Legend movie quotes tell the true story of the Kray brothers, the legendary British gangster twins in the 1950s and 1960s. The crime thriller was adapted into a screenplay by Brian Helgeland based on the book The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins by John Pearson. Helgeland also directed Legend, which opened in theaters on September 9, 2015, in the United Kingdom and on November 20, 2015, in the United States.
In Legend, the story of twin brothers Ronald and Reggie Kray (both portrayed by Tom Hardy) is told. Despite Ronald dealing with mental illnesses which made him psychotic, violent and dangerous, he and Reggie built an empire of organized crime in the 1950s and 1960s in London, England. And as twin brothers, they had a loyalty to one another that was unmatched, which both made them very successful in their criminal profession and an unbreakable pair despite anyone or anything trying to get between them.
So while Reggie's wife Frances Shea (Emily Browning) tried to have a normal relationship with the gangster, his loyalty to Ronnie was always an issue. Similarly, when Philadelphia crime boss Angelo Bruno wanted to partner with Reggie and urged Reggie to do something about Ronnie's mental status, this too presented a problem. But it was also their loyalty that was their downfall as once Detective Superintendent Nipper Read (Christopher Eccleston) took down one brother in 1969, he effectively took down them both.Legend brings some thrills to theaters which were also showing other great films such as The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2, The Night Before, and The 33.
A Shootout... Like a Western
Ronald Kray: What is that? I come here for a proper shootout! What you gonna do with that rolling pin? You gonna bake me a cake? What I want is a shootout, a shootout is a shootout... like a western!When Ronald hears a shootout advertised, he is not expecting to see one of its participants bring a rolling pin to the battle. He wants a true shootout, just like in the western movies.
Do You Like Being a Gangster?
Frances Shea: Do you like being a gangster?
Reggie Kray: I like the money and the respect.
Frances Shea: You could go straight.
Reggie Kray: Life isn't always what we want it to be.
Everyone Had a Story About the Krays
Frances Shea: London in the 1960s, everyone had a story about the Krays. They were twins. Reggie was a gangster prince of East End, Ronnie Kray was a one-man mob and he was certified insane.Frances Shea, Reggie's love interest, gives a quick introduction to the notorious Kray twins, while also giving a quick overview of the film. The Kray brothers were well known in London in the 60s for being equal parts gangsters and, well, insane.
The Las Vegas of Europe
Angelo Bruno: London is going to be the Las Vegas of Europe. We need someone to front and someone to muscle.
Reggie Kray: We can handle it.
Angelo Bruno: You come to Philadelphia! You see a nice Italian girl, we'll get her for you!
Ronald Kray: I prefer boys, Italians, sometimes Greek, but I am not prejudiced.
Angelo Bruno: You've got a lot of balls to admit that, kid!