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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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Won 3 Oscars. Another 138 wins & 128 nominations. See more awards »

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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

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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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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ang Lee was interviewed for a November 2010 New York Times article about Writer and Producer James Schamus. Lee remembered that after watching one of the first cuts of Brokeback Mountain (2005), Schamus ran into Lee in the theater bathroom; Schamus told Lee that the movie was running too long, and said, "that was great, but it was three hankies and two bladders. My goal is four hankies and one bladder." See more »

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In the scene where Jack Twist is first introduced to Alma by Ennis, her purse is on her left shoulder and her arms are down - immediately in the next scene when she is shown, her arms are folded across her chest in a "defensive" stance. See more »

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[first lines]
Jack Twist: [kicks the cargo box of his old car] Shit.
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I wish I had known how sad this movie was going to be.
29 January 2007 | by fezziwiggsSee all my reviews

I just watched this movie last night for the first time. I wish I hadn't. It was one of the saddest films I have ever seen. It bothered me to no end. I kept waking up all night thinking about it. I feel terrible.

The movie hit me especially hard because of my personal experiences. I spent several years living in the West and had a relationship with another man, who has since died. Watching this movie brought back many of the emotions I thought were long buried.

I feel like grabbing my coworkers and talking them to death about this film, but I know they don't want to hear about it. I feel this driving need to keep talking about it - maybe if I keep talking about it I can get the ending to change.

If I had known how this film was going to affect me - I wouldn't have watched it. It's too late now - I can't get it out of my head. I don't think I've ever been affected this much by a movie.


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