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The Legacy (1978)

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An American couple in England stumble upon a rambling mansion where a number of powerful individuals have been summoned by its patriarch regarding the home's legacy.

Director:

Richard Marquand

Writers:

Jimmy Sangster (screenplay), Patrick Tilley (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Katharine Ross ... Margaret Walsh
Sam Elliott ... Pete Danner
John Standing ... Jason Mountolive
Ian Hogg ... Harry
Margaret Tyzack ... Nurse Adams
Charles Gray ... Karl Liebnecht
Lee Montague ... Jacques Grandier
Hildegard Neil Hildegard Neil ... Barbara Kirstenburg
Marianne Broome Marianne Broome ... Maria Gabrieli
William Abney William Abney ... Butler
Patsy Smart ... Cook
Mathias Kilroy Mathias Kilroy ... Stable Lad
Reg Harding Reg Harding ... Gardener
Roger Daltrey ... Clive Jackson
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Storyline

A millionaire, a million-dollar prostitute, a star-maker, a nation-killer, a woman whose lusts are as cold as graveyard snow. Five of the most powerful people in the world, and Maggie (Katharine Ross) makes six, gather in an ancient mansion to inherit a Legacy of bloodsome horror. Written by John Coyne

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It is an evil beyond exorcism. See more »

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Horror

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Trivia

Considered for Grandier were Peter Arne, Frank Finlay, Peter Jeffrey, Joss Ackland, Ian Bannen, John Carson, and Ian Hendry. See more »

Goofs

When Sam Elliot's character takes a shower and breaks the glass door to avoid being burned with the hot water, his back gets hurt and bleeds, but when Katharine Ross's character comes into the bathroom, Sam's back is completely clean. See more »

Quotes

Clive Jackson: [in Ravenhurst's drawing room] ... I always wanted to break into the music business, myself.
Jacques Grandier: [wryly] In most of Europe, he IS the music business.
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Alternate Versions

US theatrical cut is 100 min. and British theatrical cut 102 min. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Another Side of Me
Sung by Kiki Dee
Music by Michael J. Lewis
Lyric by Gary Osborne
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The Mansion. The Gathering. The Evil... Her Destiny.
29 July 2010 | by Vomitron_GSee all my reviews

The first time I ever saw this one, I must have been barely in my mid-teens. And I didn't like it very much (hey, I preferred my horror filled with slimy monsters and lots of blood & gore back then). But some things about this movie stuck with me over the years (especially the infamous 'tracheatomy-scene' did, amongst other things). And I just knew that was a good thing. So you could say I was ready for a more "mature viewing" of this movie. And yes, it's actually pretty good! I didn't mind it was a bit slow during the first half, because it builds up a good atmosphere wrapped in a fine mystery. Some people in their user-comments called it a "haunted house movie", but that couldn't possibly be further from the truth, as far as I'm concerned. It's a film about the supernatural, yes, but the only 'haunted house'-related thing it does have, is indeed one big, creepy looking mansion on an isolated location on UK grounds. Margaret Walsh (played by a beautiful looking Katharine Ross) is summoned to the UK for an architect-assignment. Her friend Pete (Sam Elliot) accompanies her. Circumstances lead her to the aforementioned mansion, where she is obliged to stay the weekend. Then 5 other guests arrive and they all seem to know why they are there, but Margaret doesn't. It's up to her and Pete to find out, because it doesn't take long before the guests start dying one by one. And something inside the mansion isn't willing to let her go... That's really all you need to know before going into this movie. The death-scenes aren't particularly gory, but they were sort of original at the time (1978), and there's even a catch to them... Very happy I did finally re-watch this film, as I seem to have slightly misjudged it in my teen-days.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1979 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,364,985

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,364,985
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Dolby

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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