This movie is a classic romantic melodrama. It's the story of three brothers who all fall in love with the same woman around the time of World War I. It's based on a book by the same name. I saw this with a girl friend back when it first came out. I can't remember if we went to the theater or just rented the VHS. She liked it because of Brad Pitt. I wasn't that impressed. It's OK, it has some good action parts but most of it is people being emotional and arguing with each other. At the beginning of the movie after the woman involved is introduced the brothers decide to go to Canada and join the Canadian army to go fight in World War I. This is a strange plot twist since it is only 1914 at the beginning of the war. The father expressed the typical American attitude to the war when he told his sons not to go. In 1914 most Americans were more concerned with the civil war in Mexico than the war in Europe. American sympathy was with the Germans. The poor Austrian Duke had been murdered by a Serbian radical, probably a communist, and when Russia prepared to invade Austria, Germany declared war on Russia. It took 3 years of British anti-German propaganda to turn the American public against the Germans. If the Germans hadn't tried to convince the Mexicans to invade the United States the U.S would have stayed out of the war. After the youngest brother is killed the two brothers return from the war. They become rivals for the dead brother's fiancée. Typical of this kind of story, the years go by and nobody ages. Everybody stays young and beautiful. For a movie that depends on a large amount of dialog, the music is too overpowering. It sometimes drowns out the dialog. They also violate the rule that good movies don't need a narrator. The old Indian telling the story would have to have lived over a hundred years to witness over 90 years of the life of this family. They also said he was a Cree. Most of the Cree live in Canada. There are less than a thousand Cree living in Montana.