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Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  13 January 2006 (USA)
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The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dave Trimble ...
Basque (as David Trimble)
Victor Reyes ...
Chilean Sheepherder #1
Lachlan Mackintosh ...
Chilean Sheepherder #2
Larry Reese ...
Jolly Minister
Marty Antonini ...
Rodeo Clown
Bartender #1
Don Bland ...
Biker #1
Biker #2


Two young men, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, meet when they get a job as sheep herders on Brokeback Mountain. They are at first strangers, then they become friends. Throughout the weeks, they grow closer as they learn more about each other. One night, after some heavy drinking, they find a deeper connection. They then indulge in a blissful romance for the rest of the summer. Unable to deal with their feelings for each other, they part ways at the end of the summer. Four years go by, and they each settle down, Ennis in Wyoming with his wife and two girls, and Jack in Texas with his wife and son. Still longing for each other, they meet back up, and are faced with the fact that they need each other. They undeniably need each other, and unsure of what to do, they start a series of "fishing trips", in order to spend time together. The relationship struggles on for years until tragedy strikes. Written by maisie stewart

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Love Is A Force Of Nature


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 January 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Secreto en la montaña  »

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Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$547,425 (USA) (9 December 2005)


$83,025,853 (USA) (14 April 2006)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


By 2010, this film was on many critics' and publications' "Best of the Decade" lists, including Peter Travers, Entertainment Weekly, The London Times, The A.V. Club, Time Out New York, and The London Telegraph. See more »


During Jack's first and second bull rides, his free hand alternates several times from being his left or right hand. Since he's obviously not letting go to switch hands, either some shots are flipped or the sequence is edited from several takes. See more »


[first lines]
Joe Aguirre: You pair of deuces lookin' for work, I suggest you get your scrawny asses in here pronto.
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All Night Blues
Written by Rick Garcia and Craig Eastman
Performed by The Raven Shadows
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Ang Lee's Cowboys
17 September 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

What an extraordinary accomplishment! Ang Lee presents us with something we've known about but we've never seen. Profoundly honest, stunning to look at, superbly acted. I could go on with the superlatives because I feel lifted by the experience. You've all heard the ins and outs of the subject treated here. Well, forget it, the words used are used words and do not apply here. "Brokeback Mountain" introduce us to something utterly new, daring you and me to be indifferent. The film is about us, really. Love as an unexpected blow that makes you find and confront yourself. Jake Gylenhaal gives a performance that you'll never forget. Michelle Williams and Ann Hathaway are incredibly good but the film belongs to Heath Ledger. I'm not going to talk about revelations or Oscar buzz, I'm just going to let you know that what he does in this film is so courageously beautiful, so truthful and so transcendental that his Ennis del Mar is bound to become a point of reference not just for us but for generations to come.

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