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Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R | | Drama | 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:
Basque (as David Trimble)
Victor Reyes ...
Chilean Sheepherder #1
Lachlan Mackintosh ...
Chilean Sheepherder #2
Larry Reese ...
Marty Antonini ...
Rodeo Clown
Bartender #1
Don Bland ...


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



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 USA:

$547,425, 11 December 2005, Limited Release

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first film to win Best Director at the Academy Awards, Directors Guild of America Awards, BAFTA Awards, Golden Globe Awards and Critics' Choice Awards. See more »


When Alma & Ennis are in the kitchen at Thanksgiving, there is a plastic strainer thing that goes over the sink which wasn't commonly available until the advent of dollar stores in the 1980s. Is there also a salad spinner on the counter? That would have been quite rare in the 1970s as well. See more »


[first lines]
Jack Twist: [kicks the cargo box of his old car] Shit.
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Referenced in Bones: Two Bodies in the Lab (2006) See more »


Maker Makes
Written by Rufus Wainwright
Performed by Rufus Wainwright
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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The story of a love that is "unique yet universal", and uncommon in its place and time.
29 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Brokeback Mountain tells a story as old as time, but one that is new to the mainstream. It is heartbreaking; cinematically beautiful; subtle in its messages; and impossible to forget. It offers the possibility of changing minds about love, changing minds about the American west, and changing how people approach their own lives. There is no acting -- only being: the actors become the characters and will be immortalized forever as Jack and Ennis. This film became a classic the moment it hit the theaters, with its tale of two ranch hands and an unarticulated, yet layers-deep, relationship. Fear, violence and oppression are never blatantly or gratuitously offered to the audience, but that energy is always lurking below the surface, as the friendship unfolds over a course of 20 years, leaving marriages and children in its wake. The true casualty here is the viewer's emotions, which are taken on a battering ride up and down a mountainous journey toward realizing love.

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