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Brokeback Mountain (2005)

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.

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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

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Love Is A Force Of Nature

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

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Release Date:

13 January 2006 (USA)  »

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Secreto en la montaña  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams met and fell in love on the set of this film. She gave birth to their daughter, Matilda, shortly before the film premiered. However, they'd eventually break up some time later. See more »

Goofs

The Kenworth used in the opening of the movie was in fact a 1959 model year, model 923. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack Twist: [kicks the cargo box of his old car] Shit.
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Referenced in Mortal Kombat (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

A Love That Will Never Grow Old
Written by Gustavo Santaolalla and Bernie Taupin
Performed by Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris appears courtesy of Nonesuch Records
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The Heart Of The Matter
16 December 2005 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

I didn't believe for a moment that the film could live up to the hype, or to some of the comments posted here, some of them read like love letters to the film, to the director and the actors. Well, now, after seeing the film, I feel like writing a love letter myself. The film took over my senses and transported me. The tragedy that envelopes the lives of Ennis and Jack is caused by an ancestral ignorance that is part of our DNA and if you don't believe me read some of the hateful comments posted here alongside the love letters. That's the heart of the matter. After the summer in Brokeback Mountain, Ennis and Jack go their separate ways and Ennis hits a wall with his fists crying, trying to destroy his longing, self loathing, guilt, horror. Imagine in a world without ignorance and therefore without hatred, Ennis and Jack could have celebrated their love and attempt an honest life together. Imagine also if things were the other way and heterosexuals were the dark minority, imagine falling in love with a girl and having to keep it secret, never been able to tell or to show publicly your love for her. Men like Ennis, and there are many, have to curve their own emotions and conform, entering and developing unhappy marriages and why? Read some of the comments here and you'll understand why. There is one that condemns the movie and what the movie may do for his kid and his vision of cowboys without actually having seen the movie! That's the heart of the matter. I will go and see the film again tomorrow, if I can get tickets, I'm taking with me a group of people that hate the movie already without having seen it. I won a bet so they will have to. I'm taking them to diner later to talk. I intend to report the results if you let me. But for the time being let me tell you, "Brokeback Mountain" is an extraordinary film. Jake Gyllenhaal, Ann Hathaway and the magnificent Michelle Williams give superb performances but it's Heath Ledger's film. He gives us something that nobody could possibly have expected because what he gives us is not only, honest and moving and powerful but totally and utterly new.


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