THE MEN OF THE LUDLOW FAMILY. A WOMAN’S GRACE BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER. THEN HER PASSION TORE THEM APART.
At the start of World War I, retired colonel William Ludlow’s (Anthony Hopkins) three sons all go against his wishes and join the Canadian Expeditionary Force to fight the Germans in Europe… A handsomely produced epic that became a hit thanks to Brad Pitt’s star status that went hand in glove with the simple soap opera elements here. The story plays out from WWI to the Prohibition Era and we see how the Ludlows’ lives are affected by war, love and rivalry over one woman (Julia Ormond). Beautifully shot, great score, but too polished and predictable.
1994-U.S. 134 min. Color. Directed by Edward Zwick. Novella: Jim Harrison. Cinematography: John Toll. Music: James Horner. Cast: Brad Pitt (Tristan Ludlow), Anthony Hopkins (William Ludlow), Aidan Quinn (Alfred Ludlow), Julia Ormond (Susannah Fincannon), Henry Thomas, Karina Lombard.
Trivia: Johnny Depp was allegedly considered for the part of Tristan.
Oscar: Best Cinematography.