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Legends of the Fall (1994)

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In the early 1900s, three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of Montana are affected by betrayal, history, love, nature, and war.

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Edward Zwick

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Susan Shilliday (screenplay), William D. Wittliff (screenplay) (as Bill Wittliff) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Pitt ... Tristan Ludlow
Anthony Hopkins ... Col. William Ludlow
Aidan Quinn ... Alfred Ludlow
Julia Ormond ... Susannah Fincannon
Henry Thomas ... Samuel Ludlow
Karina Lombard ... Isabel Two
Tantoo Cardinal ... Pet
Gordon Tootoosis ... One Stab
Paul Desmond Paul Desmond ... Decker
Christina Pickles ... Isabel Ludlow
Robert Wisden ... John T. O'Banion
John Novak ... James O'Banion (as John Novack)
Kenneth Welsh ... Sheriff Tynert
Bill Dow ... Longley
Sam Sarkar Sam Sarkar ... Rodriguez
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Storyline

In early 20th-century Montana, Col. William Ludlow lives in the wilderness with his sons, Tristan, Alfred and Samuel. Eventually, the unconventional but close-knit family encounters tragedy when Samuel is killed in World War I. Tristan and Alfred survive their tours of duty, but, soon after they return home, both men fall for Samuel's gorgeous fiancée, Susannah, and their intense rivalry begins to destroy the family. Written by Jwelch5742

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

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Drama | Romance | War | Western

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cornish

Release Date:

13 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leyendas de pasión See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$101,670, 23 December 1994, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$66,638,883

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$160,638,883
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SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title refers to the biblical fall from innocence. In Sweden, however, the title was translated as "Höstlegender" meaning "Legends of the Autumn", the season. 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" also in Romania, named "Legendele toamnei". See more »

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The thick greenish-yellow clouds of mustard gas disappear behind Samuel when the German soldiers arrive and set up their machine gun. See more »

Quotes

Tristan: Because you love her, I will forgive that, ONCE! Say that again, and you are no longer my brother.
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Television broadcasts exclude some graphic violence and blood, profanity, and nudity. See more »

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Complex storyline has poorly motivated characters...
5 May 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Not having read the novella upon which this is based, I don't quite understand the quirky reasons for the characters to behave as they do in 'Legends of the Fall'--nor do I understand just what the title is supposed to imply. It's all a bit grandiose with some of the most breathtaking color photography of a western landscape ever seen in an American movie--richly deserving of an Oscar for its photography. But the story is another matter--a sprawling, epic kind of familial tale of the struggle for a father's affection, the love of two brothers for the same woman, etc., with all of the characters swept up in tumultuous emotional states without preparing the viewer for the reasons.

The overall effect is disappointing when, after spending a couple of hours with these characters, you have no better understanding of their nature or what makes them tick. And yet, despite poor motivation, all of the actors do outstanding jobs--from Brad Pitt to Henry Thomas to Aidan Quinn to Anthony Hopkins--hats off for some fine acting. But at the core of the movie is a hollow factor that fails to touch base or explain the events. The jumps in continuity are a bit baffling.

On the plus side, the war scenes are especially realistic--and it's nice to see Henry Thomas (the boy from E.T.) developing into a fine actor. The outdoor photography is awesome and the score by James Horner is an impressive one. Too bad the script was such a letdown.

Summing up: a picture that can be enjoyed on its own terms--beautiful to look at but hollow inside.


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