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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.

Director:

Edward Zwick

Writers:

Susan Shilliday (screenplay), William D. Wittliff (screenplay) (as Bill Wittliff) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Pitt ... Tristan
Anthony Hopkins ... Ludlow
Aidan Quinn ... Alfred
Julia Ormond ... Susannah
Henry Thomas ... Samuel
Karina Lombard ... Isabel Two
Tantoo Cardinal ... Pet
Gordon Tootoosis ... One Stab
Paul Desmond Paul Desmond ... Decker
Christina Pickles ... Isabel
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 twentieth century Montana, Colonel William Ludlow (Sir Anthony Hopkins) lives in the wilderness with his sons, Tristan (Brad Pitt), Alfred (Aidan Quinn), and Samuel (Henry Thomas). 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 (Julia Ormond), 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 »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

It took producer and director Edward Zwick 17 years to get this project up on-screen. See more »

Goofs

When Tristan goes on his scalping quest, he attacks two German soldiers who are lighting a cigarette at night behind their machine gun position, in full view of the enemy. No soldier in his right mind would have offered such a tempting target to an enemy sniper. See more »

Quotes

Alfred: I followed all of the rules, man's and God's. And you, you followed none of them. And they all loved you more. Samuel, Father, and my... even my own wife.
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Alternate Versions

The new special edition contains 3 new scenes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Crime Stories: Double-Cross (2004) See more »

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The Letters
Written by James Horner
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Moved me like no film I've seen in a long damn time!
23 March 2004 | by epatSee all my reviews

I watch a lot of movies & I can't remember the last time a film held me so spellbound. Not only are the characters engaging & vividly portrayed by an excellent cast, the subtle dynamics of their interactions are portrayed with inspired undertone & nuance. Star billing or even an Oscar should also have been awarded to the spectacularly beautiful scenery of Montana for the vast majesty it bestowed.

This complex saga of love, grief & loyalty is narrated with stark simplicity by old Stab, long-time friend to retired Colonel Ludlow & his 3 sons: staid Alfred, the eldest ("old even for his years"); idealistic Samuel, the youngest ("There was nothing these brothers would not do for him."); & wild Tristan ("Such people become crazy or they become legends."). The conflict between Ludlow's fiercely anti-government anti-war stance & his sons' determination to do what they see as their duty is but a small part of the story; the heart of the tale is the rift that threatens the mutual devotion of these 3 loyal brothers as they all come to love the same woman. "She was not to blame," Stab tells us, "She was like the ice that freezes in the rock and splits it apart."

A tragic tale, yes; heartbreaking at times, but never boring. Every time I felt certain I knew what was coming next, the plot took another unexpected turn & I sat there riveted, softly breathing "Wow!" now & again into the darkness. This film immediately became one of my all-time favorites; I've watched it half a dozen times since then & its scope & power never fail to move me.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cornish

Release Date:

13 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Legends of the Fall See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$101,670, 26 December 1994

Gross USA:

$66,638,883

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$160,638,883
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Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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