Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

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Director: Anthony Minghella

Cast: Anthony Minghella, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger

     
 

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Based on the novel by Charles Frazier, Anthony Minghella's star-studded Cold Mountain is a sweeping tale set in the final days of the American Civil War. Jude Law stars as Inman, a young soldier who, despite an injury, is struggling to make his way home to Cold Mountain, NC, where his beloved Ada (Nicole Kidman) awaits. In Inman's absence, Ada befriends Ruby

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Based on the novel by Charles Frazier, Anthony Minghella's star-studded Cold Mountain is a sweeping tale set in the final days of the American Civil War. Jude Law stars as Inman, a young soldier who, despite an injury, is struggling to make his way home to Cold Mountain, NC, where his beloved Ada (Nicole Kidman) awaits. In Inman's absence, Ada befriends Ruby (Renée Zellweger), who helps her keep up her late father's farm. Meanwhile, in his travels, Inman encounters a menagerie of interesting folks. Also starring Natalie Portman, Giovanni Ribisi, Donald Sutherland, and Philip Seymore Hoffman, Cold Mountain features original music by Jack White of the White Stripes.

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.
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Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain is at once a beautifully shot, contemplative film about the Civil War South, and a messy, uneven narrative that fails to fully engage the viewer. Chief among the film's problems is its unbalanced mix of romance, war drama, road movie, and ensemble film elements. Considering the fact that this film is, at its heart, a romance, it is unfortunate that the leads lack chemistry. Although part of this may be due to the fact that both actors are playing very internalized characters -- Kidman a shy and unsure belle, and Law a thoughtful, yet introverted, man of few words -- they just do not stir up the requisite amount of passion when onscreen together for their love story to be compelling. There is also little foundation for their relationship in the story line since they barely interact with each other before their separation. Attempts to convey Ada's (Kidman) inner thoughts through voice-over readings of her love letters fall into melodrama, and Inman's (Law) repeated gazing at Ada's daguerreotype falls short of conveying more than escapist sentiments amidst his harsh surroundings. In fact, his decision to desert the Confederate Army seems to be grounded more in his own desire to get away from the bloodshed and death than in acquiescence to her call for his return. Thankfully, there is much more to both of their stories than their supposed love for each other. Though Ada and Inman maintain rather aloof personalities, even in their separate stories, they still have a multitude of other characters with which to interact. The film is bursting at the seams with colorful "country folk," disturbing opportunists, and sad souls -- many populated by recognizable character actors and minor stars. From the sinful Southern preacher played by the always-intriguing Philip Seymour Hoffman to the desperate, widowed young mother portrayed with ferocity by Natalie Portman, these characters are the lifeblood of the film. The larger supporting roles are taken by those in Ada's life, including a devastating turn by Kathy Baker as her neighbor and a moving turn by Donald Sutherland as Ada's wise father. Renée Zellweger's feisty performance as a down-home girl who helps Ada run her farm, becoming her closest friend in the process, may be considered by some as hamming it up or chewing the scenery; however, her character injects life into the film where it would otherwise have fallen horribly flat. The problem with all of these many performances is that they upstage the two leads. In this barrage of characters, even many cameo performers come across as full-blooded, three-dimensional personalities, while Ada and Inman seem more like blank slates. Helping out the film immensely is its wonderful musical score by Gabriel Yared and its many traditional country and folk tunes. The work of Alison Krauss, Jack White, and many other artists really brings the film to life, giving the Southern characters and environment a sense of authenticity throughout. Yared's score imbues the romance with a subtle, understated warmth that it could not have accomplished on its own and works beautifully with the sweeping, gorgeous cinematography. One should be warned that the film is very gruesome and brutal in parts, truly depicting the savagery of war and the anarchy that overran the South as the Civil War was being lost. This brutality, characterized at first on the actual battlefield, but also in many of the characters' heartless actions, threatens to overwhelm the love story and any hope the film seeks to offer. The movie seems to want its romance to be the unifying element, but the love story ends up feeling more like an ineffectual backdrop most of the time, not strong enough to balance out the disheartening elements of the film. Cold Mountain is really a beautifully crafted movie; it's just a shame that many of its disparate elements could not come together to create a cohesive cinematic experience.
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2011
UPC:
0031398137313
Original Release:
2003
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:34:00
Sales rank:
4,183

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jude Law Inman
Nicole Kidman Ada Monroe
Renée Zellweger Ruby Thewes
Eileen Atkins Maddy
Brendan Gleeson Stobrod
Philip Seymour Hoffman Reverend Veasey
Natalie Portman Sara
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
Elvis Costello Songwriter
Paul Engelen Makeup
Dante Ferretti Production Designer
William Horberg Producer
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
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Jack White Songwriter
Gabriel Yared Score Composer
Ron Yerxa Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Feature
1. The Siege of Petersburg [5:20]
2. "Inman Speaks" [3:52]
3. "It's a Turkey Shoot!" [5:26]
4. Play Something Sweet [2:15]
5. "If it Were Enough Just to Stand" [5:48]
6. Heroes for the Cause [5:00]
7. "We Got Our War!" [6:31]
8. Bitter Chapters of Time [7:38]
9. Back to Cold Mountain [4:26]
10. Ada at the Well [3:22]
11. "My Name Is Ruby Thewes" [2:37]
12. "I'm a Man of God" [2:26]
13. Black Cove Catastrophe [2:11]
14. Ferry Crossing [4:04]
15. "You Never Wrapped Your Legs Around This Inman?" [4:06]
16. "The Tribes of Israel Are About to Flee!" [7:57]
17. Chain Gang [3:59]
18. "This World Won't Stand Long" [2:17]
19. "A Design for Each and Every One of Us" [4:11]
20. "Ruby With the Eyes That Sparkle" [5:20]
21. "Lie Here Next to Me" [6:46]
22. "Yankees Are Coming!" [11:02]
23. "A Cloud Over the Land" [5:24]
24. Lost and Found [8:30]
25. "I Marry You, I Marry You, I Marry You" [7:59]
26. "There Will Be a Reckoning" [7:32]
27. Making Peace With the Past [8:04]
28. End Credits [3:11]

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Cold Mountain 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES I HAVE SEEN IN QUITE SOME TIME. VERY WORTHWHILE. THERE ARE MAYBE 5 MINUTES CHILDREN SHOULD NOT SEE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was beautiful and amazing. One of my all-time favorite movies is Gone With the Wind and Cold Mountain is just as epic. The movie flows beautifully between Inman's struggles to return home and Ada's survival on her father's farm. The longing they feel for each other is the force that drives them to persevere. Inman's journey home to Ada and his trials and tribulations along the way reminded me of the Odyssey by Homer. I was shocked that Cold Mountain and Nicole Kidman weren't nominated for Best Picture and Best Actress. The cinematography and music were outstanding. I would also recommend the soundtrack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cold Mountain was one of the best movies of all time! I love the epic Gone With the Wind, and Cold Mountain had the same topic, the south, the civil war, the romance...it was amazing. The movie was so pure...a very moving movie, with an ending i will never forget! I was horrified when Nicole Kidman wasn't nominated or the movie wasn't nominated at the Oscars. It was certainly 10 times better than Lord of the Rings! I recommend this movie with all my heart!
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿Cold Mountain¿ portrays two women, Ada and Ruby, who start out as seemingly very different, but as the film continues, Ada and Ruby are shown as being similar and breaking stereotypes. Ada, first shown as a typical Southern belle during the Civil War is depicted as a picture of Southern wealth, etiquette, and beauty. In the first part of the movie, she is costumed in a stereotypical outfit for the time period. The camera is often focused on her face, framing her beauty as if in a picture. In considering John Berger essay on the ¿surveyor/surveyed¿ theory, I would name Ada at this point in the movie as the surveyed. According to the men and society around her, the surveyors, she is there to be viewed and admired, not to think and work. They surveyors do not consider that Ada is a real person, not just a pretty face and an example of true southern beauty. Later Ada is hosting a get together for her father, and follows in the traditions of southern hospitality to a tee. Following the death of her father and the loss of farm help, Ada again becomes another southern belle cliche. In many books and films about the Civil War, most of the women left on at home alone or with children are shown as incapable to run both a farm and a household. Ada at first lives up to this belief, dressing in her typical urban fashions and unsure of how to run the farm successfully. Ruby enters the film at this point, and is the exact opposite of a typical upright southern woman. She is dressed simply, speaks about whatever is on her mind, and isn¿t afraid to do hard labor. Putting Ruby and Ada together in the same frame creates a contrast between backwoods south and urban south at the time. Ruby helps Ada break free from her superficial world of southern beauty, and in turn Ada softens Ruby, allowing Ruby an emotional outlet. They run the farm successfully and gain strength to help neighbors and live on their own.. Again referring to the ¿surveyor/ surveyed¿ theory at this point Ruby and Ada are the surveyors, they are viewing the world as a task to take on and have abandoned all thoughts of the perfect southern woman. The film gives an insight into the world of southern women during the South, allowing the viewer to see past the stereotypes and find the true strength of the women who survived through theCivil War on their own. Ada realizes that she can survive on her own, and nothing is more important than love and frienship. Ruby learns she can let people into her emotional world and she won¿t get hurt as badly as she used to believe. The last few scenes show both women with their families. Again it frames Ruby and Ada together, but they have switched places to a certain extent. Ruby is now married with children and runs a household, whereas Ada is widowed and with a child but appears to be very involved with the farm and animals. I think this movie is an impressive story of finding oneself through heartache, war, and death. Both Ruby and Ada break out of their initial respective stereotypes and become real people to the audience. In doing so, the audience is completely drawn into the film, believing that these women are real and actually lived during the time period.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cold Mountain was quite a journey, which at times was dark, sad, brutal, with sprinkles of humor, hope, and romance.The movie had showed the consequences of leaving a war in progress from ( Jude Law as Inman ) point of view, and A sheltered woman ( Nicole Kidman as Ada ) learning to survive alone, after the death of her father, in a harsh world, with the unexpected help and friendship from a mountain woman ( Renee Zellwager as Ruby). I really enjoyed the performance of Jude Law as Inman. His journey was dangerous, yet like Ada's journey of self discovery, both had learned that they were stronger in spirit and soul. Their brief meeting and kiss was the foundation that kept their hope bright of seeing one another once again, in the future. In a way, their wanting to stay alive and be strong, is what kept both motivated and fighting for what they believed in, which was to eventually live in a peaceful community, with no fighting. I also thought Inman and Ada'a love making scene was the most precious moment in the movie. Their love making was fitting for a man and woman who deep down longed to be with one another, during such an unstable time in history, and they were finally able to express themselves in a loving manner, for two people who at first sight, had few words to say to one another. Jude Law gave a strong performance as Inman. The southern accent, the communication through his eyes without speaking, and the way Jude had protrayed Inman as a man who had carried himself with intelligence and good ethics....Jude did such a wonderful job throughout the entire movie. I had enjoyed watching Inman and his journey to get back to Ada. Cold Mountain is definately an interesting and well told journey of a movie, that is worth seeing, and I look forward to seeing the Dvd. I would like to hear from other Females, 24 years old and older, from around the world, who had enjoyed watching the Cold Mountain movie, or Are fans of movies, history, and travel. My name is Suzanne, and My e-mail address is: skywatcher171@yahoo.com No Spam and No Junk E-Mail, Please!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Between the fighting scenes and the love making and losing, this movie haunted me long after I saw it. The music contributed to the feeling of loss. A must see!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Recommended
Guest More than 1 year ago
do not buy this movie, it is no good, don't buy it, it will disappoint you
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you fell in love with Gone with the wind, like I did, you will be greatly disappointed in Cold Mountain. The sexuallity and the gory scenes of ugliness would not make me want to watch this movie a second time....I had a hard enough time watching it just once. The director also made the Northern troops look like they were all rapist and thieves. I was very surprised at how crummy the soundtrack was as well! Gone with the Wind had charm, beauty and the music was spectacular to hear. The characters taught me so many things with laughter and tears. This is truely what a movie should do, if it's a great one. And that is why you want to watch it over and over again. I'm sure Cold Mountain will only remain around for a short time and then disappear. It made me feel very empty and Cold!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS MOVIE IT WAS VERY IMFORMATIVE AND ROMANTIC, BUT ACTION INHANCED TOO. IT WAS THE PERFECT BALANCE BETWEEN THE TWO VERY DIFFERENT ASPECTS. THIS IS A VERY GOOD MOVIE AND I HIGHLY RECCOMMEND IT. ALTHOUGH, AT THE END, GRAB A TISSUE BOX. YOU MIGHT NEED IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this movie. It is love story but the guys will love the action scenes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anthony Minghella's tragedy of the weary soldier who only longs to be with his promised love. The theme is a variation on Homer's Odyssey where, after years of surviving the depravities of war, the hero-soldier undertakes a perilous journey home; reuniting with his loved one only after many trials and tribulations. Although the theme isn't new, the script properly grasps the attitudes and mannerisms of the time. The cinematography and editing is top knotch. Nicole Kidman plays Ada, a preacher's daughter who, in 1860, moves with her father to the rustic bliss of Cold Mountain, North Carolina. Ada falls in love with Inman (Jude Law) but, before their love can be consummated, Inman answers to the call of duty and joins the Confederate Army. Before he leaves, Ada promises to wait for his return and to marry him. By 1864, Inman is a broken man: shocked by the brutal realities of war and seeing no purpose to the carnage. He sees the Confederacy as doomed and, longing for Ada, resigns himself to deserting the army. He begins his long perilous journey from the frontlines to his home. In the meantime, things go from bad to worse in Cold Mountain and Ada is forced to hold the house on her own. Exploiting her fears that Inman may be dead, prospective suitors unwelcomingly court Ada. In the meantime, Ada welcomes a runaway girl named Ruby (Renée Zellweger)to help her with the farm's chores. The climax of the film rises as Inman comes closer to home. Sadly for both Ada and Inman, their reunion is bittersweet. Again, the story is a thematic variation from the Odyssey. The warrior-hero leaves to face the horrors of war and returns only after a long life-changing journey. The acting is great although I think Nicole Kidman was too well groomed for her role. Even if immaculate and beautiful, women of the 1860s didn't look as if they just came out of a Hollywood beauty salon: especially those who lived and worked in a rural setting. A great romantic tragedy that appeals to both men and women. I strongly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes,the acting in this movie was supurb,Renee Zellwager was so cute as Ruby,no one could've pulled it off better,she's so embraceable and adoreable. Nicole Kidman made a beautiful Ada,even though they critsize about her staying so pretty and fresh,I'm glad they kept her that way,because in all the dark backgrounds she glows,and you want to be able to see her pretty face. Jude Law was also someone you could feel for,his shyness and awkward nature,you couln't possibly dislike him as Inman,with his quiet voice and saddening face. The charactors really stood out. My favorite colorful charactor was Jack White from The White Stripes as Georgia,the musitian.I really fell in love with him!I was so happy to see White in this movie because I'm so in love with that man and his music!Very cute! I found the movie depressing,it made me sad and lingered in my head until it came out on DVD in June. It's a very good love story. Brilliant! They should make Rifles for Watie into a movie,it's a great book!My mom read it to me and ever since then I've read that book every summer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sorry to see the previous sad reviews. In my opinion this movie was great! The music may not have been a fancy orchestra, but it was true to the type of music of the times. As for war atrocity, as a Civil War student, I am well aware of the sad things that happened on BOTH sides. Performances by the actors and actresses were tops. Unlike Gone With The Wind, this movie was not romanticized.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was an extremely good movie. The costumes were fantastic. The scenery was breath taking. The actors were captivating. I would have loved a different ending, but I'm a romantic at heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really felt disappointed when I watched this movie after reading the book. In the book, there weren't quite so many sex scenes. I think the movie would have been great if the sex scenes had been eliminated and if the movie followed the book better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite movie of all time! One of the greatest Civil War masterpeaces, with an amazing plot, cast, and musical score. Nicole Kidman's acting was touching, beautiful, and my favorite. She plays a sheltered southern belle, who must survive the war at home, while waiting for her true love, Inman to return from the Civil War. Her acting is superb, and as a fan of her, her performance deserved an oscar and more notice. Jude Law plays Inman, a confederate soldier, that is found caught up in the glory of the civil war. Almost killed, Inman recieves a letter from Ada saying 'Come back to me, come back to me is my request.' Inman, although his heart is is broken from the war, fufills the dreams and wishes of the film, by waking up one early morning, climbing out a window, and beginning a long treck back to his love Ada. Jude Law's preformance was fantastic, one of his best. He definitly deserved an oscar! And last but not least, Renee Zellweger plays Ruby, a strong, southern, work girl, who teaches the ways of farming and life to Ada, while waking her out of her dream. Renee's performance was very good, and brought much beauty and humor to the film. She deserved her oscar! The directing of the Film by Anthony Minghella was amazing, and his masterpiece deserved the Best Picture award. Over all, the acting, scenery, the music, and the story, creates a great epic movie, that deserves so much! This film should have been nominated for the oscars, it is definitly 10 times better then Lord of the Rings. I recommend this film, and hope one day I can be in a film like this! Go buy or watch it now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Upon first glance, this movie would seem like a complete guy flick. Full of testosterone, action and fights. In all honesty, however, I loved it to. It's also the story of the human spirit, and the struggle of being a teenager. It almost made me wish I was a guy again, just to share in that laid back comraderie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Niccole is at her best..with the best role....this i a movie all you guys in love should watch...go get it..NOW!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
amazing, i was sucked into the movie within the first few minutes of the film. costumes, actors, and sets were perfect and the story was beautiful. being a hopless romantic, i have to say the conclusion dissapointed me. although i suppose it just added to the feeling of reality. aside from the rather gloomy ending, i could imagine no other way to make this film any better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brilliant Cast. Remarkable job with putting pieces together. Great love story for any one of any age. I'd recommend this to anyone. Location of the movie was just beautiful. Hardships that the character's over come was tough. Great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't get me wrong... I liked this movie a lot. But there is one glaring problem that keeps it from getting five stars from me. Nicole Kidman is seriously miscast in the female lead. I think sometimes Hollywood producers will go for the big name star, whether he or she fits the part or not. They figure that a star like Nicole Kidman will sell a definite number of tickets on her name recognition alone. With all the painstaking attention to detail in this movie, it seems like Kidman's inability to fit the role is even more glaring... its the old "trying to fit a square peg into a round hole" deal in my opinion. I'd rather a see a lesser known actress who is convincing as a southern woman, than a big name star who struggles to pull it off. The only other negative is that I felt the pre-war town life in Cold Mountain was a little hoakey and unrealistic. Now on to the good stuff... a Civil War buff can really appreciate the realistic protrayal of a southern soldier's stuggles here - from the fighting, to the decision to desert, to the ultimate "walk" home. The siege of Petersburg is brilliant. Did you catch Grant apprehensively peering out before the explosives were set off in the tunnel under the rebels? I thought the entire journey home through NC was really great. You really get a flavor for the hardship and suffering inflicted on rural North Carolinians during that time. The conflict between the duty to keep fighting and the desire to go home (at the risk of being hung) is very strong here. Finally, I agree that Zellweger, as Ruby Tues, gave an Oscar worthy performance. As a North Carolina mountains native, she just seemed like someone I know. It's not Gone With the Wind, but it's worth watching
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cold Mountain is the movie that gave me hope for the Hollywood film again. Jude Law, Zelwegger, and Nicole Kidman round out a fabulous love story with convincing portrayls of the time and passions of that time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie shows what it was like back in that time period. It also shows how soldiers felt during the war. I liked it alot! It shows a journey of a man wholeft a lady he liked and whent to fight for the confederacy, and now after the war he travels back to her,with yankee calvaries chasing him and differnt people helping him, its a great movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cold Mountain is a historical movie about the civil war. In this movie, after months of war, a confederate soldier Inman is trying to return to his lover Ada. Ada is a young southern bell trying to help out around her father's farm. After her father's death, she is force to run the farm alone with little experience. Meanwhile, Inman is facing his fair share of crazy people while trying to run away from war. One person he meets on his journey back to Cold Mountain is a Reverend named Veasey. When Inman meets him, the drunk Reverend is trying to kill a black girl that he got pregnant. Veasey ends up meeting up with Inman later in the story and together to try to escape to freedom. Back in Cold Mountain, a tomboy Ruby comes to stay at the farm and help Ada. The two form a remarkable friendship that stays strong throughout the movie. Inman continues to meet up with some strange characters including a widow and her baby, a man and his drunk and prostitute "women" and a chain gang. All the while, the homeguards trying to find runaways from war are seaching for Inman. Although all seems hopeless, Ada continues to wait for her sweetheart. After years of battling himself and nature Inman gets the encourage he needs from a wise elder to make it home. When he finally returns home, him and Ada spend his last night together. The next morning, the homeguard finally kills Inman. In the future, you see Ada and Ruby living happily on their farm. The movie ends with Ada and her daughter, who was fathered by Inman. Cold Mountain is a great way to learn about the social aspect of the civil war and i highly recomend it to anyone.