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''Legends of the Fall'' is a 1994 film based on the 1979 novel by Jim Harrison. Directed by Creator/EdwardZwick. Starring Creator/AnthonyHopkins, Creator/BradPitt, Aidan Quinn and Julia Ormond. It's a GenerationalSaga about the lives and loves of the Ludlow clan. John Toll won the award for Best Cinematographer at that year's UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s.

The film's time frame spans the decade before World War I through the Prohibition era, and into the 1930s, ending with a brief scene set in 1963. It centers on the Ludlow family of Montana, including veteran of the Indian Wars Colonel Ludlow (Creator/AnthonyHopkins), his sons, Alfred (Aidan Quinn), Tristan (Creator/BradPitt) and Samuel (Henry Thomas), and object of the brothers' love, Susannah (Julia Ormond).

!!Legends of the Tropes:

* AerithAndBob: Tristan definitely stands out compared to his brothers Alfred and Samuel's ordinary sounding names.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Susannah falls for edgy, rebellious, roguish and adventurous Tristan.
%%* AloofOlderBrother: Alfred.
%%* AlwaysSecondBest: Alfred felt this way about Tristan.
%%* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Samuel to both Alfred and Tristan.
%%* BadassGrandpa: Col. Ludlow, after recovering from his stroke.
%%* BadassInANiceSuit: Tristan, Alfred, Col. Ludlow.
%%* BadassMustache: Col. Ludlow.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The First World War scenes are set in the Second Battle of Ypres which occurred in April 1915. A title card proclaims the date as February. (At that time the Canadian Division, depicted in the film, had not yet fought a major battle.) Weapons and equipment worn by the extras are more correct for 1916 or later - in February-April 1915, the Canadians in France were wearing Canadian pattern uniforms, leather Oliver pattern web gear, and using the Ross rifle. The film shows them in British uniforms, gear and with Lee Enfield weapons, which would all be correct if the film took place a year or so later.
* BearsAreBadNews: Two battles with a particular bear, [[spoiler:the second lethal to the sole surviving protagonist.]]
* BeardOfSorrow: Creator/BradPitt doesn't shave when he's depressed.
* BigBrotherInstinct:
** Alfred is protective of his younger brothers.
** Tristan is highly protective of Samuel.
* BigNo: [[spoiler:When Tristan failed to save Samuel from being killed by Kaiser soldiers, which leads to his RoaringRampageOfRevenge.]]
** He lets out several when he sees that Isabel II has been shot.
* BigYes: Alfred screamed this during his argument with Tristan.
-->'''Alfred:''' "Damn you, Tristan. You will marry her."
-->'''Tristan:''' "And make an honest woman out of her?"
-->'''Alfred:''' "'''YESSS!!!'''"
* BoisterousBruiser: Tristan. He is a friendly and rebellious rogue.
* BrainyBrunette: Susannah. Appears to be educated, smart, logical and practical.
* BreakTheCutie: Tristan and Susannah both suffer from the loss of Samuel. Susannah especially goes from hopeful fiancee to [[spoiler: despairing suicide]].
* {{Chickification}}: Susannah. She appears to be one of the few female characters in the film which is predominantly male in casting. Not to mention that Susannah serves as a love interest to all three Ludlow brothers.
* ChekhovsGun: Literally. The shotgun Tristan gives to his father after WalkingTheEarth plays a big part in the finale.
* TheChick: Susannah, who is the lone woman with any kind of screen time amongst the main cast.
* ComfortingTheWidow: Susannah attempts this [[spoiler: after Isabel II's death, to no avail]]. Earlier on, Tristan's affair with her was a partial example - since she and Samuel had not married yet.
* CrapsackWorld: None of the characters lead particularly happy lives, even when not considering the one who [[spoiler:committed suicide out of despair.]]
%%* DamselInDistress: Susannah.
* DeathIsDramatic: [[spoiler:Tristan's final encounter with the bear at the end of the film.]] Also most of the other deaths scattered throughout.
* DeadlyDistantFinale: [[spoiler:Tristan]] is killed by a bear in 1963, after outliving the rest of his loved ones.
* DisposableWoman: Isabel II doesn't get much screentime [[spoiler:until her death. And even the sole purpose of that appears to be to send Tristan off the deep end again]]
* DoggedNiceGirl: Susannah repeatedly tries to get Tristan to understand the love that they share and tries to stop him from leaving her.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:After Tristan rejects Susannah, she shoots herself in despair.]]
* DudeMagnet: Susannah. She manages to have all three Ludlow brothers falling in love with her.
* TheDutifulSon: Alfred. Unfortunately, his idea of duty doesn't always match up with his father's idea.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Invoked InUniverse by the narrator on [[spoiler:elderly Tristan's DefiantToTheEnd death fighting with the bear he'd maimed when he was young.]]
-->'''Narrator:''' It was a ''good'' death.
* {{Foreshadowing}} - Mrs. Ludlow left because of bears. [[spoiler: A bear is what kills her last surviving son years later]].
* FailureHero: Tristan, summarized by One Stab below in Walking Disaster Area. Most of Tristan's life is avenging the deaths of loved ones he failed to protect.
* FiringInTheAirALot: One of the cops does this at a roadblock with a Tommy Gun to get Tristan's attention. [[spoiler: He ends up killing Isabell.]]
%%* FreudianTrio: The Ludlow brothers.
%%** TheId: Tristan.
%%** TheSuperego: Alfred.
%%** TheEgo: Samuel.
%%* AGoodWayToDie: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75O_JBfpX7Ihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75O_JBfpX7I It was a good death.]]"
* HappilyMarried: Tristan and Isabel II have a happy marriage, in contrast to Tristan's wild and destructive affair with Susannah. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, Isabel dies.]]
%%* {{Hunk}}: Tristan. Have you seen Brad Pitt in this film?
* IWillWaitForYou: Susannah says this to Tristan before he leaves. [[spoiler: Subverted in that Susannah didn't wait and ended up marrying Alfred.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: This is how the younger O'Banion brother met his end.
* ImportantHaircut: Susannah hacks off her hair [[spoiler:prior to committing suicide.]]
* TheIrishMob: The O'Banions, the only group of bootleggers prominently depicted, are Irish.
* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler:Implied heavily by the narrator at the end that the bear Tristan had maimed decades ago was looking for payback.]]
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Tristan is killed by the bear he maimed.]]
%%* KnifeNut: Tristan.
* LongHairIsFeminine: Susannah. Her hair is ultra long.
%%* LoveableRogue: Tristan.
* LoveAtFirstSight: All of the Ludlow brothers in regards to Susannah.
* LoveConfession: [[spoiler:Alfred confessed his love for Susannah in a rather awkward situation.]]
* LoveHurts: What do you expect when all three brothers fall in love with the same girl? Or when a girl's fiance dies tragically in battle? Or when unrequited love takes place? Or when the man you love abandons you, never comes back for years at a time, and then writes you a letter telling you: "All that they had is dead. MARRY ANOTHER"? And when the woman couldn't be with the man they really love, they commit suicide?
* LoveTriangle: More like a love rhombus or love square, with all three Ludlow brothers falling in love with Susannah.
%%* TheMourningAfter
* MrFanservice: Tristan is this in-universe, as a PrettyBoy that is also a {{Hunk}} at the same time.
%%* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler: Tristan, according to One Stab.]]
%%* NiceGirl: Susannah.
* TheOneThatGotAway: Tristan for Susannah. She always loved him but eventually, the love was unreciprocated.
* ParentalAbandonment: The Ludlow brother's mother left because she wasn't comfortable with the living situations. She felt there were too many bears.
* ParentalFavoritism: Col. Ludlow seemed to show favoritism towards Tristan.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Tristan and Isabel II. From the time that Isabel was a girl, she has said that she was arranged to marry Tristan when she is of age.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe: As Tristan was leaving the Ludlow Ranch to [[LeavingYouToFindMyself find himself]], Susannah begged him to stay. Despite her best efforts, Tristan was adamant. She responded, "IWillWaitForYou. Even if it takes forever."
* PrecociousCrush: Isabel II, a child, has one on the much older Tristan. [[spoiler: When she grows up, it turns into actual love]].
* ProperLady: Susannah. She is ladylike and polite.
* RapunzelHair: Susannah in true period tradition has beautiful waist length hair. Notably she still keeps it into the 1930s when shorter hairstyles were the fashion.
* RebelliousSpirit: Tristan. He is adventurous and carefree by nature.
* RegalRinglets: Susannah. She is long, curly hair.
* RemovedFromThePicture: After Tristan went away for many years without any communication, Alfred managed to marry Susannah after years of unrequited love. [[spoiler:When Tristan came back, that was the beginning of Susannah's emotional descent which ended with her being DrivenToSuicide.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Tristan [[spoiler: is none too pleased when Isabel II is killed.]]
* TheRoaringTwenties: Part of the Prohibition-related chapters.
* SanitySlippage:
** [[spoiler: Tristan pulling a knife on Susannah when he woke up.]]
** When Tristan beat the racist bartender with his own billy club after he refused to serve One Stab.
* SceneryGorn: Trenches littered with decaying fallen soldiers during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
* SceneryPorn: From the Ludlow ranch to the African Safari.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Tristan' s reaction to Isabel II when he returns.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: [[spoiler: By the end, what has been accomplished? Everyone Tristan loved died, and then he died too.]]
* ShirtlessScene: Tristan has a few shirtless scenes throughout the film.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Susannah. First with Samuel and then with Alfred.
* TheSixties: The final scene takes place in 1963, though you'd never know it.
* SnowMeansDeath: They buried [[spoiler:Samuel's heart]] during the winter.
* SpurnedIntoSuicide: [[spoiler: Susannah kills herself after Tristan rejects her]].
* StarCrossedLovers: Tristan and Susannah oh so much. When they first meet, Susannah is engaged to (and seems to love) his younger brother. They have an affair after his death, but Tristan abandons her and marries Isabel II. [[spoiler: Even after Isabel's death, he rejects Susannah and she ends up killing herself. Tristan lives out the rest of his days without marrying another]].
* TheThreeFacesOfEve: Interestingly enough Susannah fits into all three roles depending on what brother she's with. When she is with Samuel in her youth, she is the Child (an Ingenue; sweet and innocent). The brother she actually marries - Alfred - turns her into the Wife. In her passionate affair with Tristan, she becomes the Seductress.
* {{Tragedy}}: [[spoiler:Most of Tristan's loved ones died tragically while he outlived them.]]
* TragicDream: [[spoiler:Susannah wanted to bear Tristan's children when they were still together. Unfortunately for her, Isabel II filled that role. Despite what her letter says regarding her fond wishes for the birth of Tristan's children, she was in reality utterly devastated.]]
%%* TwilightOfTheOldWest: The early part of the film.
* TheUnfairSex: Inverted. In a scene from the trailer, the Colonel yells at Susannah for being nothing but trouble since she came to the house. Rather than the son that made a pass at his brother's fiancée.
* TheUnfavorite: Even from the beginning the Colonel doesn't favor Alfred nearly as much as he does Tristan or Samuel, and their relationship only grows colder. Alfred knows it, too.
* UnrequitedLove: Susannah for Tristan. Susannah is madly in love with Tristan but he insists that Susannah moves on and marries another. [[spoiler: She does end up marrying Alfred after not being able to wait for Tristan forever.]]
** Also, Alfred for Susannah. Alfred was in love with Susannah, but she was in love with Tristan. [[spoiler: This is subverted when Susannah marries Alfred.]]
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: [[spoiler:Isabel II marries one of the three guys that grew up with her.]]
* WalkingDisasterArea: Tristan. Everyone he loved died young. According to One Stab:
-->I thought Tristan would never live to be an old man. I was wrong about that. I was wrong about many things. It was those who loved him most who died young. He was a rock they broke themselves against [[FailureHero however much he tried to protect them]].
* WellDoneSonGuy: Alfred's decisions constantly alienate him from his father. When he compromises his ethics in a BigDamnHero moment, he finally reconciles with the Colonel, giving each other a long, heartfelt hug.
* WhenSheSmiles: An epic one given by Julia Ormond's character. Series/SiskelAndEbert raved about it in their review.
%%* WillTheyOrWontThey: Tristan and Susannah.