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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 139 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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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 »

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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When asked if he had any fears about playing a gay man, Heath Ledger replied that he was not afraid of the role, only that he wasn't mature enough to do it justice. See more »

Goofs

On the first postcard Jack sends Ennis, he incorrectly uses "your" instead of the correct "you're" or "you are" when writing "drop me a line say if your there. " Should be you're or you are...there. See more »

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[first lines]
Jack Twist: [kicks the cargo box of his old car] Shit.
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He Was a Friend of Mine
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Very powerful and moving, one of the best films of 2005!
13 January 2006 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

I have just heard so much about "Brokeback Mountain", it is crazy. People were either excited to see it or protesting against it's homosexuality theme and all the awards this movie is going up for, the girls at my work and I had to see it and saw this movie last night. You know, I really liked it. I've said it before and I'll say it again, 2005 wasn't the best year for movies, and I'm not just saying this, but I felt that Star Wars, King Kong, and now Brokeback Mountain so far are the only real decent movies to see.

The great thing about Brokeback Mountain for those who are uncomfortable with it's themes, the love story between Jack and Ennis is not rubbed in your face in any way. For me, I thought it was extremely touching and real, they had a very strong love for each other. I felt awful for Jack, probably because I can understand since this has happened to a couple of my friends, because he loved Ennis so much and wanted to make their relationship work, but Ennis kind of rejected that thought and just wanted to get back to his normal life. Only seeing Jack 4 or 5 times a year and then going back home to his wife and two girls and just acting like nothing ever happened.

The performances in this movie are terrific, all the actors gave it their best shot at becoming who their characters were. The pictures of Brokeback Mountain were just beautiful and relaxing to watch. The whole story is a wonderful one and I would highly recommend this film any day. I hope it does win an Oscar or two. :D

10/10


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