Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain

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Director: Ang Lee

Cast: Ang Lee, Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams

     
 

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Ang Lee's adaptation of E. Annie Proulx's story Brokeback Mountain stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger as young cowboys named Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar. Each of them is hired to corral sheep on the title location and they soon bond very closely. Their platonic relationship explodes into a physical one, but eventually the two are separated when their jobSee more details below

Overview

Ang Lee's adaptation of E. Annie Proulx's story Brokeback Mountain stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger as young cowboys named Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar. Each of them is hired to corral sheep on the title location and they soon bond very closely. Their platonic relationship explodes into a physical one, but eventually the two are separated when their job comes to an end. Although the two follow different life paths -- one becoming a father of two and the other marrying into a successful business -- they have a reunion years later. Each is affected profoundly by the rekindling of their old feelings for each other. Those feelings lead each to consider what continuing their hidden relationship would cost them. The screenplay was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
For all the fuss whipped up by the media about this "gay cowboy movie," the fact is, Brokeback Mountain is nothing more or less than a star-crossed romance -- a romance that just happens to involve two men. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal play young cowboys Ennis and Jack, who meet in the summer of 1963 while tending sheep in a remote Wyoming mountain range. Their initially awkward relationship blossoms into a torrid physical affair, and while the job comes to an end, their romance perseveres. Both men marry and raise families, but at periodic intervals over the next 20 years they slip away to join each other in fleeting attempts to recapture the bliss they felt all those years ago on Brokeback Mountain. The basis of this yarn is Annie Proulx's wistful short story, which has been brilliantly adapted by screenwriters Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana and translated to celluloid with unusual sensitivity by director Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), who won this year's Best Director Oscar for his marvelous work. Contrary to the hoopla generated by the film's attackers and defenders alike, Brokeback is neither a deconstruction of the "macho cowboy" myth nor an endorsement of the gay lifestyle. It does dwell on the secret sorrow that all too often accompanies closeted same-sex romances, and it doesn't shy away from depicting the damage done to the lovers' families. Michelle Williams, Ledger's real-life significant other, delivers a tightly controlled, heartbreakingly poignant portrayal as Ennis's wife, who is devastated by her accidental discovery of her husband's secret love life. Anne Hathaway is nearly as good as the pampered, willful daddy's girl who marries down-and-out rodeo rider Jack and takes him into the family business. In fact, there isn't a weak performance in the film, and even such supporting players as Randy Quaid and Anna Faris make significant contributions in their limited screen time. An insightful drama that never descends to the tawdry or sensational, Brokeback Mountain richly deserves the plaudits it has received.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain is an effective and affecting psychological study of a man so afraid of revealing emotions that he nearly implodes due to his inability to express himself. Heath Ledger gives a beautifully nuanced performance as Ennis Del Mar, a man of the land who for a number of reasons is unable to share himself in a real way with anyone other than the love of his life -- and even then he is unable to open up fully. The fact that his great love is another man provides yet another reason why he feels he must keep his emotions inside himself. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Jack Twist, the more outgoing of the pair. His gregariousness wins over the taciturn Ennis, but it also is the character trait that will eventually cause the two to have their biggest fight. The film smartly observes the men's relationships with their wives. One realizes that Ennis' inability to communicate would have caused trouble in his marriage even without his affair. Jack, being the more outgoing of the two, actually attempts to find ways to satisfy his closeted impulses even though emotionally he is drawn totally to Ennis. The pair are more than ably supported by Michelle Williams playing a simple but very smart woman, Randy Quaid, and Linda Cardellini, who gives Ennis a piece of advice about love that rings remarkably true in a film that seeks nothing more than to show what is inside the heart of a man trapped by inarticulateness. The film's final scene is so small it plays at the time like an anticlimax, but when a viewer takes stock of everything the character has gone through, one realizes how profoundly the character has changed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/10/2009
UPC:
0025192010743
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
R
Source:
Focus Features
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:00:00
Sales rank:
23,532

Special Features

A Groundbreaking Success; ; Music from the Mountain; Impressions from the Film; On Being a Cowboy; Directing from the Heart: Ane Lee; From Script to Scene: Interviews with Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana; ; Sharing the Story: The Making of Brokeback Mountain

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Heath Ledger Ennis Del Mar
Jake Gyllenhaal Jack Twist
Michelle Williams Alma
Anne Hathaway Lureen Newsome
Linda Cardellini Cassie
Randy Quaid Joe Aguirre
Kate Mara Alma Jr. Age 19
Anna Faris Lashawn Malone
Valerie Planche Waitress
David Trimble Basque
Victor Reyes Chilean Sheepherder
Lachlan Mackintosh Chilean Sheepherder
Larry Reese Jolly Minister
Marty Antonini Timmy
Tom Carey Rodeo Clown
Dan McDougall Bartender 1
Steven Cree Molison Bikers
Duval Lang Announcer
Dean Barrett Bartender 2
Hannah Stewart Alma Jr. Age 3
Scott Michael Campbell Monroe
Mary Liboiron Fayette Newsome
Graham Beckel L.B. Newsome
Kade Philips Ennis, Age 9
Steffen Cole Moster K.E. Del Mar, Age 11
Brooklyn Proulx Jenny, Age 4
Keanna Dubé Alma Jr. Age 5
James Baker Farmer
Pete Seadon Farmer
Sarah Hyslop Alma Jr. Age 9-12
Jacey Kenny Jenny, Age 7-8
Jerry Callaghan Judge
Cayla Wolever Jenny, Age 11
Cheyenne Hill Alma Jr. Age 13
Jake Church Bobby, Age 10
Ken Zilka Roughneck
John Tench Roughneck
David Harbour Randall Monroe
Will Martin Carl
Gary Lauder Killer Mechanic
Christian Fraser Grease Monkey
Cam A. Sutherland Assailant
Roberta Maxwell Jack's Mother
Peter McRobbie John Twist
Chyanne Hodgson Barrel Racer
David Leader Bull Fighter
Jory Vine Bull Fighter
Mark Van Tienhoven Bull Fighter
Greg Schlosser Bull Rider
Dwayne Wiley Bull Rider
Shane Pollitt Bull Dogger 1
T.J. Bews Rodeo Hazer
Lynn Ivall Rodeo Hazer
Richard Emerson Conductor

Technical Credits
Ang Lee Director
Marit Allen Costumes/Costume Designer
Tracey Baryski Art Director
Judy Becker Production Designer
Alic Chehade Camera Operator
Michael Costigan Executive Producer
Alberta Film Entertainment Executive Producer
Scott Ferguson Co-producer
Laura Ballinger-Gardner Art Director
Deb Green Casting
Michael Hausman Asst. Director,Executive Producer
Avy Kaufman Casting
Drew Kunin Sound/Sound Designer
Larry McMurtry Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Damon Moreau Camera Operator
Kathy Nelson Musical Direction/Supervision
Diana Ossana Producer,Screenwriter
Geraldine Peroni Editor
William Pohlad Executive Producer
Rodrigo Prieto Cinematographer
Trish Robinson Casting
Gustavo Santaolalla Score Composer
James Schamus Producer
Dylan Tichenor Editor
Pierre Tremblay Asst. Director
Peter Wunstorf Camera Operator
E. Annie Proulx Source Author

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