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Legends of the Fall (1994)

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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, love and betrayal.



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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Desmond ...
Robert Wisden ...
James O'Banion (as John Novack)
Sam Sarkar ...


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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He was a rock they broke themselves against however much he tried to protect them See more »


Drama | Romance | War | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

13 January 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Leyendas de pasión  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)


$66,528,842 (USA)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(8 channels)|



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both the film and book contain occasional Cornish language terms, the Ludlows being a Cornish emigrant family. See more »


During infamous Tristan and Susannah's hug (after the boys announce they are going to the war), Tristan's lips move from Susannah's cheek to her forehead. Then camera angle changes, and his lips are again at her cheek's level. See more »


Young Isabel Two: Tristan calls me a half breed.
Colonel Ludlow: Tristan calls you a half breed!
Young Isabel Two: He says I'm half gopher and half hawk.
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Referenced in Special Collector's Edition: Supercop (2011) See more »


The Letters
Written by James Horner
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The best film i have ever seen..
22 April 2000 | by (Northamptonshire, England) – See all my reviews

Dispite some of the reviews, i think this film is one of the best ever made. i have seen it a hundred times. the sweeping score, the Montana backdrop and the plot are just some of the things that make this film great. i would recommend everyone to see, although not everyone will like what they see as it requires a certain taste. 11/10

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