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Legends of the Fall Details


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 their mother, the boys grow up close, sharing an appreciation of the land and a pioneering spirit. The family becomes divided, however, when young Sam enlists in World War I over his father's objections, and his brothers follow suit to protect him. Despite these efforts, Sam dies in battle, leaving Alfred and Tristan to return home and deal with the lingering torment. Further complicating matters is the presence of Sam's beautiful fiancée, Susannah (Julia Ormond). After Sam's death, she attracts the romantic attention of both the responsible Alfred and the brooding Tristan, a conflict that threatens to drive the brothers apart. Aspiring to epic status, the film utilizes period detail and attractive landscapes as a backdrop for tragic, doomed romance. While some critics complained that the film resembled a romance novel writ, veering at times into the overwrought, audiences embraced the combination of emotion and grand historical scale, making the film a box-office success. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:December 16, 1994


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association James Horner Best Original Score 1994 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lilly Kilvert Best Art Direction 1994 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Brad Pitt Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1993 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Edward Zwick Best Director 1994 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Toll Best Cinematography 1994 Winner
American Society of Cinematographers John Toll Best Cinematography 1994 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dorree Cooper Best Art Direction 1994 Nominee


Brad Pitt
as Tristan Ludlow
Anthony Hopkins
as Col. William Ludlow
Aidan Quinn
as Alfred Ludlow
Henry Thomas
as Samuel Ludlow
Julia Ormond
as Susannah Finncannon
Gordon Tootoosis
as One Stab
Tantoo Cardinal
as Pet
Ray Godshall, Jr.
as Businessman
Bart the Bear
as the bear
Bill Dow
as Longley
Mary Colquhoun
Nigel Bennett
as Asgaard
Stuart Aikins
Bill Croft
as Bartender
Weston McMillan
as Noel
Kenneth Welsh
as Sheriff Tynert
Christina Pickles
as Isabel
Robert Wisden
as John T. O'Banion
Charles Andre
as Federal Officer
David Kaye
as Samuel Decker


Edward Zwick
Edward Zwick
Marshall Herskovitz
Patrick Crowley
William D. Wittliff
William D. Wittliff
Jim Harrison
Book Author
Susan Shilliday
John Toll
James Horner
Composer (Music Score)
Steven Rosenblum
John M. Eckert
Production Designer
Lilly Kilvert
Production Designer
Richard Roberts
Art Director
Andrew Precht
Art Director
Jane Bartelme
Sarah Caplan
Patrick Crowley
Executive Producer
Dorree Cooper
Set Designer
Deborah L. Scott
Costume Designer
Douglas Ganton
Sound/Sound Designer
Nilo Otero
First Assistant Director
Mary Colquhoun