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Legends of the Fall (1994)
Legends of the Fall is a 1994 epic drama film based on the 1979 novella of the same title by Jim Harrison. It was directed by Edward Zwick and stars Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Aidan Quinn. The film was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction (Lilly Kilvert, Dorree Cooper), and Best Sound (Paul Massey, David E. Campbell, Chris David and Douglas Ganton), and won the category for Best Cinematography. The film's timeframe spans the decade before World War I through the Prohibition era, and into the 1930s, ending with a brief scene set in 1963. The film centers on the Ludlow family of Montana, including veteran of the Indian Wars, Colonel Ludlow, his sons, Alfred, Tristan, and Samuel, and object of the brothers' love, Susannah. Both the film and the book contain occasional Cornish language terms, the Ludlow family being a Cornish emigrant family. Sick of the betrayals the United States government has perpetrated on the Native Americans, Colonel William Ludlow (Anthony Hopkins) retires to a remote part of Montana with One Stab, a Cree friend, where they build a ranch.
Legends of the Fall is a sprawling, lushly-photographed 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, who at the time could still be considered an overlooked actor. But this is one of the films that helped cement his stardom, and with good reason, too -- he's terrific in it. Rounding out the cast are Henry Thomas (of E.T. fame, now all grown up), the always-reliable Anthony Hopkins, and the utterly gorgeous Julia Ormond, whose brief reign as Hollywood's latest "It" Girl began with this film.