Legends of the Fall


Legends of the Fall Review

Legends of the Fall is a sprawling epic about three brothers, their father, and the woman who weaves among all of them. The film is primarily focused with the middle brother, played by Brad Pitt. Pitt is the only redeeming feature of the film; Pitt's talents have gone relatively unnoticed since his debut in Thelma and Louise in 1991, and Legends should give him the notice he deserves.

The rest of the cast is not so lucky. Henry Thomas (the kid from E.T.) still looks like he did ten years ago, Aidan Quinn is out of his league, Julia Ormond spends the majority of the film in tears, and even Anthony Hopkins has a dismal role, half of which he plays as a stroke victim.

While it has some lush cinematography, Legends soon becomes The Movie That Will Not Die, degenerating from stoic period piece to a Three Stooges slapstick movie to a bad soap opera. After about two and a half hours (and some 50 years of family dramatics), it's a relief that all the principals are dead.

Legends of the Fall

Facts and Figures

Run time: 133 mins

In Theaters: Friday 13th January 1995

Box Office Worldwide: $160.6M

Budget: $30M

Production compaines: Bedford Falls Productions, TriStar Pictures, Pangaea


Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

IMDB: 7.5 / 10

Cast & Crew


Producer: , William D. Wittliff,

Starring: as Tristan Ludlow, as Col. William Ludlow, as Alfred Ludlow, as Susannah Fincannon Ludlow, as Samuel Ludlow, as Isabel Two Decker Ludlow, as One Stab, as James O'Banion, as John T. O'Banion, as Samuel Decker, as Pet, Paul Desmond as Decker, as Isabel Ludlow, as Sheriff Tynert, Bill Dow as Longley, Sam Sarkar as Rodriguez, as Asgaard, Keegan Macintosh as Boy Tristan, as Teen Tristan, Randall Slavin as Teen Alfred, Doug Hughes as Teen Samuel, Sekwan Auger as Young Isabel Two, Christine Harder as Isabel Three, Charles Andre as Federal Officer, Weston McMillan as Noel