Legends of the Fall
Legends of the Fall (1994)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 23, 1994
DVD Release Date: April 29, 1997
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker

At first, the picture plays like East of Eden with a bonus brother; it gets sillier as it goes.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Check your cynicism at the door, and just revel in its enormity.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

A weird melodramatic epic -- Bonanza crossbred with the kind of novel that uses Fabio on the cover.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

The actors fit their roles exceptionally well, but Zwick rarely allows them the kinds of crucial, intimate moments that establish how the characters feel about each other.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

There's a vast psychodrama being played out on the Ludlow ranch, battles between generations, philosophies, races and sexes. And the landscapes, photographed by John Toll, majestically backdrop all the personal and cultural furies.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

While the production is attractive in a calendar-photo sort of way, there's not a speck of genuine feeling in its glossy images.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Just when it starts to seem as if Legends might just turn into a pretty good movie, along comes some tired, soap-opera plot device.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Everything about Legends of the Fall shouts epic filmmaking and it is not an altogether unpleasant sound.

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John Ferguson
Radio Times

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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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
Not a legendary tale, but pretty absorbing family drama. Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt shine in their role and so do the supporting actors. However, I gotta… More
Mike S
Dazzling, riveting and amazingly beautiful! There was a lot more to this film than just it's eye-pleasing visuals though, because it's also blessed… More
Conner Rainwater
A movie that I feel is both good and bad at the same time. While it is a powerful story, the script is so overly corny that it is ruined. The acting is so-so,… More
Candy Rose
Excellent movie with great cast and plot. Three brothers grow up on a farm and they all fall for the same woman. Over the years she works her way through them.… More
Jason Owens
"Legends of the Fall" is an epic set in the early 1900s about a close-knit family that randomly comes together and breaks apart. Tristan (Brad Pitt),… More
Nani Vang
My new favorite movie! I watched it for the first time a few weeks ago. A very touching and beautiful story about a family, brothers, and their journey.