Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

Director: Anthony Minghella

Cast: Anthony Minghella, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Brendan Gleeson


Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Eyebrows were raised when the acclaimed Charles Frazier novel -- set in North Carolina during the Civil War -- wound up in the hands of British director Anthony Minghella, with Australian actress Nicole Kidman and British actor Jude Law cast as the film’s romantic leads, two American Southerners. But as with Minghella’s deft adaptation of The English Patient, his take on Cold Mountain is a deeply satisfying cinematic experience. The film opens in the closing days of the bloody conflict, where the wounded Confederate soldier Inman (Law) begins a dogged odyssey home to North Carolina’s Cold Mountain, where he hopes to resume his romance with preacher’s daughter Ada Monroe (Kidman). Since the death of her father, Ada’s been struggling to farm her land and is relying on the help of Ruby Thewes (Renée Zellweger), a resourceful drifter with whom she forms a pragmatic but increasingly fond relationship. Employing lengthy flashbacks, extraordinary settings (the film was shot in Romania), and evocative roots music, Minghella does a remarkable job of retaining the book’s multifarious characters and situations -- so much so that, even at 150 minutes, the film seems packed with incident enough for three movies. At times the pace flags, but the rich production and superb characterizations trump the occasional ponderousness. Law and Kidman are equally convincing, and Zellweger richly deserved the Oscar she won for her supporting role. The rest of the large cast is also distinguished, with plum roles going to Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eileen Atkins, Natalie Portman, Donald Sutherland, Kathy Baker, Brendan Gleeson, and Ray Winstone, among others. What’s more, the period is re-created with scrupulous attention to detail, making it easy for viewers to lose themselves in this epic drama.
Time Magazine - Richard Corliss
A grand and poignant movie epic about what is lost in war and what's worth saving in life. It is also a rare blend of purity and maturity -- the year's most rapturous love story.

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Special Features

Audio commentary with Screenwriter/Director Anthony Minghella and Editor Walter Murch; "Climbing Cold Mountain" documentary; The words and music of Cold Mountain - Royce Hall Special; A journey to Cold Mountain; Sacred harp history; Storyboard comparisons

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jude Law Inman
Nicole Kidman Ada Monroe
Brendan Gleeson Stobrod
Philip Seymour Hoffman Reverend Veasey
Renée Zellweger Ruby Thewes
Natalie Portman Sara
Eileen Atkins Maddy
Giovanni Ribisi Junior
Donald Sutherland Monroe
Ray Winstone Teague
Kathy Baker Sally Swanger
James Gammon Esco Swanger
Charlie Hunnam Bosie
Jack White Georgia
Ethan Suplee Actor
Jena Malone Actor
Melora Walters Lila
Lucas Black Oakley
Taryn Manning Shyla
Tom Aldredge Blind Man
James Rebhorn Doctor
Jen Apgar Dolly
Emily Deschanel Actor
Mark Jeffrey Miller Sheffield
Robin Mullins Mrs. Castlereagh
Jay Tavare Swimmer

Technical Credits
Anthony Minghella Director,Screenwriter
Steven E. Andrews Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Maria Teresa Barbasso Art Director
Pier Luigi Basile Art Director
Albert Berger Producer
Tim Bricknell Associate Producer
T-Bone Burnett Musical Direction/Supervision
Ronna Kress Casting
Walter Murch Editor
Cristian Niculescu Art Director
Bob Osher Executive Producer
Carlo Poggioli Costumes/Costume Designer
Sydney Pollack Producer
Ivana Primorac Makeup
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
David Rubin Casting
John Seale Cinematographer
Ivan Sharrock Sound/Sound Designer
Iain Smith Executive Producer
Sting Songwriter
Luca Tranchino Art Director
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Elvis Costello Songwriter
Paul Engelen Makeup
Dante Ferretti Production Designer
William Horberg Producer
Jack White Songwriter
Gabriel Yared Score Composer
Ron Yerxa Producer

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