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Legends of the Fall (1994)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  13 January 1995 (USA)
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Epic tale of three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of 1900s USA and how their lives are affected by nature, history, war, and love.

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Set in the Rocky Mountains of Montana in the early 1900s, this is a tale of love, betrayal, and brotherhood. After being discharged, Colonel Ludlow decides to raise his three sons in the wilds of Montana, where they can grow up away from the government and society he has learned to despise. The three brothers mature and seem to have an unbreakable bond, until Susanna enters their lives. When Samuel, the youngest of the three, returns from college he brings with him his beautiful fiancée, Susanna. The eldest son, Alfred, soon finds himself in love with his brother's fiancée, and things get worse when he discovers a growing passion between Susanna and Tristan. Colonel Ludlow's favorite son, Tristan is willful and as wild as the mountains. As the brothers set out to fight a war in Europe, suspicion and jealousy threatens to tear apart their once indestructible bond. Written by saunders11@yahoo.com

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The men of the Ludlow family. A woman's grace brought them together. Then her passion tore them apart. See more »

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Rated R for violence, and for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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£2,403,399 (UK) (19 May 1995)
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This movie was originally to be filmed in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada), but the city officials refused to remove several trees (which would have been replaced after the end of filming). See more »

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In the scene on the street where the two Ludlow families meet, Alfred is wearing medals for his service in the Great War. As he served with his brothers in the Canadian Forces from 1914-15 he should be eligible for three medals - 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal (1914-1918) - comprising one star and two discs. The medals he wears all appear to be discs and the colors of the ribbons do not appear to match the official colors of the medals named. Disc medals were awarded for bravery but only to enlisted men and as he was an officer he would not have received such. Note that in wearing such foreign decorations he is unlikely to have breached the Constitution as he received these awards whilst serving in the Canadian Army and is not wearing them on a US uniform. See more »

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Tristan: You know when Samuel died... when Samuel died, I cursed God. Did I damn everybody around me as well as myself?
Colonel Ludlow: No. You are not damned, Tristan... I won't allow that.
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A wonderful, emotional melodrama
21 April 2000 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

A really good film. Basically a melodrama. Repeat, MELOdrama. Hollywood used to churn out this sort of film all the time with no apologies. OK, many of them seem corny now, but why do people think that every movie made has to be stark realism?

I was tremendously impressed with Brad Pitt's performance. (I'm a guy, so I mean that, and am not swooning over his looks). I had never seen him in anything before, and had barely heard of him. Anthony Hopkins was, as always, fantastic. In fact every single actor hit every single note with the possible exception of Henry Thomas. One of Aidan Quinn's best films, also. The photography of Alberta is magnificent, and I think no one can begrudge LOTF its cinematography Oscar.

The film makers have an excuse for the occasional credibility lapse, in that there is a story frame, the recollections of One Stab, the old Cree. This covers things like Susannah falling for Samuel, who seemed to be an empty suit, Tristan keeping his long hair while in the British Army, etc. Excellent performance by Gordon Tootoosis, by the way, although his manner of speaking is very reminiscent of Chief Dan George.

I highly recommend this film, if you can watch it without trying to dislike it.


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