Brokeback Mountain

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Product Overview

This 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.

Specifications

Studio Universal Home Video
SKU 203366244
UPC 025193235527
UPC 14 00025193235527
Format DVD
Release Date 1/23/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Cast & Crew
Ang Lee - Director
Anna Faris - Actor
Anne Hathaway - Actor
David Trimble - Actor
Diana Ossana - Screenplay
Diana Ossana - Producer
Dylan Tichenor - Editor
Geraldine Peroni - Editor
Heath Ledger - Actor
Jake Gyllenhaal - Actor
James Schamus - Producer
Larry McMurtry - Screenplay
Linda Cardellini - Actor
Michelle Williams - Actor
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Original Music By
Randy Quaid - Actor
Rodrigo Prieto - Cinematographer
Awards
Winner (2006) British Academy Awards, Diana Ossana, James Schamus, Best Film,British Academy Awards, Jake Gyllenhaal, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role,Golden Globe, Brokeback Mountain, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Independent Spirit, James Schamus, Diana Ossana, Best Feature,MTV Award, Jake Gyllenhaal, Best Performance,Oscar, Ang Lee, Best Achievement in Directing,Oscar, Gustavo Santaolalla, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score,Oscar, Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
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
Reviews
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."
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Variety
Review [Brokeback] That most chameleonlike of directors, Ang Lee, pulls off yet another surprising left turn in "Brokeback Mountain." An achingly sad tale of two damaged souls whose intimate connection across many years cannot ever be properly resolved, this ostensible gay Western is marked by a heightened degree of sensitivity and tact, as well as an outstanding performance from Heath Ledger...The beautiful, rugged locations, which would have roused Anthony Mann, are majestically captured by lenser Rodrigo Prieto.
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Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 9
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.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Collector's Edition, Rated R, Widescreen, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Spanish
Quotes
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.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...unmissable and unforgettable...a landmark film and a triumph for Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Jami Bernard, New York Daily News Gently unfolds into an epic, heartbreaking love story that's far greater than the sum of its parts.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly ...a modern-age Western that turns into a quietly revolutionary love story.

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