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(2003)

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Nicole Kidman did all of her own piano playing.
Brendan Gleeson is an accomplished fiddle player and does all his own playing in this film.
The film has a shooting ratio of 60:1, which means that for every one minute that appears on screen, there were 60 minutes of footage.
Many of the scenes were shot in the Carpathian Mountains in Romania, e.g. around the city Brasov or in the canyon of Zarnesti.
Nicole Kidman used an old converted bus once owned by executed Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu as her on-location dressing room.
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were both considering roles in this movie, yet Cruise was unaware of Kidman's involvement. Cruise backed out but Kidman immediately signed up.
As of 2003, this was the most expensive film Miramax has financed on its own, with a budget of about $79 million.
Natalie Portman originally auditioned for the part of Ada.
The rather odd-looking pistol that Inman is carrying before he is captured by Confederate soldiers is an 1860 Beauregard LeMat, which was a favored weapon of many Confederate cavalrymen, as it held nine shots as well as a lower barrel with a .28-gauge shotgun load. This was the type of pistol carried by Confederate General JEB Stuart.
There is a real Cold Mountain in North Carolina, located within the Pisgah National Forest southwest of Asheville. However, there is not and has never been a town named after the mountain.
According to Ray Winstone (interviewed on Desert Island Discs), the horse he rides in the film is the same horse Russell Crowe rides in Gladiator, and is called George.
The names of Sally Swanger's sons, "Acton" and "Ellis", are also the names that Anne Brontë and Emily Brontë used as pseudonyms to hide their genders when marketing their novels. They used "Acton Bell" and "Ellis Bell" and their sister Charlotte Brontë used the name "Currer Bell".
Three stars of this film Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jena Malone would later appear in the films of The Hunger Games franchise.
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.
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Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, and Daniel Day-Lewis were all considered for the role of Inman at one point or another.
Edited using Apple's "Final Cut Pro 3.0.2" software.
Rachel Weisz was considered for the Ruby Thewes role.
The book was written similarly to how the film was shot. In the book alternating chapters are spent following Inman's journey and Ruby & Ada's plight; the movie does the same, switching back and forth between two compelling storylines, each significant stories in their own right.
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Matt Damon, Josh Hartnett, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Eric Bana were all considered for roles.
At one point in his journey, Inman asks a local if he's near the Cape Fear River. Cape Fear is adjacent to the coastal city of Wilmington, and the Cape Fear River runs south through Wilmington. The region is the namesake of the movies Cape Fear (1962) and Cape Fear (1991).
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The characters of Bardolph, Nym, and Pistol are named after characters in "Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2", "Henry V", and "The Merry Wives of Windsor" by William Shakespeare.
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Julia Roberts and Cate Blanchett were both considered for the role of Ada.
Singer Faith Hill auditioned for the part of Sara.
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The film cast includes four Oscar winners: Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, and one Oscar nominee: Jude Law.
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In 'cock and bull story' an historical film advisor decries Cold Mountain's battle scenes as being very unrealistic.
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Francis Kemp was first considered for the old mountain woman, but turned it down.
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One of countless movies to more or less follow Homer's epic tale "The Odyssey", about a man being far removed but on a journey back to home against seemingly impossible odds. In recent years "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou" (2000) is another example.
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At :26 when Inman and Ada enter the church, they do so to wrangle a bird in the dove family, the "bird of peace and love". This obviously representing or foreshadowing the budding relationship between the two.
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Jena Malone and Donald Sutherland were also in Pride & Predjudice together, and would later appear together in the Hunger Games film franchise.
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Jude Law and Phillip Seymour Hoffman both appeared in The Talented Mr. Ripley.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the original script, Inman stays with Sara to help clean up after the encounter with the Union soldiers, but Sara's baby dies and a grief-stricken Sara shoots herself. This is one of the deleted scenes on the DVD.
One of the DVD deleted scenes shows Inman finally arriving back at Cold Mountain only to find that Georgia is the only one at the house. Georgia tells Inman that Ada and Ruby are a long ways off in the mountains, and Inman sets off to find them.

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