Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1994. TriStar Pictures, The Bedford Falls Company, Pangaea. Screenplay by Susan Shilliday, William D. Wittliff, based on the novella by Jim Harrison. Cinematography by John Toll. Produced by Marshall Herskovitz, William D. Wittliff, Edward Zwick. Music by James Horner. Production Design by Lilly Kilvert. Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott. Film Editing by Steven Rosenblum. Academy Awards 1995. Golden Globe Awards 1995.
Three brothers grow up with their father on a sprawling Montana ranch, living wild, boisterous lives until tragedy strikes each of them (and all of it brought about by a woman, go figure). The middle son, played by Brad Pitt, is the heart and soul of the clan, experiencing the most difficult losses of his family around him (cute boys who brood endlessly for no reason are the preferred sex icon). This beautifully photographed drama is emotionally rich and appropriately melancholy, but for some it might feel like it’s working too hard at its sadness, as if that’s the only way it’s going to win our respect. Still, it is good material and Pitt is excellent in the lead, receiving ample support from Anthony Hopkins as his father, Aidan Quinn and Henry Thomas as his brothers, and newcomer Julia Ormond as the beautiful lady who wins all hearts.