Legends of the Fall

Legends of the Fall

4.3 29
Director: Edward Zwick

Cast: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn

     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

The sweeping, melodramatic saga of three brothers, their powerful father, and a beautiful woman, the popular period drama Legends of the Fall presents a romanticized view of rugged masculinity against lush Montana scenery. Based on a novel by Jim Harrison, the film covers decades in the lives of Alfred (Aidan Quinn), Tristan (Brad Pitt), and Samuel (See more details below

Overview

The sweeping, melodramatic saga of three brothers, their powerful father, and a beautiful woman, the popular period drama Legends of the Fall presents a romanticized view of rugged masculinity against lush Montana scenery. Based on a novel by Jim Harrison, the film covers decades in the lives of Alfred (Aidan Quinn), Tristan (Brad Pitt), and Samuel (Henry Thomas) Ludlow, the sons of retired military man William Ludlow (Anthony Hopkins). Raised by the unorthodox Ludlow after the departure of their mother, the boys grow up close, sharing an appreciation of the land and a pioneering spirit. The family becomes divided, however, when young Sam enlists in World War I over his father's objections, and his brothers follow suit to protect him. Despite these efforts, Sam dies in battle, leaving Alfred and Tristan to return home and deal with the lingering torment. Further complicating matters is the presence of Sam's beautiful fiancée, Susannah (Julia Ormond). After Sam's death, she attracts the romantic attention of both the responsible Alfred and the brooding Tristan, a conflict that threatens to drive the brothers apart. Aspiring to epic status, the film utilizes period detail and attractive landscapes as a backdrop for tragic, doomed romance. While some critics complained that the film resembled a romance novel writ, veering at times into the overwrought, audiences embraced the combination of emotion and grand historical scale, making the film a box-office success.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Brad Pitt's star, already on the ascent when Legends was released in 1994, zoomed to stratospheric heights as a result of his work in this multilayered saga of Montana ranch life during the early 20th century. Anthony Hopkins contributes one of his customarily assured performances as the former cavalry officer who, disgusted by the government's persecution of Native Americans, concentrates on building the sprawling cattle ranch that will one day belong to his three sons. The siblings are Aidan Quinn (playing the oldest), Henry Thomas (the youngest), and top-billed Pitt (the unruly middle brother), whose squabbling and rivalries intensify when pretty Julia Ormond happens along. Director Edward Zwick (Glory) focuses his storytelling energies on the conflicts among the sons and their relationship with their iconoclastic patriarch, maintaining the integrity of Jim Harrison's novella and never allowing the narrative to degenerate into mere soap opera. Ormond is radiant, and Quinn and Thomas are superb as the "bookend" brothers, but Legends belongs almost entirely to Pitt, who, in this lyrical period piece, finally reveals himself to be a charismatic leading man.
All Movie Guide
Although Edward Zwick's ambitious, tragic epic oozes with melodrama, it nevertheless manages to captivate the imagination. With a macho rural narrative smacking of a Jack London tale, the story becomes stuck in a tragic mode early on, with one painful event after another befalling the film's central family. Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt, and Aidan Quinn all breathe life into their respective characters, but their work, as well as Zwick's ability to capture the rugged beauty of Montana's pastoral landscapes, is severely compromised by the film's excessive length and its narrative's unceasing tragedies, both of which try the viewer's patience. The cast rarely disappoints though; Hopkins is exceptional as the patriarchal anarchist, while Pitt and Quinn also offer some strong moments. Legends of the Fall has all the elements of classic melodrama: romance, war, tragedy, and sibling rivalry, and its universal appeal made it a hit with moviegoers but, despite its aspirations, it is by no means an epic tale for the ages.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
11/29/2005
UPC:
0043396115163
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:12:00
Sales rank:
25,216

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with director Ed Zwick and Brad Pitt; Deleted scenes; Completely remastered video; Featurettes and more!

Related Subjects

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brad Pitt Tristan Ludlow
Anthony Hopkins Col. William Ludlow
Aidan Quinn Alfred Ludlow
Henry Thomas Samuel Ludlow
Julia Ormond Susannah Finncannon
Tantoo Cardinal Pet
Karina Lombard Isabel Two
Gordon Tootoosis One Stab
Paul Desmond Decker
Stuart Aikins Actor
Mary Colquhoun Actor
Christina Pickles Isabel
Robert Wisden John T. O'Banion
John Novak James O'Banion
Kenneth Welsh Sheriff Tynert
Bill Dow Longley
Nigel Bennett Asgaard
Charles Andre Federal Officer
Weston McMillan Noel
Bill Croft Bartender
Ray Godshall Businessman
Marc Levy Butler
David Kaye Samuel Decker
Bart the Bear the bear

Technical Credits
Edward Zwick Director,Producer
Jane Bartelme Co-producer
Jean A. Black Makeup
David E. Campbell Sound/Sound Designer
Sarah Caplan Co-producer
Mary Colquhoun Casting
Dorree Cooper Set Decoration/Design
Patrick Crowley Executive Producer
John M. Eckert Production Designer
Douglas Ganton Sound/Sound Designer
Marshall Herskovitz Producer
James Horner Score Composer
Lilly Kilvert Production Designer
Nilo Otero Asst. Director
Andrew Precht Art Director
Richard Roberts Art Director
Steven Rosenblum Editor
Deborah L. Scott Costumes/Costume Designer
Susan Shilliday Screenwriter
John Toll Cinematographer
William D. Wittliff Producer,Screenwriter

Read More

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Legends of the Fall
1. Start [:22]
2. Ludlow Family History [1:46]
3. Susannah [3:42]
4. Isabel Two [2:10]
5. Dinner & Entertainment [5:07]
6. O'Banions & Sheriff Tynert [1:50]
7. Tristan & Susannah [2:07]
8. "The Horror's Indescribable." [3:07]
9. Looking for Samuel [1:34]
10. The Indian Way [3:35]
11. "I'm in Love With You." [1:03]
12. Tristan Returns [5:51]
13. Passion Consumated [1:44]
14. Alfred Leaves [5:33]
15. Four Beers [:12]
16. The Bear's Voice [5:10]
17. "I'll Wait Forever." [2:58]
18. Letter for Herself [2:01]
19. Defending Tristan [2:30]
20. Tristan Comes Home [4:13]
21. All Grown Up [2:42]
22. The Oddest News [:21]
23. Bootleggers' Meeting [2:54]
24. Family Reunion [3:11]
25. "Stay Out of Our Way." [:07]
26. Prison Visitor [1:05]
27. Revenge & Suicide [:24]
28. Not Here to Arrest Him [1:34]

Read More

Videos

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >