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 job


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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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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Music From the Mountain: Meet the talented musical artists who contributed to the groundbreaking soundtrack, and see how Gustavo Santaolalla's Academy Award-winning score complemented scenes from the film; Impressions From the Film: See a montage of photo stills that reveal the power and beauty of the film; A Groundbreaking Success: Chart the phenomenal success of the film and its worldwide emotional impact. Plus, reunite with the producers and crew as they look back at the remarkable reaction to the movie; Directing From the Heart: Ang Lee - The Academy Award-winning director is profiled in this intimate behind-the-scenes look at the creative force that brought the absorbing story of Brokeback Mountain to life; From Script to Screen: Interviews with Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana - The writers discuss bringing Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx's visionary short story to the screen; Sharing the Story: The Making of Brokeback Mountain - Follow the filmmaking process from start to finish and meet the cast and crew who brought Brokeback Mountain to life through in-depth interviews, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, and more; On Being a Cowboy: Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal discuss their preparations for the film

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Brokeback Mountain: Feature Film
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 [6:36]
8. Separate Ways [3:53]
9. Tough Times [8:25]
10. Roped In [6:52]
11. Drop Me a Line [4:52]
12. What Now? [7:55]
13. Divorce Granted [6:25]
14. Don't Fool Me [9:52]
15. Suspicious Minds [10:55]
16. Let Me Be [9:21]
17. Return to Sender [5:33]
18. Crazy Notions [7:20]
19. The Power of Love [5:08]
20. End Titles [6:32]


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Brokeback Mountain 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
steveforbertfan More than 1 year ago
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".
DriedPhoenix More than 1 year ago
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!
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MWB1089 More than 1 year ago
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.
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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."
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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).
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the real Best Picture of 2005, the one that will truly be remembered. A heartbreaking story of love and loss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.