Brokeback Mountain

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Brokeback Mountain is a sweeping epic that explores the lives of two young men, a ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy, who meet in the summer of 1963 and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection. The complications, joys and heartbreak they experience provide a testament to the endurance and power of love. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal deliver emotionally charged, remarkably moving performances in “a movie that is destined to become one of the great classics of our time” (Clay Smith, The Insider).


Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 202377151
UPC 025192631528
UPC 14 00025192631528
Format DVD
Release Date 9/4/2007
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Based on the short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author E. Annie Proulx, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN is the tragic and moving story of two cowboys who unexpectedly fall in love while working together one summer in 1963. When the film begins, rodeo cowboy Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and ranch-hand Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) are strangers meeting for the first time. As the more outgoing one, it is Jack who must initiate a friendship with Ennis, a man so tight-lipped and self-consciously macho he refuses all facial expression. From this strained beginning, Jack and Ennis gradually begin to bond on cold, lonely nights over a fire in the mountains of Signal, Wyoming. One particularly chilly evening, Jack invites Ennis into his tent, where a sudden awkward embrace sends their relationship in a new direction. Though each man stubbornly defends his heterosexuality, the spark between them cannot help but grow, with that initial summer on Brokeback Mountain becoming their reference point for happiness during the rest of their lives.^Spanning 20 years, the film moves at an impressively slow pace that really captures the detailed and unhurried style of Proulx's story. Seeing each other a few times a year at best, Ennis and Jack spend the rest of their time halfheartedly living up to society's expectations by marrying and having kids. When the lovers do meet, there is a sense of love so palpable and frustrating it often manifests itself in physical violence. Gyllenhaal shines as the film's hopeful light, and Ledger gives a powerful performance as the emotionally blocked Ennis. Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee captures the natural beauty of Wyoming and Texas with camerawork that, while beautiful, never feels imposing. Gustavo Santaolalla's simple yet haunting score helps to complete a beautiful portrait of wasted chances and regret.
Film Comment "[I]mmaculately made...with career-making performances by its two reluctant lovers, Gyllenhaal and Ledger....Count them both in at nomination time." 11/01/2005 p.71-72
Premiere 4 stars out of 4 -- "[O]ne of the truly convincing movies about romantic love to come along in years..." 12/01/2005 p.52-56
Entertainment Weekly "BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN is that rare thing, a big Hollywood weeper with a beautiful ache at its center. It's a modern-age Western that turns into a quietly revolutionary love story." -- Grade: A 12/09/2005 p.59-60,Included in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Films Of The Year -- "[A] quietly revolutionary weeper..." 12/30/2005 p.114
Rolling Stone 4 stars out of 5 -- "Ang Lee's unmissable and unforgettable BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN hits you like a shot in the heart. It's a landmark film and a triumph for Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal..." 12/15/2005 p.161
Uncut "[I]t's a nuanced and complex study of desire, loneliness and the ambiguities swirling beneath the accepted codes of rural life. And, as such, one of the finest movies of the year." 01/01/2006 p.128-129,Ranked #11 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "A beautiful, elegant, elegiac movie, directed with great sensitivity and enhanced by outstanding performances." 01/01/2006 p.82-83
New York Times "The lonesome chill that seeps through Ang Lee's epic western, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN is as bone deep as the movie's heartbreaking story..." 12/09/2005 p.E1
USA Today "It's a heart-wrenching portrayal of unfulfilled Wyoming love....The movie soars for the duration..." 12/09/2005 p.4E
Sight and Sound "[T]he screenplay is a model of sensitive adaptation....The screenwriters' most significant contribution is their investment in well-defined, plausible female characters." 01/01/2006 p.50
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] beautiful movie....The wide-open spaces of Wyoming, with its jagged, snow-dipped peaks and too-puffy-to-be-true cloud formations, linger long after the credits have faded. There's also a fragile, internalised beauty..." 07/01/2006 p.116
Widescreen Review "Stellar performances, a haunting Oscar-winning soundtrack, and beautiful cinematography make for an unforgettable story." 05/01/2006 p.65
Wall Street Journal "Mr. Gyllenhaal's Jack is a mercurial mix of plain, poetic and practical. Mr. Ledger's Ennis is touchingly bleak, and self-contained..." 05/28/2010
Ang Lee
Anne Hathaway
Michelle Williams
Anna Faris
Linda Cardellini
Cast & Crew
Anne Hathaway - Star
Michelle Williams - Star
Randy Quaid - Star
Anna Faris - Star
Valerie Planche - Star
Linda Cardellini - Star
Heath Ledger - Star
Jake Gyllenhaal - Star
Rodrigo Prieto - Director of Photography
Geraldine Peroni - Editor
Dylan Tichenor - Editor
E. Annie Proulx - Source Writer
James Schamus - Producer
Judy Becker - Production Designer
Larry McMurtry - Screenwriter
Diana Ossana - Producer
Marit Allen - Costume Designer
Diana Ossana - Screenwriter
Gustavo Santaolalla - Composer
Ang Lee - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 62026315
UPC 00025192631528
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 134 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Oscar (2006) Ang Lee, Winner, Best Achievement in Directing,Gustavo Santaolalla, Winner, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score,Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana, Winner, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
British Academy Awards (2006) Ang Lee, Winner, David Lean Award for Direction,Diana Ossana, James Schamus, Winner, Best Film,Jake Gyllenhaal, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role,Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana, Winner, Best Screenplay - Adapted
Golden Globe (2006) Ang Lee, Winner, Best Director - Motion Picture,Brokeback Mountain, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Gustavo Santaolalla, Bernie Taupin ("A Love That Will Never Grow Old"), Winner, Best Original Song - Motion Picture,Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana, Winner, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Venice Film Festival (2005) Ang Lee, Winner, Golden Lion Award
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Longing is such a potent element of the human experience that it has formed the fabric of numerous stirring motion pictures. Brokeback Mountain is one such movie - a tale of love and loss, of unrealized dreams, and of lives wasted by denying passion and accepting convention. The primary difference between Brokeback Mountain and say, for example, Clint Eastwood's The Bridges of Madison County, is that in Ang Lee's picture, the central relationship is between two men. And this isn't a platonic friendship. These men are as intimately involved as two lovers can be...Although the tale is well developed, and there is great emotional resonance in the push-and-pull between the characters and their world, Brokeback Mountain doesn't break new ground, except that this story has not previously been told (at least not in a major motion picture) with the gay spin. The sexuality of the characters is deliberately left ambiguous. Ennis would seem to be a mostly heterosexual individual who loses himself in a moment of passion with another man, who subsequently comes to dominate his thoughts. Jack, on the other hand, is at least bi-sexual, with a likely preference of men over women (despite his assertion that he's "not queer")...The film is based on a short story by Annie Proulx, and has been adapted for the screen by Diana Ossana and Lonesome Dove's Larry McMurtry. Brokeback Mountain isn't for everyone, but for those who are not bothered by the homosexual relationship, it offers a study in yearning, love, and loss. It didn't affect me as deeply as either The Bridges of Madison County or The Remains of the Day (both of which offer similar themes in different settings), but it evokes some of the same feelings. It's a brave and affecting effort from a director from whom we have come to expect worthwhile things.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Ennis tells Jack about something he saw as a boy. "There were two old guys shacked up together. They were the joke of the town, even though they were pretty tough old birds." One day they were found beaten to death. Ennis says: "My dad, he made sure me and my brother saw it. For all I know, he did it"...This childhood memory is always there, the ghost in the room, in Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain." When he was taught by his father to hate homosexuals, Ennis was taught to hate his own feelings. Years after he first makes love with Jack on a Wyoming mountainside, after his marriage has failed, after his world has compressed to a mobile home, the laundromat, the TV, he still feels the same pain: "Why don't you let me be? It's because of you, Jack, that I'm like this -- nothing, and nobody"..."Brokeback Mountain" could tell its story and not necessarily be a great movie. It could be a melodrama. It could be a "gay cowboy movie." But the filmmakers have focused so intently and with such feeling on Jack and Ennis that the movie is as observant as work by Bergman...Ang Lee is a director whose films are set in many nations and many times. What they have in common is an instinctive sympathy for the characters. Born in Taiwan, he makes movies about Americans, British, Chinese, straights, gays; his sci-fi movie "Hulk" was about a misunderstood outsider. Here Lee respects the entire arc of his story, right down to the lonely conclusion...A closing scene involving a visit by Ennis to Jack's parents is heartbreaking in what is said, and not said, about their world. A look around Jack's childhood bedroom suggests what he overcame to make room for his feelings. What we cannot be sure is this: In the flashback, are we witnessing what really happened, or how Ennis sees it in his imagination? Ennis, whose father "made sure me and my brother saw it."
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1); Dolby Surround Sound, English, Spanish, French Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Ledger,Heath
Label Mca Home Video
Video Format DVD
Jami Bernard, New York Daily News Gently unfolds into an epic, heartbreaking love story that's far greater than the sum of its parts.
Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer An experience as tender and troubling as any you're likely to get...
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle Carries a lot of emotional power.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly ...a modern-age Western that turns into a quietly revolutionary love story.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...unmissable and unforgettable...a landmark film and a triumph for Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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