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Legends of the Fall (1994) Poster

Trivia

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Neither Brad Pitt nor Julia Ormond had ridden before making this film.
It took Edward Zwick 17 years to get this project up on screen.
Calgary was chosen as the main filming location because of its dry weather. Naturally, once the production started there, they were met with record rainfalls.
Johnny Depp was offered, and turned down, the role of Tristan Ludlow.
In Legends of the Fall, Brad Pitt and Julia Ormond play star-crossed lovers of about the same ages. In The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Julia Ormond plays Brad Pitt's daughter.
Originally conceived as a starring vehicle for Sean Connery and Tom Cruise.
The title refers to the biblical fall from innocence. In Sweden, however, the title was translated as "Höstlegender" meaning Legends of the Fall (the season, as in autumn). Similarly, in South Korea, the title was "Gaeul-ui jeonseol" interpreting "the fall" as the autumn season. The same in France, where it was named "Légendes d'automne".
Moving filming from Montana to Canada saved the production $2 million.
Both Samantha Mathis and Gwyneth Paltrow read for the role of Susannah.
The book from which Colonel Ludlow is reading the night the boys announce they're going to war is the short story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" by Rudyard Kipling in "The Jungle Book", volume two.
The brothers enlisted in the Canadian Army and appear to have served in the 10th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force by the badges on their uniforms. The 10th Battalion was formed from the 103rd Regiment (Calgary Rifles) which was later known as The Calgary Regiment.
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).
Both the film and book contain occasional Cornish language terms, the Ludlows being a Cornish emigrant family.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When shooting the scene where Isabelle Two is shot and Tristan gets beat up by the policemen, the actor playing the policeman accidentally really hit Brad Pitt on the head with the baton, giving him a black eye. Shortly after that, they shot the tennis scene that's near the beginning, and Brad Pitt still has his black eye. They had to make up a couple of lines about his "shiner" to explain it.
The final line, "It was a good death" was also used in a later Edward Zwick directed movie, 2003's "The Last Samurai." When Captain Algren (Tom Cruise) finds out that he killed Katsumoto's brother in law, Katsumoto (Ken Wantanabe) replies, "It was a good death."
A foreshadowing of the progression of the storyline happened when a young Isabel Two told Sussanah she "Was going to marry Tristan." When in fact Tristan did marry Isabel Two when she was older and had two children.

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