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Legends of the Fall (1994) Poster

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Calgary was chosen as the main filming location because of its dry weather. Once production started, they were met with record rains.
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Brad Pitt and Julia Ormond lived in the same house while shooting in Calgary. Pitt recalled "It added to the sexual tension...I'll leave it at that."
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It took producer and director Edward Zwick 17 years to get this project up on-screen.
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Johnny Depp was offered, and turned down, the role of Tristan Ludlow.
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A soldier is given a soccer ball just before the British advance. This is based on historical fact. It was found that if the soldiers could keep part of their focus on moving the ball forward, it would lessen the tension.
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It has been rumored that after shooting the love scene between Tristian and Susannah, Brad Pitt and Julia Ormond waited around for all crew members to leave before making love for real.
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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".
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In this movie, Brad Pitt and Julia Ormond played star-crossed lovers of about the same ages. In The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Pitt played Ormond's father.
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Moving filming from Montana to Alberta and British Columbia saved the production $2 million.
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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 Highlanders. Several soldier extras were current members of the Calgary Highlanders.
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This movie and book contain occasional Cornish language terms, the Ludlows are a Cornish emigrant family.
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Originally conceived as a starring vehicle for Sir Sean Connery and Tom Cruise.
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The sets for the ranch were the Rafters Six Resort (since dismantled) between Canmore and Calgary, Alberta.
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The night the boys announce they're going to war, Colonel William Ludlow reads "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" from volume 2 of "The Jungle Book". Rudyard Kipling's son John served in World War I, and was killed in action. My Boy Jack (2007) was based on it.
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This movie was originally to be filmed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but the city officials refused to remove several trees. Promises to replace them after filming were made.
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Samantha Mathis and Gwyneth Paltrow read for the role of Susannah.
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Some DVDs show the Columbia Pictures logo in the TriStar box, and some show that Columbia Pictures distributed it.
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Italian censorship visa # 90070 delivered on 23 March 1995.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When shooting the scene in which Isabelle Two is shot and Tristan is beaten up by the Policeman, the actor playing the Policeman accidentally hit Pitt on the head with the baton, giving him a black eye. Soon afterward, they shot the tennis scene near the beginning.They had to make up a few lines about Pitt's "shiner" to explain it.
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Brad Pitt said he underwent make-up tests to play Tristan as an old man in the epilogue, but the results were unconvincing. Old Tristan is played by Doug Seus, Bart the Bear's trainer, the only man who could safely wrestle with Bart on-camera.
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The gas Samuel encounters is chlorine gas. Recognizable by its pale green color, it combines with water in the lungs, eyes, and on the skin to create hydrochloric acid, which destroys lung tissue and causes blindness. The smell has been described as a combination of pineapple and pepper.
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The final line, "It was a good death", was also used in The Last Samurai (2003). When Captain Algren (Tom Cruise) finds out that he killed Katsumoto's (Ken Watanabe's) brother-in-law, Katsumoto replies, "It was a good death."
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