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Legends of the Fall

  • Drama
  • 1994
  • Edward Zwick
  • 127 mins
  • 15

Summary

Epic drama starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Aidan Quinn. Three brothers, Alfred, Samuel and Tristan, are raised by their ex-cavalry father on a remote ranch near the Montana Rockies. Their lifestyle is irreversibly changed when Samuel brings home his beautiful fiancée, Susannah, and the brothers decide to join the army to fight in the First World War.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

In this fabulous throwback to the epic movies of old, Anthony Hopkins plays a patriarch whose disgust at the actions of his own government during the Indian Wars leads him to bring up his three sons (Brad Pitt, Aidan Quinn and Henry Thomas) on a remote ranch in the Montana mountains. However, their idyllic life is thrown into turmoil by outside events and by the arrival of the beautiful Julia Ormond. With a sweep that encompasses the passing of the Old West, the First World War, ivory hunting in Africa and Prohibition, this could have easily turned into a sprawling mess, but director Edward Zwick handles the various subplots with deceptive ease and fashions a poetic hymn to the values of loyalty and family ties, which only occasionally slips into melodramatic cliché. His skill in marshalling large casts is illustrated by the truly outstanding performances that he draws from the talent on display: Hopkins is suitably craggy as the father, Pitt believably intense as the wayward middle son and Ormond delightfully unforced as the beauty who entrances the whole family. 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.

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Credits

Cast

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TristanBrad Pitt
LudlowAnthony Hopkins
AlfredAidan Quinn
SusannahJulia Ormond
SamuelHenry Thomas
Isabel TwoKarina Lombard
PetTantoo Cardinal
One StabGordon Tootoosis
DeckerPaul Desmond
IsabelChristina Pickles
John T O'BanionRobert Wisden
James O'BanionJohn Novak
Sheriff TynertKenneth Welsh

Crew

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DirectorEdward Zwick

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Tri-Star Films (UK)
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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