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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.
Filming took 22 weeks and the weather conditions during the location in Romania were unpredictable and the set was at one point flooded. Director Anthony Minghella was forced to cut some scenes and make changes to screenplay because of the conditions.
Natalie Portman originally auditioned for the part of Ada.
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.
In Chinese poetry, 'Cold Mountain' is a spiritual destination. Director Anthony Minghella wrote several poems and aphorisms about "cold mountain" while creating the screenplay for this film.
Nicole Kidman revealed in 2011 that she first met with Anthony Minghella in the 90's to discuss a possible role in his film The English Patient (1996), but was eventually turned down.
The original budget for the film was $40 million, which later expanded into $120 million, before it was finalized at $80 million. Harvey Weinstein made the film over the objections of his boss, the Walt Disney Company chairman, Michael D. Eisner, who had pressed him to find a new partner to help pay for the film after MGM, a co-financier, lost faith in the project and dropped out two weeks before filming began.
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.
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".
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.
Nicole Kidman was asked to lose as much weight as possible. She went on the hard-boiled egg diet, which entailed having one egg for breakfast and two to three for dinner. This type of diet is not advisable in the long run as it is unbalanced, unhealthy and does not provide one with enough calories. In the end Kidman ended up losing more weight than she originally desired.
Nicole Kidman shot a scene with a scarecrow, that's supposed to take place in mild, fall weather. However, the scene was shot during winter, when some days would be -40 degrees. Between takes, runners would bring Kidman heaters, scarves and huge things to cover her face and body, because the crew was were scared she would get frostbites on her fingers and nose.
The second of three collaborations between Anthony Minghella and Jude Law. The other two are The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Breaking and Entering (2006).
Anthony Minghella spend five years on the film. Almost one year was used for editing.
Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, and Daniel Day-Lewis were all considered for the role of Inman at one point or another.
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.
Renée Zellweger was shooting a scene for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) when she was informed about her Golden Globe nomination for this film.
Rachel Weisz was considered for the Ruby Thewes role.
Renée Zellweger admittedly got through the long shot by daily consuming Starbucks coffee. She brought in pounds of coffee bean from abroad and every morning she would make latte for her driver, her assistant and herself in her own cabin kitchen.
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.
Three stars of this film Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jena Malone would later appear in the films of The Hunger Games franchise.
Edited using Apple's "Final Cut Pro 3.0.2" software.
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).
At 49 Minutes - We are introduced to Ruby Thewes, the award winning performance of Renee Zellweger.
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Matt Damon, Josh Hartnett, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Eric Bana were all considered for roles.
Nicole Kidman and Jude Law later worked together again on Genius (2016), in which they also played lovers.
For her performance in this film, Renée Zellweger became the first actress to win Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, BAFTA Awards, Golden Globe Awards and Critics' Choice Awards.
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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.
Julia Roberts and Cate Blanchett were both considered for the role of Ada.
Jude Law and Phillip Seymour Hoffman both appeared in The Talented Mr. Ripley.
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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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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.
Singer Faith Hill auditioned for the part of Sara.
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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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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The only film that year nominated for Best Motion Picture Drama at the Golden Globes, and not Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
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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.
The love scene between Nicole Kidman and Jude Law took two days to film.

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