DVD 134 mins IMDB 6.8 (16,856 votes)
Legends of the Fall
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (1994)
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(10/29/2005 )

John Wood
Drama, Romance, Western
USA  /  English

Anthony Hopkins Col. William Ludlow
Julia Ormond Susannah Fincannon Ludlow
Brad Pitt Tristan Ludlow
Aidan Quinn Alfred Ludlow
Henry Thomas Samuel Ludlow
Karina Lombard Isabel Two Decker Ludlow
Gordon Tootoosis One Stab
Christina Pickles Isabel Ludlow
Paul Desmond Decker
Tantoo Cardinal Pet
Robert Wisden John T. O'Banion
John Novak James O'Banion
Kenneth Welsh Sheriff Tynert
Bill Dow Longley
Sam Sarkar Rodriguez

Director Edward Zwick
Producer Marshall Herskovitz; Bill Wittliff; Edward Zwick
Writer Susan Shilliday; Bill Wittliff; Jim Harrison; William D. Wittliff
Cinematography John Toll
Musician James Horner
User Credit 1 Steven Rosenblum
User Credit 2 Deborah Lynn Scott

A box-office hit when released in 1994, this sprawling, frequently overwrought familial melodrama may get sillier as its plot progresses, but it's the kind of lusty, character-based epic that Hollywood should attempt more often. It's also an unabashedly flattering star vehicle for Brad Pitt as Tristan--the rebellious middle son of a fiercely independent Montana rancher and military veteran (Anthony Hopkins)--who is routinely at odds with his more responsible older brother, Alfred (Aidan Quinn), and younger brother, Samuel (Henry Thomas). From the battlefields of World War I to his adventures as an oceangoing sailor, Tristan's life is full of personal torment, especially when he returns to Montana and finds himself competing with Alfred over Samuel's beautiful widow (Julia Ormond), whose passion for Tristan disrupts the already turbulent Ludlow clan. Under the wide-open canopy of Big Sky country, this operatic tale unfolds with all the bloodlust, tragedy, and scenery-chewing performances you'd expect to find in a hokey bestselling novel (in fact, it's based on the acclaimed novella by Jim Harrison), but it's a potent mix that's highly entertaining. Not surprisingly, John Toll won an Academy Award for his breathtaking outdoor cinematography. --Jeff Shannon

Edition Details
Edition Special Edition
Barcode 043396787292
Region Region 1
Chapters 64
Release Date 4/29/1997
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles Korean; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

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Purchase Date 10/29/2005
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User Text 2 After the Fall from Innocence the Legend begins.
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Trivia: This movie was originally to be filmed in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada), but the city officials refused to remove several trees (which would have been replaced after the end of filming). (more)

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: During the war scenes, an "Air Ram" is visible (a pneumatic device for throwing a person up into the air, to simulate an explosion). (more)

Young Isabel Two: You're going to marry Samuel.
Susannah: That's right.
Young Isabel Two: I'm going to marry Tristan.
Susannah: Then we'll be sisters.

Awards: Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 8 nominations (more)