Legends of the Fall

Legends of the Fall

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Director: Edward Zwick

Cast: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn

     
 

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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

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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.

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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.
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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/10/1996
UPC:
0043396787230
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures

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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

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Legends of the Fall 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
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I loved this film. It is one of the best I have seen. Brad Pitt is amazing as are the rest of the cast.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those movies that everyone should watch. I loved the plot and the character. This movie has just about every emotion in it. It pulls you into the early 1900 century.
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This was the best movie ever! I so totally loved it!
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MY WIFE MADE ME WATCH IT, AND I ASSUMED I WOULD HATE IT. I ACTUALLY LOVED IT! BEAUTIFUL SCENERY AND GOOD ACTING. I WOULD RECOMMEND IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
since i was seven, when the movie came out, i have lived by this movie. it is amazing, and beautiful, the casting is fantastic. definitely brad pitt's best role.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a fan of Sir Anthony Hopkins, I couldn't miss this movie; I decided to 'endure' it for the sake of the actors (I have heard before of it, being a poor soap-opera). It was devastating. So full of feelings, one of the few movies that determine man to think. A tipical little town, 3 ordinary soldiers, their drama, feelings and lives. Not any other rubbish, without brave warriors (ex: Steven Segal), simple and realistic, beautiful to watch, yet unknown and underestimated; if you read this and have never seen the movie, try it. I doubt you will be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ed Zwick (Glory, The Siege, Courage Under Fire) directs an all-star cast in this tale set in the early 1900’s about three brothers who fall for the same woman. Col. Ludlow (Anthony Hopkins) retired from the Army after his disagreements with the U.S. Government over the policies regarding the treatment of Indians and moved his family to Montana and away from what he called “The Madness”. He raises his three sons Alfred (Aidan Quinn), Tristan (Brad Pitt) and Samuel (Henry Thomas) on a sprawling ranch and they grow up with the benefits of a classical education and a deep felt desire to live to please their father. Now grown men, Samuel comes home from school with his fiancé, Susanna Fincannon (Julia Ormond) in tow. The brutality of WWI reaches home through an article in a weeks old newspaper and Samuel decides to enlist in the Canadian Army to fight. Alfred goes with him in agreement over what’s going on and Tristan decides to go to watch over his two brothers because it is their Father’s unspoken request. When tragedy hits, the family is broken to pieces and may not recover from the pain. Beautiful camera work and a dramatic story make this film a keeper. So does the impressive ending when Tristan finally meets up with the Bear. R- Language, Violence, Nudity and Sexual Content
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This is the multilayered, complex romance that put Brad Pitt into the names business of highly charismatic leading male roles, which is for better or for worse. Ugly World War 1 comes along and irrevocably changes them forever in this romance with the beautiful Julia Ormond pulling off a dazzling performance. Like many Americans of that age, the family became bootleggers into one of our country most complicated political controversies. An American family in the American century where the director didn't cow tail to the usual soap opera type plot.
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i'll be honest i'm not like a fan of brad pitt but after watching this one word comes to mind...wow. it goes to show that even the pretty boy can act and did a good job in this film. this is basically about 3 brothers, and the girl. the locations were authentic and beautiful.
A_SILENT_FAIRYTALE More than 1 year ago
Beautiful movie. I will never forget it. The tragedy of human emotion is especially powerful in this film. Wonderful acting, terrific scenery, and a beautiful soundtrack. You will not regret watching it.
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