Legends of the Fall


Character: Tristan Ludlow
Release Date: 16 December 1994 (limited)
Directed By: Edward Zwick
Written By: Jim Harrison, Susan Shilliday, William D. Wittliff
Genre: Drama/Romance/War/Western
Tagline: After the Fall from Innocence the Legend begins
MPAA Rating: –
Produced by: Bedford Falls Productions, Pangaea, TriStar Pictures
Distributed by: TriStar Pictures
Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)
Filming Dates: 6 January 1993 – ??

Brad Pitt…Tristan Ludlow
Anthony Hopkins…Col. William Ludlow
Aidan Quinn…Alfred Ludlow
Julia Ormond…Susannah Fincannon Ludlow
Henry Thomas…Samuel Ludlow
Karina Lombard…Isabel Two Decker Ludlow

Filming Locations:
43 Powell Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (hotel)
Alberta, Canada
British Columbia, Canada
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Gastown, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (Alfred Ludlow’s business in Helena)
Ghost River, Alberta, Canada (ranch) (World War 1 trenches)
Hotel Europe, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (hotel)
Maple Leaf Square, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (town: Helena)
Morley, Alberta, Canada
Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Jamaica
Powell Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (town: Helena)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (town: Helena)

Set in the Rocky Mountains of Montana in the early 1900s, this is a tale of love, betrayal, and brotherhood. After being discharged, Colonel Ludlow decides to raise his three sons in the wilds of Montana, where they can grow up away from the government and society he has learned to dispise. The three brothers mature and seem to have an unbreakable bond, until Susanna enters their lives. When Samuel, the youngest of the three, returns from college he brings with him his beautiful fiance, Susanna. The eldest son, Alfred, soon finds himself in love with his brother’s fiance, and things get worse when he discovers a growing passion between Susanna and Tristan. Colonel Ludlow’s favorite son, Tristan is willful and as wild as the mountains. As the brothers set out to fight a war in Europe, suspicion and jelousy threatens to tear apart their once indestructable bond

Trivia & Facts:
Johnny Depp was offered, and turned down, the role of Tristan Ludlow.

Neither Brad Pitt nor Julia Ormond had ridden before making this film.

The title refers to the biblical fall from innocence . In Sweden however, the title was translated as “Höstlegender” meaning Legends of the (season) Fall (as in autumn).

This movie was originally to be filmed in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada), but the city officials refused to remove several trees (which would have been replaced after the end of filming).

Originally conceived as a starring vehicle for Sean Connery and Tom Cruise.

The book from which Colonel Ludlow is reading the night the boys announce they’re going to war is Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” volume two.

From the gallery

Samuel: Still hung over?
Tristan: Still drunk!

Susannah: Were you going to say goodbye? Tristan? How long will you be gone?
Tristan: Not long. A few months.
Susannah: I can make it better for you.
Tristan: No.
Susannah: If we’d had a child or if I were pregnant, would you still be going?
Tristan: Yes.
Susannah: Just give me a chance.
Tristan: Don’t do that.
Susannah: Look at me. Please, look at me. I’ll wait for you. However long it takes. I’ll wait for you forever.

Tristan: Samuel, God bless you. You are good at everything you try to do. I’m sure it’ll be the same with fucking.
Samuel: Tristan, really. We’re talking about my future wife.
Tristan: Oh, you’re not gonna fuck her?
Samuel: No! I’m planning to be with her.
Tristan: I recommend fucking.
Samuel: You’re impossible!
Tristan: You brought it up!

Tristan: You know when Samuel died… when Samuel died, I cursed God. Did I damn everybody around me as well as myself?

Tristan: You guys look like a bunch of ice-cream cones!

Tristan: Miss Finncannon. It’s a pleasure to meet you. I hope you and ugly here find every happiness together.

Samuel: Tristan! Get back to your unit!
Tristan: Those boys are boring. I’d rather have you watching my back.

Canadian Soldier: MacKenzie was just brought in, his leg’s turned bad. He said…
Tristan: What?
Alfred: He said what? Go on man, what is it?
Canadian Soldier: He said your brother, he volunteered to take his place and go over on the reconnaissance.
Alfred: [to Tristan] God damn it! I told you to stay with him!

Tristan: Alfred’s going to do well wherever he is.
Colonel Ludlow: Except here with us.
Tristan: That’s my fault.
Colonel Ludlow: I didn’t say that.
Tristan: I couldn’t bring Samuel back home alive either, could I?
Colonel Ludlow: Don’t you dare say that boy! That was in God’s hands.
Tristan: Was it?

Alfred: When are you planning to be married?
Tristan: Morning.
Alfred: Damn you, Tristan. You will marry her.
Tristan: And make a honest woman out of her?
Alfred: Yes! God damn you to hell.
Tristan: Yes, I will marry her if she’ll have me.
Alfred: If she’ll have you? Do you love her? Or did you seduce her just to spite me?
Tristan: It’s not what I did.

Alfred: And what about Samuel?
Tristan: What about Samuel?
Alfred: You tell me about Samuel.
Tristan: We all loved Samuel. Samuel’s dead. WHAT!?
Alfred: How convenient that is for you.
Tristan: Because you love her I will forgive you for that. Once! You say that again and we’re not brothers.

Tristan: Samuel! Samuel, come here! Run along now. Go to Pet. Get him in the house!
John T. O’Banion: He’s a fine boy. You know we’re not here to arrest you.
Tristan: You take me to the woods. I don’t want my boy to see. Let’s get on with it.

Alfred: You don’t have to be a genius to figure out they’re coming after you for this.
Tristan: Yeah. Alfred?
Alfred: Yeah?
Tristan: I want to ask you to watch over my children. Watch over Samuel.
Alfred: Brother, it will be an honor.

Samuel: Nice shiner.
Tristan: Yeah, well, I hit her (the horse) back.

External Links
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SB Store (US)
Legends of the Fall (Special Edition DVD)
Legends of the Fall (Deluxe Edition DVD)
Legends of the Fall (DVD)
Legends of the Fall (Book)

SB Store (UK)
Legends of the Fall (Collectors Edition DVD)
Legends of the Fall (DVD)
A Legend of the Fall (Book)