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Legends of the Fall (1994) Poster

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Johnny Depp was offered, and turned down, the role of Tristan Ludlow.
Neither Brad Pitt nor Julia Ormond had ridden before making this film.
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".
It took Edward Zwick 17 years to get this project up on screen.
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.
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.
Originally conceived as a starring vehicle for Sean Connery and Tom Cruise.
Both Samantha Mathis and Gwyneth Paltrow read for the role of Susannah.
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Moving filming from Montana to Canada saved the production $2 million.
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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.
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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.
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Both the film and book contain occasional Cornish language terms, the Ludlows being a Cornish emigrant family.
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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).
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The final line, "It was a good death" was also used in a later Edward Zwick directed movie, 2003's A"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."
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