? (online version of original press kit)". Ridley Scott's LEGEND FAQ. 2005-01-01. http://www.figmentfly.com/legend/background3.html. Retrieved 2008-01-15.  
  2. ^ "Creating A Myth: The Making of 'Legend' "--"Legend: Ultimate Edition", Disc 2, Universal Studios Home Video, 2002
  3. ^ Ridley Scott DVD Commentary for "Legend: Ultimate Edition", Disc 1, Universal Studios Home Video, 2002.
  4. ^ Hunt, Bill (12 2000). "Inside DVD: Fact Or Rumor". Widescreen Review 9 (44): 106–111. "The Director's Cut was a nightmare to track down. In doing research on this, I had been in contact with a certifiable Legend fanatic named Sean Murphy, who runs the Legend FAQ along with Geoff Wright, and based in part on his info, and a lot of background from Legend editor, Terry Rawlings, I realized that we were looking for one of three cuts. ...Credit really needs to be given to Garth Thomas for breaking the case. And I should also thank Sean Murphy, Geoff Wright, and Paul MacLean for all of their support.".  

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Legends can be now and forever
Teaching us to love for goodness sake.
Legends can be now and forever
Loved by the sun, loved by the sun.
~ Jon Anderson, in lyrics of Loved by the Sun", written for the "Unicorn Theme" by Tangerine Dream

Legend is a 1986 fantasy film released by 20th Century Fox (in Europe) and Universal Pictures (in the U.S. and Canada), directed by Ridley Scott and starring Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, Alice Playten, and Billy Barty.




  • This place holds more magic than any place in the world.

The Lord of Darkness

I require the solace of the shadows and the dark of the night. Sunshine is my destroyer!
  • Oh, Mother Night! Fold your dark arms about me. Protect me in your black embrace. I sit alone, an impotent exile, whilst this form, this presence, returns to torment me!
  • I require the solace of the shadows and the dark of the night. Sunshine is my destroyer!
  • Every wolf suffers fleas. 'Tis easy enough to scratch!
  • The dreams of youth are the regrets of maturity. Dreams are my speciality. Through dreams, I influence mankind.
  • You think you have won?! What is Light without Dark?! [laughs] I am a part of you all! You cannot destroy me! We are brothers eternal!


  • I know everything, Jack. Yet I do not understand what has happened today. Suppose you tell me, Jack? You know these woods as well as any elf. Did you not see something odd today, any strange spirits? Did nothing untoward happen?
    • Honeythorn Gump
  • Love you say? Well love is another matter.
    • Honeythorn Gump
  • Mortal world turned to ice... Here be goblin paradise!
    • Blix
  • Fire, fire, burning higher, making music like a choir!
    • Blix
  • Look! Ugly one-horned mule!
    • Blunder, speaking of the unicorns.
  • She was so sweet, I could eat her brains like jam!
    • Blunder


Jack [After Lili touches the unicorns]: What you did is forbidden.
Lili: Who says so?
Jack: It is known, Lili. These are sacred animals. You risk your immortal soul.
Lili: I only wanted to touch one. Where is the harm in that?

Lili: Are you afraid to kiss me Jack?
Jack: I'm afraid you'll break my heart.
Lili: Then still your heart. You're dear to me as life itself! Don't you wish this was our wedding ring?
Jack: If I say 'yes', will my wish come true?
Lili: I'm a princess. It's my right to set a challenge for my suitors. I will marry whoever finds this ring! [Lili throws the ring in a lake]

Jack: You don't really mean to eat me, do you Ma'am?"
Witch: Oh, indeed I do!"
Jack: That would be a shame, because someone as fair and lovely as yourself Miss Meg, deserves far better than scrawny me. Don't you think?
Witch: You think me fair, do you Jack?
Jack: All the heavenly angels must envy your beauty!
Witch: What a fine meal you will make, be the rest of you as sweet as your tongue!
Jack: No wait! Fill your soul with loveliness! Feast on the beauty of your reflection. You are an angel miss Meg. Look!

Screwball: There's only one thing I want to know.
Brown Tom: What?
Screwball: WHY ME?

Lilli: You disgust me. You are nothing but an animal.
The Lord of Darkness: (Evil laugh) We are all animals, my lady.

The Lord of Darkness: I hold the world in my power and yet this girl holds me in hers.
Satan (Darkness's father): It is because her heart is pure. Charm her, woo her, make her one of us.


Is your love strong enough
Like a rock in the sea?
Am I asking too much?
Is your love strong enough?
  • Just one step at a time
    And closer to destiny

    I knew at a glance
    There'd always be a chance for me
    With someone I could live for
    Nowhere I would rather be.

    Is your love strong enough
    Like a rock in the sea?
    Am I asking too much?
    Is your love strong enough?

  • Just one beat of your heart
    And stranger than fantasy
    I knew from the start
    It had to be the place for me

    Someone that I would die for
    There's no way I could ever leave.
  • Legends can be now and forever
    Teaching us to love for goodness sake
    Legends can be now and forever
    Loved by the sun, loved by the sun.
  • Who sings of all of Love's eternity
    Who shines so bright
    In all the songs of Love's unending spells?
    Holy lightning strikes all that's evil
    Teaching us to love for goodness sake.

    Hear the music of Love Eternal
    Teaching us to reach for goodness sake.
  • Sweet songs of youth, the wise, the meeting of all wisdom
    To believe in the good in man.

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