Legends of the Fall

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"After the Fall from Innocence the Legend begins."
  • R
  • 1994
  • 2 hr 13 min
  • 7.5  (180,612)
  • 45

Legends of the Fall is a dramatic epic released in 1994 that tells the story of the Ludlow family, their passions, rivalries, and tragedies. The film, set in the early 20th century, explores the themes of love, loss, betrayal, and honor through the eyes of three brothers and their father. The movie begins in Montana in 1913, where retired Colonel William Ludlow (Anthony Hopkins) is living with his three sons: Alfred (Aidan Quinn), Tristan (Brad Pitt), and Samuel (Henry Thomas). The family's idyllic life is disrupted when Samuel announces his intention to join the Canadian army to fight in the First World War. His departure leaves Tristan, the middle brother and the wild one, in a state of emotional turmoil as he watches the woman he loves, Susannah (Julia Ormond), fall in love with Alfred. Alfred, the oldest and the most responsible of the three, is engaged to Susannah and is sent to fight in the War alongside Samuel.

The war proves to be a life-changing event for all three brothers. Samuel dies in battle, and Alfred returns home, suffering from severe injuries and mental anguish. His return marks the beginning of a long decline in health that eventually leads to his death. Tristan, traumatized by his experiences as a soldier, disappears into the wilderness, where he becomes a legendary figure to the local Native American tribe.

The story picks up years later, in the early 1920s, where Susannah, still heartbroken by Samuel's death, visits the Ludlow ranch. During her visit, she and Tristan, now an enigmatic and unpredictable man, fall in love. However, their relationship is complicated by Alfred's widow, Isabel Two (Karina Lombard), who is jealous of Susannah and determined to keep her away from the family. Meanwhile, their father, Colonel Ludlow, disapproves of his relationship with Susannah, whom he blames for causing his sons' deaths.

As the story unfolds, the Ludlow family is torn apart by violence, betrayals, and secrets. Tristan's obsessive love for Susannah leads to a tragic confrontation, and the family is pitted against one another in a struggle for power and revenge. The consequences of their actions reverberate through the generations, leaving the Ludlow family forever changed.

Legends of the Fall is a sprawling and emotional epic, anchored by powerful performances from its talented cast. Brad Pitt shines as the impulsive and tormented Tristan, while Anthony Hopkins brings a quiet intensity to Colonel Ludlow. Julia Ormond delivers a nuanced portrayal of Susannah, torn between two brothers, and Aidan Quinn imbues Alfred with a sense of responsibility and duty.

The movie's breathtaking cinematography captures the rugged beauty of the Montana wilderness, and the sweeping score by James Horner perfectly underscores the film's dramatic moments. Legends of the Fall is a poignant and unforgettable tale of love, loss, and the ties that bind families together.

Legends of the Fall is a 1994 adventure movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 13 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.5 and a MetaScore of 45.

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    7.5  (180,612)
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