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Brokeback Mountain (2005)

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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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Ang Lee

Writers:

Annie Proulx (short story), Larry McMurtry (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heath Ledger ... Ennis Del Mar
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Jack Twist
Randy Quaid ... Joe Aguirre
Valerie Planche ... Waitress
Dave Trimble ... Basque (as David Trimble)
Victor Reyes Victor Reyes ... Chilean Sheepherder #1
Lachlan Mackintosh Lachlan Mackintosh ... Chilean Sheepherder #2
Michelle Williams ... Alma
Larry Reese Larry Reese ... Jolly Minister
Marty Antonini Marty Antonini ... Timmy
Tom Carey ... Rodeo Clown
Dan McDougall ... Bartender #1
Don Bland Don Bland ... Biker #1
Steven Cree Molison ... Biker #2
Anne Hathaway ... Lureen Newsome
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

Love Is A Force Of Nature

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

13 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Secreto en la montaña See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$547,425, 11 December 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$83,043,761

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$178,062,759
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Larry McMurtry also wrote the novels Terms of Endearment and Lonesome Dove. Terms of Endearment was turned into a film that featured Jack Nicholson. Heath Ledger later succeeded Nicholson as The Joker in The Dark Knight. Linda Cardellini later appeared in Comanche Moon, a prequel to Lonesome Dove, in which her character was previously played by Anjelica Huston, who had had a relationship with Nicholson for several years. See more »

Goofs

During the scene in the supermarket where Alma works in the 1960s, plastic cranberry juice bottles with yellow, plastic twist lids on a shelf are visible behind Ennis' head. These bottles would have been glass until the early 1990's. See more »

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[first lines]
Jack Twist: [kicks the cargo box of his old car] Shit.
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Referenced in Saxondale: Episode #2.3 (2007) See more »

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The Cowboy's Lament
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This movie broke my heart.
15 October 2006 | by aimeelee76See all my reviews

For all of those who are holding back from watching this movie because it is "gay" or has love scenes between two men...oh! This movie has nothing to do with sex...and to be honest, I don't feel that it has much to do with homosexuality. This is the most beautiful and profoundly sad love story I have ever come across, and the fact that it is a love between two men is beside the point. It's about a love between two people who cannot be together, but if human beings were better at being human, and if the world was a better place, they would have lived out their lives side by side. I was so, so moved. AMAZING!!!! A must see.


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