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Brokeback Mountain (2005)

R | | Drama | 13 January 2006 (USA)
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The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys, and their lives over the years.



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Won 3 Oscars. Another 138 wins & 128 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Basque (as David Trimble)
Victor Reyes ...
Chilean Sheepherder #1
Lachlan Mackintosh ...
Chilean Sheepherder #2
Larry Reese ...
Marty Antonini ...
Rodeo Clown
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Don Bland ...


Two young men, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, meet when they get a job as sheep herders on Brokeback Mountain. They are at first strangers, then they become friends. Throughout the weeks, they grow closer as they learn more about each other. One night, after some heavy drinking, they find a deeper connection. They then indulge in a blissful romance for the rest of the summer. Unable to deal with their feelings for each other, they part ways at the end of the summer. Four years go by, and they each settle down, Ennis in Wyoming with his wife and two girls, and Jack in Texas with his wife and son. Still longing for each other, they meet back up, and are faced with the fact that they need each other. They undeniably need each other, and unsure of what to do, they start a series of "fishing trips", in order to spend time together. The relationship struggles on for years until tragedy strikes. Written by maisie stewart

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Love Is A Force Of Nature



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 January 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Secreto en la montaña  »

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Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$547,425, 11 December 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Ang Lee gave Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal copies of the book, "Farm Boys: Lives of Gay Men from the Rural Midwest", by Will Fellows, a book that had been mentioned by both Annie Proulx and Diana Ossana as an excellent reference source, to help them understand their characters. Noting what he learned from his reading, Gyllenhaal said, "I don't think that these two characters even know what gay is." See more »


On the mountain in 1963, Jack is looking at the moon and smoking a cigarette with the American Spirit logo printed on it. This company was founded in 1982. See more »


[first lines]
Jack Twist: [kicks the cargo box of his old car] Shit.
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Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
Performed by Casey Smith, Darrell Croft, Lloyd Pollock, Peter Orr and Ken Hart
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18 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

I honestly didn't believe that a film could ever touch me the way that this did, ever since it first come out I wanted to see it, but I thought that it would be.. Just a gay cowboy movie but it is so much more. It made me laugh, cry, smile and gasp. I never once believed that it could be as good as everyone said it was but it was and more. I have watched it 4 times already and I still cry. It is about two men that set of into brokeback mountain herding sheep, at the start they barely talked but after a drunken night, Ennis decides to stay on camp rather than go back up with the sheep, he starts of sleeping outside but as the night gets cold he sleeps in the tent with Jack, the two men have a brief but intense sexual encounter which is the start to a long heartbreaking sexual and emotional relationship. Both men get married but after 4 years Jack gets in touch with Ennis and the pair meet up, their love is once again rekindled and the pair spend time together back up in Brokeback. I don't wish to spoil the ending for those of you have not yet watched it, but let me warn you that tissues should be at the ready This movie is one that I truly truly recommend I can't wait to see it again.

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