Synopsis: A demon who seeks to create eternal night by destroying the last of the unicorns and marrying a fairy princess is opposed by the forest boy Jack and his elven allies in this magical fantasy. Two different versions of this picture feature soundtracks by either Tangerine Dream or Jerry Goldsmith.
Director(s): Ridley Scott
Production: Universal Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

I am the lord of darkness.

I require the solace

of the shadows...

and the dark of the night.

Sunshine is my destroyer.

All this shall change.

Tonight, the sun sets forever.

There shall never be

another dawn...


Ah, Blix.

Come closer.

You summoned me, lordship?

Are you not the most loathsome

of my goblins?

Truly, master.

And is your heart black

and full of hate?

Black as midnight,

black as pitch,

blacker than

the foulest witch.

That is why

I have called you here.

Since I must remain in darkness,

you shall be my eyes and ears.

You do me

great honor, lord.

Something troubles me.

I feel a presence

in the forest,

a force I had mercifully

almost forgotten.

Must be dread, indeed,

to trouble you, lordship.

Looking upon

these frail creatures,

one would not think that

they could contain such power.

One could rule

the universe with it.

You must find them for me

and destroy them!

What do they look like, lord?

Fool! Let this

serve to remind you.

They are each crowned

with a single horn...

reaching straight

to heaven.

I get the point, lord.

Bring the horns to me.

You will be well rewarded.

You shall be a prince

here in my realm.

A rare privilege, master.

Where shall I look, sire?

There is only one lure

for such disgusting goodness,

one bait that never fails.

What be this bait?

Please, you teach me.

Innocence. Innocence.

Come, white flowers

Weave us a carpet

Spreading oak

Make a shade where we lie

Leaves and branches

whisper our love song

When I look

in my true love's eyes

Young as any spring

His eyes almost sing

To me

Blooming fairies!


God bless, Your Highness.

A royal visit's

always a pleasure.

Have another biscuit.


I have no time to stay

for a visit today.

Oh, you've got

a sweetheart waiting?

No, I don't. Surely, your

father forbids such folly.

What my father doesn't know

won't trouble him.

Oh, the willful heart

invites despair,

like blind men creeping

in a dragon's lair.

Not a country proverb

nor king's command...

could keep me

from the woods today.

Then it's common sense sort.

Lily. Princess Lily.

I look on you as a daughter.

If you'll pardon my saying it,

it's time you started behaving

like the princess you are.

You should be out looking for a

handsome prince on a white charger,

not visiting

poor folk like us.

No. Don't you know

I love coming here?

This place holds

more magic for me...

than any palace

in the world.

You live a very rich

life, Nell.

I don't know of a prince

who could carve wood like this.

You're very sweet, Lily.

Magic is a wonderful thing.

You'll find your own magic

one day.

I'm sure you will.

I have no time for this.

I'm going.

Oh, and you look out for

spriggen and banshee, my girl.

These woods

be thick with them.

Stay clear of toadstool

rings and willow trees...

and old oaks.


Where are you?


Jack! Jack!



Jack, answer me.

Jack! Jack!


Jack, please. Please, if you're

here, say something to me, please.

Jack, you scared

the life out of me!

You're so clever.

Oh, here.

Whoops. Look inside.

See what you can find.

That's something to eat.

I made that for you myself.

Well, I-I took it from Nell.

Do you like it? Is it sweet?

I know someone sweeter.

May be innocent,

may be sweet...

ain't half as nice

as rotting meat.

Good. Very good.

Just right.

Jack, now teach me rabbit

like you promised.


It's much harder than finch. Let me try.

I'm a good student, and my

father says I'm brilliant.

See how brilliant I am?

Let me dazzle you

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William Hjortsberg

William "Gatz" Hjortsberg (February 23, 1941 – April 22, 2017) was an American novelist and screenwriter known for writing the screenplay of the film Legend.His novel Falling Angel was the basis for the film Angel Heart (1987). more…

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