In the early 1900s, three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of Montana are affected by betrayal, history, love, nature, and war.

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Edward Zwick

Writers:

Susan Shilliday (screenplay), William D. Wittliff (screenplay) (as Bill Wittliff) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Pitt ... Tristan
Anthony Hopkins ... Ludlow
Aidan Quinn ... Alfred
Julia Ormond ... Susannah
Henry Thomas ... Samuel
Karina Lombard ... Isabel Two
Tantoo Cardinal ... Pet
Gordon Tootoosis ... One Stab
Paul Desmond Paul Desmond ... Decker
Christina Pickles ... Isabel
Robert Wisden ... John T. O'Banion
John Novak ... James O'Banion (as John Novack)
Kenneth Welsh ... Sheriff Tynert
Bill Dow ... Longley
Sam Sarkar Sam Sarkar ... Rodriguez
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Storyline

In early twentieth century Montana, Colonel William Ludlow (Sir Anthony Hopkins) lives in the wilderness with his sons, Tristan (Brad Pitt), Alfred (Aidan Quinn), and Samuel (Henry Thomas). Eventually, the unconventional, but close-knit, family encounters tragedy when Samuel is killed in World War I. Tristan and Alfred survive their tours of duty, but, soon after they return home, both men fall for Samuel's gorgeous fiancée, Susannah (Julia Ormond), and their intense rivalry begins to destroy the family. Written by Jwelch5742

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He was a rock they broke themselves against however much he tried to protect them See more »

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Drama | Romance | War | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, and for some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This movie and book contain occasional Cornish language terms, the Ludlows are a Cornish emigrant family. See more »

Goofs

When Tristan goes on his scalping quest, he attacks two German soldiers who are lighting a cigarette at night behind their machine gun position, in full view of the enemy. No soldier in his right mind would have offered such a tempting target to an enemy sniper. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Ludlow: There will be no more talk of wars in this house, DAMN IT!
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Television broadcasts exclude some graphic violence and blood, profanity, and nudity. See more »

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Twilight and Mist
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A wonderful, emotional melodrama
21 April 2000 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

A really good film. Basically a melodrama. Repeat, MELOdrama. Hollywood used to churn out this sort of film all the time with no apologies. OK, many of them seem corny now, but why do people think that every movie made has to be stark realism?

I was tremendously impressed with Brad Pitt's performance. (I'm a guy, so I mean that, and am not swooning over his looks). I had never seen him in anything before, and had barely heard of him. Anthony Hopkins was, as always, fantastic. In fact every single actor hit every single note with the possible exception of Henry Thomas. One of Aidan Quinn's best films, also. The photography of Alberta is magnificent, and I think no one can begrudge LOTF its cinematography Oscar.

The film makers have an excuse for the occasional credibility lapse, in that there is a story frame, the recollections of One Stab, the old Cree. This covers things like Susannah falling for Samuel, who seemed to be an empty suit, Tristan keeping his long hair while in the British Army, etc. Excellent performance by Gordon Tootoosis, by the way, although his manner of speaking is very reminiscent of Chief Dan George.

I highly recommend this film, if you can watch it without trying to dislike it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cornish

Release Date:

13 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Legends of the Fall See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$101,670, 26 December 1994

Gross USA:

$66,638,883

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$160,638,883
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Color:

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1.85 : 1
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