Legacy Releasing was an independent film distribution company based in California. It was founded in 1996 by Mark Borde and J. David Williams, veterans in the motion picture industry.
The company's first two releases, Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored and Robert Wuhl's Open Season , were shown at the Cannes Film Festival the same year it was established.Afterwards, it became a leader in independent distribution, releasing an average of 15 films per year.
Notable films from the company included Little Men, Wedding Bell Blues , The Swan Princess: Escape from Castle Mountain , Shiloh (and its sequel, Shiloh Season ), and an animated version of Pippi Longstocking .
None of Legacy's output was successful financially. Its highest-grossing film, When We Were Colored, took close to $2.3 million at the U.S. box office. However, the home video business was booming at the time and was the economic engine of this company.
In 1999, Legacy went out of business, and was successfully merged and consolidated into Warner Home Video. Borde went on to become co-president of another company, the short-lived Independent Artists.As of 2006, Legacy's official site (legacyfilms.com) no longer exists.
Borde is now the head of Freestyle Releasing.Williams is now the CEO of Marble Arch Entertainment.
|Title||Release Date||Distributing Partner|
|Once Upon a Time...When We Were Colored||January 26, 1996||Republic Pictures|
|Open Season||May 3, 1996||Republic Pictures|
|A Season in Purgatory||May 5, 1996||Republic Pictures|
|Rumpelstiltskin||May 17, 1996||Republic Pictures|
|Lover's Knot||July 12, 1996||Cabin Fever Entertainment|
|Killer: A Journal of Murder||September 6, 1996||Republic Pictures|
|Somebody to Love||September 27, 1996||Cabin Fever Entertainment|
|Cadillac Ranch||October 10, 1996||BMG Independents|
|Santa with Muscles||November 8, 1996||Cabin Fever Entertainment|
|Adrenalin: Fear the Rush||November 29, 1996||Dimension Films|
|The Wind in the Willows||December 16, 1996||GoodTimes Entertainment|
|Shiloh||April 27, 1997||Warner Bros.|
|Wedding Bell Blues||June 13, 1997||BMG Independents|
|Digging to China||July 16, 1997|
|The Swan Princess: Escape from Castle Mountain||July 18, 1997||Warner Bros.|
|Pippi Longstocking||August 22, 1997||Warner Bros.|
|Love Always||October 10, 1997|
|Kiss & Tell||October 17, 1997||Republic Pictures|
|Grizzly Mountain||October 31, 1997||LIVE Entertainment/Hemdale Communications|
|The Only Thrill||March 6, 1998|
|A Rat's Tale||March 20, 1998||Warner Bros.|
|Eden||March 27, 1998||BMG Independents|
|Little Men||May 8, 1998||Warner Bros.|
|Plump Fiction||May 15, 1998||Rhino Entertainment|
|The Mighty Kong||June 16, 1998||Warner Bros.|
|Hands on a Hard Body: The Documentary||July 10, 1998|
|Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie||October 16, 1998||GoodTimes Entertainment|
|Thursday||November 13, 1998||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment|
|Eight Days a Week||February 26, 1999|
|Clubland||April 16, 1999|
|Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season||July 2, 1999||Warner Bros.|
|Simon Sez||September 24, 1999||Columbia Pictures|
|Trois||February 11, 2000||Rainforest Films|
|Family Tree||April 21, 2000||WarnerVision Entertainment|
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