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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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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

£2,403,399 (UK) (19 May 1995)
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I am a sucker...
11 August 2003 | by (Stockholm) – See all my reviews

...but I must admit that I loved Legends of the fall. I understand that some people think it's corny and too romantic but if you like epic dramas this is the movie for you.

Reasons to see the movie:

  • Great acting. Anthony Hopkins makes a classic role as the US army


officer gone anarchist father. Brad Pitt is perfect in the role as the wild one with an indian "stepfather". Aidan Quinn makes another great performance, and Julia Ormond is very good as the (tragic) woman they all long for.
  • The scenery. Magic. I want to have a farm in Montana!


  • The camera work.


  • The story. I guess I am a sucker for epic dramas.


  • A number of very, very good scenes.


  • The movie is a kick in the nuts to "civilized life" and state


affairs.
  • The anarchistic attitude.


  • The character Tristan Ludlow.


  • The character William Ludlow.


  • The emotional ride.




Reasons to NOT see the movie:
  • You will be called a pathetic romantic if you like it. And you will


most probably like it...


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