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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

Writers:

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
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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Details

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, 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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Trivia

The sets for the ranch were the Rafters Six Resort (since dismantled) between Canmore and Calgary, Alberta. See more »

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In the scene on the street where the two Ludlow families meet, Alfred is wearing medals for his service in the Great War. As he served with his brothers in the Canadian Forces from 1914-15 he should be eligible for three medals - 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal (1914-1918) - comprising one star and two discs. The medals he wears all appear to be discs and the colors of the ribbons do not appear to match the official colors of the medals named. Disc medals were awarded for bravery but only to enlisted men and as he was an officer he would not have received such. Note that in wearing such foreign decorations he is unlikely to have breached the Constitution as he received these awards whilst serving in the Canadian Army and is not wearing them on a US uniform. See more »

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[First lines]
One Stab: Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness and they live by what they hear. Such people become crazy, or they become legends.
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User Reviews

 
Great drama taking place before, during and after World War I

Normally love dramas don't interest me, since I find them boring and predictable. This film, while being more than "just" a good love drama, really impressed me. Many of the scenes are quite visually beautiful, some in cinematography, others in content. As a love drama, it's moving, and at times almost poetically beautiful. It involves three men, brothers, who are all in love with the same woman. She has a relationship with each of them, but ultimately realizes that she only loves one of them. The plot is very good, and evolves at the right pace for this type of story. Not terribly fast, but never stands still either. The actors all portray their respective characters well, nearly all of them giving a perfect performance. Anthony Hopkins is great, as always. There was not really anything in this movie that disappointed me. The ending scene involves some of the best cinematography I've ever seen. There is a very emotional scene near the end which is also one of the most visually beautiful I've ever seen in a movie. I recommend this to most fans of love dramas, and, to a lesser extent, fans of war dramas. 8/10


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