Brokeback MountainDirector: Ang Lee
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/i>… See more details below
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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 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.
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|Heath Ledger||Ennis Del Mar|
|Jake Gyllenhaal||Jack Twist|
|Anne Hathaway||Lureen Newsome|
|Randy Quaid||Joe Aguirre|
|Kate Mara||Alma Jr. Age 19|
|Anna Faris||Lashawn Malone|
|Victor Reyes||Chilean Sheepherder|
|Lachlan Mackintosh||Chilean Sheepherder|
|Larry Reese||Jolly Minister|
|Tom Carey||Rodeo Clown|
|Dan McDougall||Bartender 1|
|Steven Cree Molison||Bikers|
|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|
|Sarah Hyslop||Alma Jr. Age 9-12|
|Jacey Kenny||Jenny, Age 7-8|
|Cayla Wolever||Jenny, Age 11|
|Cheyenne Hill||Alma Jr. Age 13|
|Jake Church||Bobby, Age 10|
|David Harbour||Randall Monroe|
|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|
|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|
|Laura Ballinger-Gardner||Art Director|
|Michael Hausman||Asst. Director,Executive Producer|
|Drew Kunin||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Larry McMurtry||Executive Producer,Screenwriter|
|Damon Moreau||Camera Operator|
|Kathy Nelson||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|William Pohlad||Executive Producer|
|Gustavo Santaolalla||Score Composer|
|Pierre Tremblay||Asst. Director|
|Peter Wunstorf||Camera Operator|
|E. Annie Proulx||Source Author|
1. Looking for Work [6:51]
2. Herding Sheep [4:42]
3. Against the Rules [6:00]
4. Trading Places [5:25]
5. Forty Winks [5:45]
6. First Light [5:47]
7. Bad News [6:35]
8. Seperate Ways [3:53]
9. Tough Times [8:26]
10. Roped In [6:52]
11. Drop Me a Line [4:52]
12. What Now? [7:56]
13. Divorce Granted [6:25]
14. Don't Fool Me [5:22]
15. Suspicious Minds [4:30]
16. Let Me Be [10:55]
17. Return to Sender [9:22]
18. Crazy Notions [5:32]
19. The Power of Love [7:21]
20. End Titles [5:07]
On Being A Cowboy
Directing From The Heart: Ang Lee
From Script To Screen: Interviews With Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana
Sharing The Story: The Making Of Brokeback Mountain
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I watched this for 2 reasons...I had heard all the talk in the media and well, there was nothing left to take out at the library. I wasn't actually relishing the thought of watching a movie that was about cowboys in love. However, that being noted, I was incredibly surprized by the film. If you have some issues with homosexuality, you don't have to enjoy the story from that perspective...there are many other ways to relate to it. The movie avoids being too political, a great relief. The highlights: musical score, cinematography, acting, casting, and the the script. There were a couple of minor flaws. It was difficult to age the characters over a 20-year period and it may have been better to see a little more on the impact the men's relationship had on their wives.
This movie was slow, boring and highly overrated, that is why it did not win the Academy Award and Crash did. At the last minute the Hollywood crew must have realized its shortcomings.
Although it dealt with the subject matter very realistically and tenderly, it failed as a movie in many levels. If not for the subject matter it would not have been the hit it was. Put a man and a woman as main characters and everyone would have been "ho hum".
This movie is extremely good! The movie is about 2hrs and 20 mins long and you won't even notice it if you enjoy the movie! The romance is amazing, heartbreaking even it is very rare to see this type of love on screen because usually is man and woman but movie is way better, not because it's two men. But because the acting was great and the story fit those characters very well (and so did the characters to the actors). The movie was almost perfect for me, the only issues were that the characters basically don't age and that the story had some scenes that were kinda hard to understand (like 1 or 2 scenes so don't worry). But other than that, THE MOVIE IS GREAT!
This film is clearly not for the close-minded. It is a love story. A damn good one. Sure, the film is slow and there are way to many landscape/scenery shots, but none the less, the film is engageing. I could continue to go on-and-on, but I going just simply say--it's a spectacular love story that had me tearing up by the end.
Now that the embarrassing Academy Awards show honoring films for 2005 has come and gone, "Brokeback Mountain" can begin to earn its rightful place in film history as the stunning achievement it truly is. The real "Best Picture" of 2005 is nothing short of a masterpiece. Director Ang Lee, screen writers Larry McMurtry and Diana Osanna and composer Gustavo Santaolalla richly deserved their Oscars for the film. What "Brokeback Mountain" should also have won was Best Cinematography, Film Editing (for which it failed to even get an Oscar nod!) and of course the Best Actor prize to Heath Ledger for his unforgettable performance as Ennis. In a year that also showcased Philip Seymour Hoffman's brilliant turn as Truman Capote it would have been generous of "The Academy" to honor both actors. It happened a couple times before but this time Oscar was particularly stingy. Not only did "Brokeback Mountain" not win Best Picture, it lost to one of the worst Best Picture choices in The Academy's history. To those who have decided not to see Ang Lee's landmark movie: you are missing one of the greatest American films ever made. "Brokeback Mountain" is right up there with "Citizen Kane", The Grapes of Wrath" and yes, even "Gone With The Wind."
the movie was well done,the evolution of the characters grows beautifully! one of the most original & contreversal films i've seen in years. a must see movie,if your mind is open.
Like Citizen Kane, Gone With The Wind and Casablanca in the 20th Century, Brokeback Mountain will be the first 21st century film to become a classic film. It's not only a great film, but one of the greatest love stories ever told on film. All the actors, especially Heath Ledger, bring their best work to date in this great love story that appeals to all, gay or straight. A future classic.
Wow, I was moved! I thought the acting was great! The story and filming were wonderful! But then I am a sucker for a love story! This movie and it's characters blew me away. Such strong acting by Jake, Heath, and Michelle. Ang Lee put greatness back into filming!
Brokeback Mountain should have won Best Picture over Crash. This film is hands down the best film of 2005. Although it is known as the "gay cowboy" movie, it is more of a tragic romance than anything else. It is tragic because of how being gay eats the souls of the two men. They cannot accept their feelings for each other, because they live in a time where it is dangerous to be gay. They wish they weren't gay, but know that they have no choice in the matter. Heath Ledger is magnificent in the role. He talks through clenched teeth, which is true to the character, who he holding his emotions and secrets inside of him, secret from the rest of the world. The film itself is very well made. From the careful camera work to the brilliant screenplay adaptation of Annie Proulx's great short story, everything works. Michelle Williams is very good as Ennis' wife, whose life comes crashing down when she discovers that her husband is gay. Her story is just as tragic as those of the two men. This is far from a political film, but it does carry with it an important message that love is love, and that society as a whole has to be more accepting. After nearly four months since I first saw it, I still can't get it out of my head. It is so emotional and heartbreaking. Please ignore criticism and before judging this film see it for yourself!!! (You don't have to be gay to love this movie!!!) You won't be disappointed. BEST FILM OF 2005, and that's saying a lot, since this was such a great year for movies. Check out the films below that I mentioned. They all are great. (Except Brokeback was far superior to them all, including CRASH).
Deeply moving romantic epic, not to be missed. Same-sex lovers the world over now have on the screen what straight moviegoers have taken for granted for decades!
Everyone should see this movie. Put away your stereotypes and prejudices and watch one of the most memorable movies of our time. It's truly a story of love between two human beings who just happen to be of the same sex. Love in any form should be celebrated. Very sad and emotional movie. Fabulous job by all involved.
Though the reviewer here says it is just a "star crossed love story" it is so much more. A near perfect short story, a near perfect script, outstanding performances by Heath Ledger (who in my opinion) had the most challenging role, and great performances by the rest of the cast. These characters are so real that I think of this movie as almost a documentary, looking into these folks lives and hearts for a glimpse of their truth. This is a very bittersweet story, but absolutely incredibly well done.
Brokeback Mountain is a powerful translation of literature to film. The screenplay adaptation by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana of Annie Proulx's short story rivals that of Horton Foote's translation of the Harper Lee classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. The performances of every actor, really, are flawless. Without detracting from Philip Seymor Hoffman's masterful mimicry of Truman Capote, Heath Ledger's creation from thin air of the complex and conflicted Enis Del Mar is iconic: think James Dean as Jim Stark in Rebel Without a Cause. The gay-love-story epithet attributed to this film distorts its majesty: unattainable, conflicted, enduring love framed by the rugged American west and its rich visual imagery. That a cowboy can fall in love with another cowboy is not the defining theme of Brokeback Mountain. It's a simple truth. This is a stunning film destined for a legacy befitting the classic work which it is.
you will fall in love all over again, this movie should have won the movie of the year. if you enjoy romance movies like "the notebook" you will love this movie.
This is the real Best Picture of 2005, the one that will truly be remembered. A heartbreaking story of love and loss.
Having lived and worked in the remote mountain region of Montana on an expansive horse and cattle ranch outside of Yellowstone Park, and witnessing the intermingling of grizzlies, wolves, cattle and horses, I can appreciate the respectul backdrop of this magnificent country.The man to grizzly confrontation of a true mountain man friend while I was there inspired me to write my first and only nonfiction about it. Anyone who enjoys the miraculous life changing events that can occur in a place comparable to Paradise, such as fictional Brokeback Mountain, might also enjoy my nonfictional, Basin and the Deadfall Dance.
WHO EVER HEARD OF GAY COWBOYS? Cowboys are supposed to be tough, not a bunch of stinkin' sissies! I've seen enough of this film to get sick, which didn't take me long! Homosexuality should be a private thing, if you chose to ruin your life that way, but it shouldn't be shoved up our faces. That lifestyle has no place in the movies, tv, at Disney World, and absolutely not in the church, and never the open range! You would be a sissy if you watch this movie! If you want to see real cowboys, watch John Wayne!
Of the many movies that I've watched, I've never ever cried so hard and been left with such feelings for the characters as I was when I watched this one. "Brokeback" is beautifully done with scenic shots and real characters that you can't help but fall in love with. Recommended for anyone who wants to know why we should love, how happy it can make us, and how important it is not to throw it away because of what others may think.
I was so completely annoyed when Brokeback Mountain kept winning all those awards for the Golden Globes and Oscars. It wasn't a bad movie. But it wasn't great either. In my opinion, the movie was way too long and boring. I felt like the director just kept taking his time with everything. It was more about the scenery than about the plot and I don't recommend seeing it. I am glad to say that I was relieved when Crash got the best picture award!
This movie is a cinematic breakthrough in film history, and I actually haven't seen another movie quite like this one. This is a film that makes us think about the choices we make, and whom we make them with, it also presents the way that love can transcend above such prejudices. The cast is absolutely excellent, especially Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michelle Williams, who give such the stunning performances of their careers. Linda Cardellini, Anne Hathaway, Anna Faris and Randy Quaid provide excellent support, despite their screen time. I was shocked when Crash won the Best Picture Oscar, that was one of the biggest mistakes that the Academy has ever made. Brokeback was the perfect movie of 2005, period.