Brokeback Mountain

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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...
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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.
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Special Features

A groundbreaking success; Music from the mountain; Impressions from the film; On being a cowboy; Directing from the heart: Ang Lee; From script to screen: Interviews with Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana; Sharing the story: the making of Brokeback Mountain
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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: 1/10/2012
  • UPC: 025192128349
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Focus Features
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Bonus DVD / Slip Sleeve
  • Time: 2:15:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 20,767

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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Brokeback Mountain
1. Chapter 1 [6:51]
2. Chapter 2 [4:42]
3. Chapter 3 [6:00]
4. Chapter 4 [5:25]
5. Chapter 5 [5:45]
6. Chapter 6 [5:47]
7. Chapter 7 [6:35]
8. Chapter 8 [3:53]
9. Chapter 9 [8:26]
10. Chapter 10 [6:52]
11. Chapter 11 [4:52]
12. Chapter 12 [7:56]
13. Chapter 13 [6:25]
14. Chapter 14 [5:22]
15. Chapter 15 [4:30]
16. Chapter 16 [10:55]
17. Chapter 17 [9:22]
18. Chapter 18 [5:32]
19. Chapter 19 [7:21]
20. Chapter 20 [5:07]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Brokeback Mountain
   Play
   Scenes
   Bonus Features
      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
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1
      Spoken Languages: Français 5.1
      Subtitles: English SDH
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    What's the buzz

    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.<BR/><BR/>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".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a review by TRENT JOHNSON

    This is most definately like the story of my life. I cried like a little girl after this one. This one touched my heart. This one should touch yours too. SMOOCHES.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    exceeded my expectations

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    This movie is extremely good! The movie is about 2hrs and 20 min

    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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  • Posted October 7, 2011

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    Another Great Epic Romance

    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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An Incredibly Touching Movie

    This movie was a very emotional and moving movie. I was so emotional at the end (which almost never happens) and I feel it's gonna be a timeless classic. It's worth buying and worth seeing. The only thing it needed was more intimate scenes (between Jake and Heath) but all else was good.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Brokeback broke it!

    I felt a little let down by this movie. I had never seen it when it was in the theater, but I had wanted it. It was SO long. And it wasn't anything of what I had expected... a bit disappointing. I mean the message is great, but you have to watch the entire movie.. and it is so long, how could you not fall asleep? Something is missing.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    brokeback mountain

    just shows how love can try to help with lifes situations

    shows how much fear has been generated by CHRISTIAN HATREAD for people

    created by GOD, but not let live as he created .

    thank goodness for the new times and people realizing that GOD created

    everyone and it not up to HUMANS to say how we live.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Simply Cannot Say Enough Good Things About This Movie!!!

    I absolutely love this movie! It makes me cry everytime I watch it and I am DISGUSTED that it didn't not recieve the Best Picture Oscar it deserved beyond dispute. It is certainly one of the bravest films of its time, brilliantly acted, and portrayed with extraordinary sensitivity. It is heartbreaking and most certainly a need-to-see social drama especially applicable now during this swirl of controversy concerning gay marriage and rights and anti-homosexual violence. Wonderful, fantastic movie!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The True Best Picture!!

    Brokeback Mountain is such an incredible and powerful film and such a strong example of how far Hollywood still has to go to overcome its own homophobia, when it was released Brokeback MT. was critically acclaimed and broke box office records and yet when it came time for the Best Picture Oscar, the cowards of the academy chose Crash (a film that received mixed reviews and performed poorly at the box office when it was first released). Brokeback will forever be remembered as a film that was robbed of its awards at the Oscars!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Became my obsession for quite a while...

    This is a great american love story in the fashion of "An Affair to Remember" and "Brief Encounter". Perfectly acted, beautiful to watch.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Love Story

    A very heartwarming love story that somehow was made accessible to the masses by Ang Lee in a very courageous way as gay couples obviously are frowned on. This film finally laid to mainstream America that homosexuality is not a sin, but can also be love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest Love Story In 30 Years

    Greatest love story since 1970's "Love Story." Male/female relationships have been done so much that it's refreshing to see a movie like this one show how hard it is to be in a relationship and how prejudices can make people enter marriages of convenience that are more likely to destroy conventional marriages (heterosexual) than gays and lesbians who live without fear. This movie does a great job of showing how the relationship between Ennis and Jack destroys lives more than people realize. I found that the so called "slow moments" at the beginning help you understand the isolation that the two men felt on that mountain. Heath and Jake do an excellent job as the two doomed lovers. The wives (especially Michelle Williams's Alma, who makes you forget her Dawson's Creek years) are effective as well (Anne Hathaway does a good job too but not like Michelle's nominated performance.) The movie's tagline is correct "Love Is A Force Of Nature." Brokeback Mountain and LOTR: The Return of the King are the best movies so far in the 21st century. "Jack, I swear."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome

    this movie is so entertaining, i love the ironic end!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Film of All-Time

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Too Boring!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Most perfect film

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very near perfection

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding Movie

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tragic and trancendant!

    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!

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