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Legends of the Fall (1995)

Director:
Edward Zwick

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Drama/Western

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Lidenskapens pris

RUNNING TIME
134 minutes

Producers:
Edward Zwick
Bill Wittliff
Marshall Herskovitz
Screenwriters:
Susan Shilliday
Bill Wittliff
Based on the novel by:
Jim Harrison


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Tristan Ludlow Brad Pitt
Colonel William Ludlow Anthony Hopkins ½
Alfred Ludlow Aidan Quinn
Susannah Finncannon Julia Ormond ½
Samuel Ludlow Henry Thomas ½
Isabel Two Karina Lombard -
Pet Tantoo Cardinal -
One Stab Gordon Tootoosis -
Isabel Ludlow Christina Pickles -

 

Review

Edward Zwick (About Last Night…, Glory) has directed this overneat would-be-epic, which is American romantic nationalism at its most vapid. It's a bleeding-heart western about the establishment of a nation of brave soldiers, one-dimensional Native Americans and spiritual grizzly bears. The film is based on the novel by Jim Harrison, but no matter what screenwriters Susan Shilliday and Bill Wittliff tried to do with the adaptation, they didn't succeed. This picture has so many melodramatic turns and teary-eyed character relations that the perpetual funeral which it soaks in, doesn't reach a higher dramatic level than it does in Mike Newell's Four Weddings and a Funeral. Oh, but isn't it sad? Oh yes, it's as sad as the latest Harlequin novel. Brad Pitt plays the pretty-boy lead-character with his typical charisma, which is anachronistic here. His character is about as interesting as that wretched narrator named One Stab, who tries to give you some poetic words of wisdom, but really just cites clichés. The film's only redeeming quality is the relation between the characters of Aidan Quinn and Anthony Hopkins, who have a couple of valuable moments together towards the end.

Copyright © 11.11.1997 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
(English version: © 12.04.2021 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang)