The Legacy (1978)

35mm film, Technicolor, 1.85:1
Dolby System, English

A British/American horror film directed by Richard Marquand.

Plot Summary

While touring the English countryside, American architect Maggie Walsh and her boyfriend Pete Danner are involved in a traffic accident. Millionaire Jason Mountolive invites them to stay at his mansion where five other wealthy guests are also staying. As the other guests start dying off, Maggie comes to suspect that Mountolive and his servants may be involved in a Satanic cult and that her presence in the house was never an accident.


Directed by: Richard Marquand
© MCMLXXVIII [1978] Pethurst Ltd
An Arnold Kopelson presentation a Turman-Foster production. Made by Pethurst Ltd
Executive Producer: Arnold Kopelson
Produced by: David Foster
Associate Producer: Ted Lloyd
Screenplay by: Jimmy Sangster, Patrick Tilley, Paul Wheeler
Story by: Jimmy Sangster
Assistant Director: Michael Dryhurst, Andrew Montgomery [uncredited]
Script Supervisor: Gladys Goldsmith
Directors of Photography: Dick Bush, Alan Hume
Underwater Photography: Michael Gemmell
Camera Operator: Ian Henderson
Follow Focus: Cedric James [uncredited]
Gaffer: Bob Bremner
Grip: Les Bryan
Still Photographer: George Whitear
Editor: Anne V. Coates
Processing by: Rank Laboratories
Music Composed and Conducted by: Michael J. Lewis
Another Side of Me” sung by Kiki Dee, music by Michael J. Lewis, lyric by Gary Osborne
Sound Recordist: Brian Simmons
Re-recordist: Bill Rowe
Sound Editor: John Ireland
Recorded with Dolby System
Costumes: Shura Cohen
Wardrobe: Don Mothersill
Chief Make Up: Neville Smallwood
Hairdresser: Maude Onslow
Specialist Make Up: Robin Grantham
Special Effects: Ian Wingrove
Production Designer: Disley Jones
Assistant Art Director: Kit Surrey
Set Decorator: Bryan R. Graves
Property Master: Derek Knowler
Construction Manager: Reg Richards
Production Assistant: Barbara Allen
Unit Publicist: Lynda Levy
Made on location and at Bray International Film Centre, England
Location Manager: Alexander De Grunwald
Stunt Co-ordinator: Peter Diamond [uncredited]
Casting Director: Lesley de Pettit

Katharine Ross (Maggie Walsh)
Sam Elliott (Pete Danner)
Charles Gray (Karl Liebknecht)
Lee Montague (Jacques Grandier)
Hildegard Neil (Barbara Kirstenburg)
John Standing (Jason Mountolive)
Margaret Tyzack (Nurse Adams)
Roger Daltrey as Clive [Jackson]
William Abney (butler)
Patsy Smart (cook)
Ian Hogg (Harry)
Marianne Broome (Maria)
Mathias Kilroy (stable lad)
Reg Harding (gardener)

Alternative Titles

The Legacy of Maggie Walsh


Cinefantastique vol.8 no.4 (Summer 1979) p.34 – review
L'Écran Fantastique no.9 (1979) p.30 – review
Empire no.193 July 2005) p.170 – review (RWD: The Legacy by Kim Newman)
Films and Filming vol.25 no.2 (November 1978) p.35 – note
Films and Filming vol.26 no.3 (December 1979) pp.44-45 – illustrated preview
Films Illustrated vol.8 no.86 (October 1978) p.64-65 – review
Flesh and Blood no.5 September 1995) p.41 – review (1978 by Andy Black)
The Hollywood Reporter vol.249 no.45 (13 January 1978) p.22 – note
The Hollywood Reporter vol.259 no.12 (14 November 1979) pp.3, 35 – review
Monthly Film Bulletin vol.45 n538 November 1978) p.221 – credits, synopsis, review
Photoplay vol.29 no.5 (May 1978) p.28 – production notes
Screen International no.157 (23 September 1978) p.17 – note
Screen International no.122 21 Jan 1978) p.12 – credits.
Screen International no.124 4 Feb 1978) p.12-13 – production notes
Variety 3 October 1979 p.15 – credits, review

Roger Daltrey: The Biography by Tim Ewbank and Stafford Hildred pp.148-149 – notes