Legends of the Fall (1994)
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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
Dec 23, 1994 Wide
Apr 29, 1997
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Col. William Ludlow
Bart the Bear
John T. O'Banion
Ray Godshall Jr.
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At first, the picture plays like East of Eden with a bonus brother; it gets sillier as it goes.
The actors fit their roles exceptionally well, but Zwick rarely allows them the kinds of crucial, intimate moments that establish how the characters feel about each other.
Just when it starts to seem as if Legends might just turn into a pretty good movie, along comes some tired, soap-opera plot device.
There's a vast psychodrama being played out on the Ludlow ranch, battles between generations, philosophies, races and sexes. And the landscapes, photographed by John Toll, majestically backdrop all the personal and cultural furies.
Everything about Legends of the Fall shouts epic filmmaking and it is not an altogether unpleasant sound.
A weird melodramatic epic -- Bonanza crossbred with the kind of novel that uses Fabio on the cover.
While the production is attractive in a calendar-photo sort of way, there's not a speck of genuine feeling in its glossy images.
The real star, however, is John Toll's Oscar-winning cinematography, which is equally at home with the stunning beauty of the mountainous terrain and the killing fields of war-torn France.
Bloated as a TV miniseries two nights too long, Legends of the Fall is stiff and uninteresting.
It either sweeps you up in its rapturous emotional wake or -- and it's a big or -- you just sit there and snicker. I found myself alternately doing both, though fortunately more of the former than the latter.
[Pitt] casts such a saintly, beatific sheen over the proceedings that he seems to glow from within.
The part is a gift for Brad: he's a cowboy, soldier, adventurer and wanderer; impossibly glamourous and ludicrously far-fetched.
A semi-successful attempt at grand, schmaltzy romantic melodrama, in the manner of 1950s movies like Giant and other works based on literature. Hopkins is hammy as the patriarch but Aidan Quinn and particularly Brad Pitt as his sons at least look right.
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- 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.
- Samuel Ludlow: Still hung over?
- Tristan Ludlow: Still drunk.
- One Stab: Every warrior hopes a good death will find him. But Tristan couldn't wait, he went looking for his.
- One Stab: Tristan died in the moon of the popping trees. He was last seen in the north country, hunting. His grave is unmarked, but it does not matter. He had always lived in the borderland, anyway. Somewhere between this world and the other. lt was a good death.
- Susannah Finncannon: l have nowhere to send this letter. And l have no reason to believe you wish to receive it. l write it only for myself. l'll hide it away with all the other things left undone between us.
- Alfred Ludlow: I followed all of the rules, man's and God's. And you, you followed none of them. And they all loved you more. Samuel, Father, and my... even my own wife.
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