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Cold Mountain (2003)

R  |   |  Drama, History, Romance  |  25 December 2003 (USA)
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In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart.



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This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith. Written by Quickflix

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Find the strength. Find the courage. No matter what it takes... find the way home. See more »


Drama | History | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Regreso a Cold Mountain  »

Box Office


$79,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£380,994 (UK) (26 December 2003)


$95,632,614 (USA) (25 June 2004)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Inman heads off to war there is a banner, "Old Rip's Awake! Watch out Yankees!" posted on the Cold Mountain General Store. This is in reference to North Carolina being known as "The Rip Van Winkle" state. See more »


The horse behind Ada Monroe and Ruby Thewes changes position several times during the fence building scene. See more »


[first lines]
Ada: [voiceover] Dear Mr. Inman, I began by counting the days, then the months. I don't count on anything anymore except the hope that you will return, and the silent fear that in the years since we saw each other, this war, this awful war, will have changed us both beyond all reckoning.
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Ruby with the Eyes That Sparkle
Arranged by Dirk Powell
Performed by Stuart Duncan, Dirk Powell, and Brendan Gleeson
Stuart Duncan and Dirk Powell appear courtesy of Rounder Records
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My brief review of the film
8 December 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

A strongly acted and always interesting portrait of the hardships that came with the American Civil War, not only for soldiers but for those who did not fight too. The times are portrayed well, with sets and costumes that cannot be faulted. What can be flawed in the film however is the central romance, which is without much spark or realism. But all the action surrounding the romance is great, with some good-natured humorous touches, wonderful supporting characters and the perfect picture overall of life during the American Civil War. The cast is superb, with Zellweger in particular undergoing a superb transformation from her typical roles. The film is generally well written and well directed by Minghella, so that in spite of a lackluster romance, the film is still a captivating and entertaining watch.

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