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Legend (2015)

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Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1960s.

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Brian Helgeland

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Brian Helgeland, John Pearson (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Anderson ... Albert Donoghue
Tom Hardy ... Reggie Kray / Ron Kray
Christopher Eccleston ... Nipper Read
Joshua Hill ... Constable Scott
Emily Browning ... Frances Shea
Colin Morgan ... Frank Shea
Tara Fitzgerald ... Mrs Shea
Nicholas Farrell ... Dr Humphries
Adam Fogerty ... Pat Connolly
Mel Raido ... Ian Barrie
Major Johnson Finley Major Johnson Finley ... The Double R Club Singer
Millie Brady ... Joan Collins
Chris Mason ... Ronnie Hart
Stephen Thompson ... Ronnie Bender
Sam Spruell ... Jack McVitie
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Storyline

The true story of London's most notorious gangsters, twins Reggie and Ronnie Kray. As the brothers rise through the criminal underworld, Ronnie advances the family business with violence and intimidation while Reggie struggles to go legitimate for local girl Frances Shea. In and out of prison, Ronnie's unpredictable tendencies and the slow disintegration of Reggie's marriage threaten to bring the brothers' empire tumbling to the ground.

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Love, fight, live, rule like a legend. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language throughout, some sexual and drug material | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,836, 22 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,872,994, 12 January 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$42,642,077, 31 December 2015
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Hardy and Paul Bettany had previously appeared together in The Reckoning (2002). See more »

Goofs

When Ron throws the bottle at Reggie during the fight in the club, the bottle flies past Reggie, strikes a woman in a gold dress, and shatters into hundreds of pieces. It's obviously a prop bottle, a real one wouldn't shatter after hitting a soft human torso. See more »

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Frances Shea: London in the 1960s. Everyone had a story about the Krays. You could walk into any pub to hear a lie or two about them. But I was there and Im not careless with the truth. They were brothers, but bound by more than blood. They were twins as well, counterparts. Gangster princes of the city they meant to conquer. Ron Kray was a one-man London mob. Bloodthirsty, illogical, and funny as well. My Reggie was different. Once in a lifetime do you find a street-fighting man like Reg. ...
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Written by Bob Farris, Buddy Killen
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Two of Hardy's best performances in a movie with not much else going for it.
22 December 2015 | by lnvictaSee all my reviews

Legend is a gripping movie, there's no doubt about it. Seeing Tom Hardy on screen, whether he's playing Reggie, Ronald, or both, is absolutely captivating. He owns the roles, and despite their identical looks you feel that they're completely different people because of how well Hardy portrays them. Reggie is sophisticated, methodical, affable; Ronnie is impulsive, unpredictable, paranoid. As a vehicle for Tom Hardy's acting chops, Legend is a home run. Unfortunately, that is where the positives of the movie end.

The movie is tonally confused from scene to scene. It can be romantic one minute, ultra-violent the next, then reserved and introspective the minute after that. It's clunky writing; every time the movie begins to gain momentum it trips on itself one way or another. Also, you really don't care about any character other than the twins. I mean, thankfully they're in just about every scene, but they're always surrounded by faceless goons, or with a generic love interest, or no-name cops - not fully fleshed out characters. This is in no way a fault of the actors though. Christopher Eccleston is wasted yet again as a villain after Thor: The Dark World. Here he's in an antihero role as the cop assigned to the Kray's case, but his lines lack any form of personality. He does what he can but he really has nothing to work with. Chazz Palminteri makes an appearance for about 5 minutes total as his usual gangster self, but in the end you're left scratching your head. So many characters, so much potential, but the only thing holding the movie together is Tom Hardy.

So as you can infer, Legend is worth a watch if you're a Tom Hardy fan. He's scarily good in these roles, and two Tom Hardys are better than one. For that reason alone I can't give this movie a lower score. However, if you're looking for substance in a gangster biopic, you'll have to look elsewhere.


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