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

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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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"Piranha Brothers" is a Monty Python sketch (Face the Press) of Monty Python's Flying Circus, September 15, 1970. The premise is a BBC current affairs documentary, inexplicably entitled Ethel the Frog, covering the exploits of the fictional brothers Doug and Dinsdale Piranha, who employed a combination of "violence and sarcasm" to intimidate the London underworld and bring the city to its knees. Dinsdale was said to be afraid of "Spiny Norman", an apparently imaginary gigantic hedgehog whose reported size varied on Dinsdale's mood. The sketch constitutes a pastiche of the real-life story of the Kray twins, famous gangsters in the East End of London in the 1950s and 1960s. Doug and Dinsdale Piranha were loosely based on Reggie and Ronnie Kray, and the policeman who pursued them, Harry "Snapper" Organs, was loosely based on the policeman who led the investigation against the Krays, Detective Superintendent Leonard "Nipper" Read. Spiny Norman is possibly a subtle reference to the notorious former head of the London Drug Squad, Detective Sergeant Norman Pilcher. See more »

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When Reggie and Frances are walking through London in wintertime, the black Austin FX4 Taxi seen is a 1970s model, made some years after this scene was set. A Taxi of the correct era would have the 'bunny-ears' indicators above the passenger doors and Austin-Healey style taillights. 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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"This motion picture used sustainability strategies to reduce its carbon emissions and environmental impact." See more »

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References Casino Royale (1967) See more »

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Written by Freddie King, Sonny Thompson
Performed by Freddie King
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A Succession of Entertaining Scenes
14 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

If asked what this film is "about", you can respond that it's about the Krays - and you can't be much more specific than that.

The possibilities were immense - it could have been about the politics of the Kray empire, or a character study into what made the Krays tick, or (probably what the film should have gone for) a focused story of the Krays' downfall. Instead, the film lacks any real coherence or a strong narrative arc; it essentially consists of a series of scenes which could have been played in almost any order.

Now, a film which deals with real events always has to strike a balance between authenticity and arranging events into a satisfyingly cohesive narrative. This can be a problem for films striving for strict accuracy, but Legend's larger-than-life, often tongue-in-cheek approach left plenty of room for fashioning a narrative. Yet the closest Legend comes to telling a story concerns the relationship between Reggie and his wife Frances. This was an odd choice of perspective (Frances functions as the movie's narrator), not least because the film doesn't really explore the relationship in any real depth - for instance, five minutes into their first date, Reggie and Frances kiss and that's all that's done to establish that they're "in love". Although Emily Browning performed well enough as Frances, the writing for her character was so bad it was jarring - she speaks in horrible movie clichés, in a way that no-one ever speaks in real life.

The writing is otherwise excellent, and brought to life by fantastic performances from the whole cast - but especially, of course, Tom Hardy. His portrait of Ronnie, though it constantly borders on being absolutely preposterous, is impossible to tear your eyes away from. In every scene, I was waiting for the camera to cut back to Ronnie so I could savour the performance.

Does Hardy's double-performance redeem the film's shortcomings? Well, yes - enough for me to say that this film is worth a watch. You will be entertained, even if the film drags towards the end.

But ultimately, Hardy's incredible performance is wasted on a film which failed to tell a story. Legend provides no sort of insight into Reggie and Frances' relationship, or the downfall of the Krays, or the workings of their empire, or, most crucially of all, into the motivations and characters of the Krays.


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