Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

4.2 36
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 RubySee more details below


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.
All Movie Guide
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.

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Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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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

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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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