Legends of the Fall (1994) movie
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  • Honestly, had Brad Pitt stammered his lines and barely acted, no one would have noticed because he was really there to look attractive and play the rebel, the bad brother who is considered to be any woman's fantasy
  • Overall, the best part of this movie, for a woman, is watching Brad Pitt make love and prowl around in various stages of undress
  • But I did not like the plot of the movie and would not recommend it


    • by Opalina143
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      Legends of the Fall was directed by Edward Zwick. It stars Brad Pitt and Aiden Quinn as two brothers, with Anthony Hopkins as their father.

      The movie traces the life histories of the two boys and show the family as torn apart by war, grief, and conflict over a woman.

      The Ludlow family has three boys, born to patriarch Col. William Ludlow. Col. William is a pacifist, but despite his influence, his youngest son, Samuel, goes off to war. Samuel had always been the baby of the family, and his brothers enlist to protect him. When Samuel is killed, his fiance, who is staying


      at the Ludlow’s, wins the attraction of both surviving brothers. Their struggle to have her is a main plot line in the movie.

      Brad Pitt played Tristan, the ‘bad boy’ brother whose rugged charm captures the heart of Susannah. Yet Tristan is aimless and wild. Blaming himself for the death of Samuel, he goes on a journey, abandoning his family for the sake of adventure, looking for redemption after being discharged from the military. Susannah pines for him, but when he returns, he finds that she has married his brother, Alfred. Alfred has been disowned by his proud father, and is now a governor. As

      the brothers vie for Susannah’s heart, Tristan’s bootlegging activities put him on a collision course with the law and with his brother.

      The acting was very well done in this movie. Honestly, had Brad Pitt stammered his lines and barely acted, no one would have noticed because he was really there to look attractive and play the rebel, the bad brother who is considered to be any woman’s fantasy. Alfred is the foil to this, the successful, honorable man, and there is a fault of the movie- the two brothers are contrasts, but too cliched. There is no gray area- the contrast between the stable ...


      • Legends of the Fall (1994) movie
      life Susannah has and the dashing sexuality that Brad Pitt’s Tristan represents are too simple, with little depth to either character. There is no gray area.

      The secondary characters are also too cliched- the wise but downtrodden Indian Chief, the noble half-breed daughter, the proud Southern father, who will disown his son- all are too simple, carbon cut-out characters with no real depth. There are no gray areas on the movie, it is too cut and dried. The people, therefore, don’t feel like real people one would meet, but rather mere representations.

      The story also seems like a soap opera, meant to be causing emotional reactions

      but not very deep. This was another weakness in the movie

      At one point, Anthony Hopkin’s character has a stroke, but his portrayal of the handicapped man is comic, at a time in the movie that is supposed to be the most serious. Anthony Hopkins is a good actor, so perhaps bad directing is to blame, but this detracted from the emotional impact quite a bit.

      Overall, the best part of this movie, for a woman, is watching Brad Pitt make love and prowl around in various stages of undress. But I did not like the plot of the movie and would not recommend it.




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