Legend Friday, 05 June 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    18 (UK): Very strong language, strong violence.

  • The pitch:


  • Starring:

    Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, David Thewlis, Sam Spruell, Christopher Eccleston, Colin Morgan, Tara Fitzgerald, Adam Fogerty, Martin McCreadie, Shane Attwooll, Chazz Palminteri, Charley Palmer Rothwell

  • Directed by:

    Brian Helgeland

  • Running time:

    131 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)


    Suicide (pills). People are shot, stabbed, throat-sliced, beaten, punched, kicked, hammered, hit with objects, bashed, glassed, hooded, hung upside-down, electrocuted, hit by a car, bitten, headbutted, thrown, imprisoned, handcuffed, raped (implied), grabbed, slapped, hit, crotch-grabbed, whipped (sexual), threatened. A building is rammed, smashed objects, property damage, broken glass. Attempted murder by hit man. Bar fights, brawling. Police raid/door rammed. Arguing, yelling. Rapists, murderers, grievous bodily harm mentioned. References to World War II (Winston Churchill speech/dropped bombs and air raid shelters mentioned). Blood/gore: Corpses. Bloody stab wounds, bullet wounds, head, faces, mouths, noses, clothing, objects, cuts. Scars, stitches, bruising, bandage. Patient in hospital bed, IV drip. Cancer, heart attack mentioned.


    Homosexual orgy. Pornographic film (male-male) seen briefly. Kissing, flirting, caressing, undressing. Shirtless man, man in singlet, low-cut gowns, women in nightgowns, woman in underwear, skimpy dancewear. Sexual innuendo/banter.


    Drug overdose/addiction. People consume prescription pills (Stemetil and 'Mummy's Little Helpers'). Vials of pills seen. Alcohol (wine, beer, champagne, cocktails, spirits, hip flask). Smoking (cigars, cigarettes). Gambling (roulette). Pub, club, casino settings.


    C-words, f-words, s-words, a-words, bastard, w*nkers. Name-calling. Slang terms for genitals and bodily functions. Derogatory terms for women and homosexuals. Religious references and exclamations.


    Ronald and Reginald Kray, gangsters, London, crime, Eastenders, marriage, fraud, protection rackets, Mafia, paranoid schizophrenia, homosexuality, suicide, death, grief, engagement, mothers-in-law, brutality, corruption, scandal, murder.


    Dead wife/daughter/sister, relationship breakup. Prison, courtroom, cemetery, hospital, wedding, pub, club, casino, church settings. Donkey. Spitting, thunder. Based on the book The Profession of Violence by John Pearson.


    Slick, melancholy, amusing, fast, loose, heavyweight, swaggering, savvy, engrossing, lurid, bold, brash. Award-baiting/astonishing/magnetic/towering/astonishing/gutsy/physical/flashy performance/s by Tom Hardy, excellent performance by Emily Browning, strong supporting cast, seamless CGI of Kray twins, attractive retro/comic-book lensing, richly detailed production design, immersive period reconstruction, impeccable costume design.


    Flawed, lengthy, muddled, shallow. Baggy structure, bad dialogue, distracted focus, workmanlike direction, sluggish second half, Frances is frustratingly underwritten, voice-over narration feels jarring/clichéd/artless at times, offers little real insight into the Kray twins, somewhat incoherent/vacuous.

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