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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?


Three stars of this film Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jena Malone would later appear in the films of The Hunger Games franchise. See more »


During the battle scene, it appears that some of the American flags being carried by the Union soldiers are the "50 star" type flags. The American flag with 50 stars was not used until at least 1960, after Hawaii was made a state. 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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References Wuthering Heights (1939) See more »


You Will Be My Ain True Love
Written and Composed by Sting
Arranged by Sting and Dave Hartley
Performed by Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss appears courtesy of Rounder Records
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User Reviews

an epic
8 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie moved me more than I was expecting, and I was fully prepared to cry. The acting mainly carried this film, with superb performances from Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger, as well as the supporting cast. These actors portrayed characters so intensely human that they lingered the remainder of the night with me, and I had trouble shaking this war drama. The costumes and cinematography were also magical, but didn't get carried away with themselves. They didn't take focus, but added to the whole effect. Cold Mountain could never become my favorite movie, as that title will always belong to The English Patient, but it's in the top five. The story itself was well developed, and stayed fairly unpredictable. I did not find myself guessing what line came next. A heart-wrenching story about humanity and war. In fact, this movie was so strongly real that it was barely noticeable it took place in the 19th century. It seemed to apply to all times.

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