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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tristan Ludlow
... Col. William Ludlow
... Alfred Ludlow
... Susannah Fincannon
... Samuel Ludlow
... Isabel Two
... Pet
... One Stab
Paul Desmond ... Decker
... Isabel Ludlow
... John T. O'Banion
... James O'Banion (as John Novack)
... Sheriff Tynert
... Longley
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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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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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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13 January 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Leyendas de pasión  »

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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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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Samantha Mathis and Gwyneth Paltrow read for the role of Susannah. See more »

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Just as the animal/bear stage begins to takes over Tristan, he rides to Samuel's grave and as he leaves, an orange cone is visible. It's kicked up by Tristan's horse. See more »

Quotes

One Stab: I thought Tristan would never live to be an old man. I was wrong about that. I was wrong about many things. It was those who loved him most who died young. He was a rock they broke themselves against however much he tried to protect them.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Memo to the Academy - 1995 (1995) See more »

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Twilight and Mist
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A wonderful, emotional melodrama
21 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

A really good film. Basically a melodrama. Repeat, MELOdrama. Hollywood used to churn out this sort of film all the time with no apologies. OK, many of them seem corny now, but why do people think that every movie made has to be stark realism?

I was tremendously impressed with Brad Pitt's performance. (I'm a guy, so I mean that, and am not swooning over his looks). I had never seen him in anything before, and had barely heard of him. Anthony Hopkins was, as always, fantastic. In fact every single actor hit every single note with the possible exception of Henry Thomas. One of Aidan Quinn's best films, also. The photography of Alberta is magnificent, and I think no one can begrudge LOTF its cinematography Oscar.

The film makers have an excuse for the occasional credibility lapse, in that there is a story frame, the recollections of One Stab, the old Cree. This covers things like Susannah falling for Samuel, who seemed to be an empty suit, Tristan keeping his long hair while in the British Army, etc. Excellent performance by Gordon Tootoosis, by the way, although his manner of speaking is very reminiscent of Chief Dan George.

I highly recommend this film, if you can watch it without trying to dislike it.


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