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Legend (1985) Review

Legend is a 1985 American epic dark fantasy adventure film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, Billy Barty, David Bennent, Alice Playten, and Billy Jacoby. The film’s producer, Arnon Milchan, hired Scott to direct after being impressed with the film Blade Runner. The film was shot in England and Wales, and released on December 18, 1985.

The film was a commercial success, grossing $131 million worldwide on a $24 million budget. It received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising its visuals and acting while others criticized its plot as incoherent. Nevertheless, Legend has been cited as one of Scott’s best films.

Sara plays Lili, the daughter of a lord who is kidnapped by trolls. Cruise stars as Jack, Lili’s love interest and a forest warrior who sets out to rescue her. Curry portrays the Lord of Darkness, the evil ruler of the underworld who wants to enslave Lili and bring about eternal night.

The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup, and Best Original Score. It won the Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film.


In a remote, dark forest, a young boy named Jack (Tom Cruise) is on the run from an evil group of people called the Scum. They have killed his family and are now after him. He is saved by a creature called a Will-o’-the-Wisp who tells him to find a man named Mr. Wick (Rufus Sewell) who can help him. Jack finds Mr. Wick’s house and is taken in. Mr. Wick is a recluse who lives in the forest and has been hiding from the Scum for years. He agrees to help Jack and trains him in the ways of the forest. Together, they set out to find the Scum’s lair and put an end to their evil ways. Along the way, they make new allies and face great danger, but ultimately triumph.

Movie Details

Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: William Hjortsberg
Actors: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry
Release Year: 1985