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Legend (2015)



Critic Consensus: As a gangster biopic, Legend is deeply flawed, but as a showcase for Tom Hardy -- in a dual role, no less -- it just about lives up to its title.

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From Academy Award (R) winner Brian Helgeland comes the true story of the rise and fall of London's most notorious gangsters, Reggie and Ron Kray, both portrayed by Tom Hardy in an incredible performance. LEGEND is a classic crime thriller taking us into the secret history of the 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured the infamy of the Kray Twins.

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Tom Hardy
as Ronald Kray/Reginald Kray
Emily Browning
as Frances Shea
David Thewlis
as Leslie Payne
Chazz Palminteri
as Angelo Bruno
Taron Egerton
as Teddy Smith
Paul Anderson
as Albert Donoghue
Tara Fitzgerald
as Elsie Shea
Joshua Hill
as Constable Scott
Colin Morgan
as Frank Shea
Nicholas Farrell
as Dr. Humphries
Adam Fogerty
as Pat Connolly
Mel Raido
as Ian Barrie
Major Johnson Finley
as The Double R Club Singer
Major Johnson Finley
as The Double R Club Singer
Millie Brady
as Joan Collins
Stephen Thompson
as Ronnie Bender
Stephen Thompson
as Ronnie Bender
Sam Spruell
as Jack McVitie
Alex Ferns
as McLean
Martin McCreadie
as Eddie Richardson
Martin McCreadie
as Eddie Richardson
Shane Attwooll
as George Cornell
Richard Riddell
as Mike Jobber
Huggy Leaver
as Pig & Whistle Barman
Sam Hoare
as Stefan De Faye
Frankie Fitzgerald
as Jack Dickson
Frankie Fitzgerald
as Jack Dickson
Christopher Adamson
as Philip Testa
Alex Giannini
as Tony Caponigro
Samantha Pearl
as Shirley Bassey
as Timi Yuro
Samantha Pearl
as Shirley Bassey
Mark Theodore
as Sonny Liston
Lara Cazalet
as Mrs. Payne
Tim Faraday
as Big Screw
John Sessions
as Lord Boothby
Kevin McNally
as Harold Wilson
Tim Woodward
as Superintendent Cummings
Nick Hendrix
as Hew McCowan
Nick Hendrix
as Hew McCowan
Robert Ashby
as Arnold Goodman
Geoffrey Beevers
as Old Bailey Judge
Jane Wood
as Violet Kray
Jon McKenna
as Charles Kary Senior
John Sears
as Father Foster
John Sears
as Father Foster
Lorraine Stanley
as Blind Beggar Barmaid
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Critic Reviews for Legend

All Critics (171) | Top Critics (52)

Legend really does waste the majority of its potential, Helgeland never tapping into the story of the Kray brothers in a way that is essential or lasting.

August 18, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Helgeland uses long-take shots through boisterous clubs, unreliable narration and splashes of violence to create a drama of little surprise and even less impact.

December 4, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Legend seems like a movie Scorsese might have made if he wasn't paying attention - the elements are present but they are clumsily assembled and the outcome underwhelms.

December 3, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's not short of thrills, the biggest of which is Hardy's double performance.

December 3, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Watching Tom Hardy nearly upstage himself in the gangster biopic Legend makes for mesmerizing viewing. It's also an object lesson in how great acting can transcend a film's limitations.

December 3, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The movie's a testament to the Krays' ability to get away with everything - for a while, anyway. But it's better evidence of Tom Hardy's ability to do just about anything.

November 25, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Legend

The story of the infamous Kray twin gangsters relies entirely on its leading man Hardy in a double and he truly does deliver. The plot is always entertaining although it follows the mob standards, but things never get too exciting either. I guess true events sometimes do that. Still, Hardy's performance makes it all worth while.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Tom Hardy is the main (or in fact only) reason for you to see this film, playing twin brothers and stealing the scene especially as the insane, dangerous and hilariously bizarre Ronnie Kray, but as a biopic it is flawed and conventional like many other gangster movies alike.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


A soap opera about gangsters? Well yes. Married To The Mob, London Style. More of a reality show than a gangster film. There's only one gang fight scene, and it has the feel of obligatory all over it. There's one brutality of the penal system scene, again: feels obligatory. Indeed for a film about two of the biggest gangsters of their time there's precious little gangstering. Hardy does well (twice) and the attendant supporting cast is up for the challenge, only there's nothing for the group to work on. Maybe they should make it a television series. Maybe then they'd get to some serious corroding of the hopes and dreams for the future like a true gang epic.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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