D: Ridley Scott
20th Century Fox/Universal (Arnon Milchan)
UK 1985 (released 1986)
W: William Hjortsberg
DP: Alex Thomson
Ed: Terry Rawlings
Mus: Tangerine Dream (alternate version: Jerry Goldsmith)
PD: Assheton Gorton
Tom Cruise (Jack), Mia Sara (Princess Lily), Tim Curry (Darkness), David Bennett (Honeythorn Gump), Alice Playten (Blix), Billy Barty (Screwball)
Ridley Scott's flawed fantasy has some merits, the production design and makeup effects are absolutely fantastic.
The production itself was bereft with problems, principal photography was completed in 1984, but it took another year for the film to initially be released, before director Ridley Scott decided to re-edit the material for a 1986 mainstream release.
The story had potential, but the film's assets are that it's more beautiful to look at than to listen to (especially with the awful music score in the alternate version).
Tom Cruise plays a young peasant boy who takes his beautiful young sweetheart to see the last remaining unicorns, but a satanic demon has plans for them and their magical horns, giving him the strength to turn day into night.
Tim Curry's menacing performance as the devilish "darkness" practically saves this film, which becomes quite mawkish in places with the rest of the mythical creatures and it's unlikely to appeal to young children of today's generation.