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'Legend' In Its Time

May 11, 1986

Well, Universal seems to have done it again.

After spending $30 million on "Legend," they proceeded to cut it by at least a half-hour from the European version. Then they removed a brilliant score by Jerry Goldsmith and replaced it with a mediocre one by Tangerine Dream. Thye evidently thought the film was then simplistic enough to appeal to the movie-going public.

Lo and behold, after two weeks of good business against weak competition, this week "Legend" began its downward spiral towards box-office oblivion.

The lesson to be learned from this sad story is obvious: if you have enough faith in a film maker and trust his vision, then leave him alone and don't underestimate the intelligence of the audience.

STEVE AND KEN BARR

Culver City

"Legend's" take at the box office so far is $10.8 million, with per-screen figures dropping ominously in the third week.

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