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Brokeback Mountain (2005)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ennis Del Mar
... Jack Twist
... Joe Aguirre
... Waitress
... Basque (as David Trimble)
Victor Reyes ... Chilean Sheepherder #1
Lachlan Mackintosh ... Chilean Sheepherder #2
... Alma
Larry Reese ... Jolly Minister
Marty Antonini ... Timmy
... Rodeo Clown
... Bartender #1
Don Bland ... Biker #1
... Biker #2
... Lureen Newsome
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Storyline

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

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Drama | Romance

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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

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$547,425, 11 December 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$83,043,761

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$178,062,759
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Trivia

Writer Annie Proulx sent both Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger an original, autographed copy of her story. When she signed the copy to Jake she wrote "To Jake..." but when she signed the copy she had intended to give to Heath she signed it "To Ennis". After writing out her personal message, she realized what she had done, and decided to let it be. At a private screening at Arclight in Hollywood, California, she reflected that Heath Ledger really was Ennis. She left the signed copy that way, because she had felt the actor embodied Ennis in every way she had imagined him. See more »

Goofs

The first reunion of Jack and Ennis is on 24th September 1967. On the next day 25th, they went onto the mountains and at that night there was a full moon. However, the full moon of September 1967 should be at 18th day, not 24th or 25th. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack Twist: [kicks the cargo box of his old car] Shit.
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Connections

Referenced in Trading Spaces: Cast Gone Wild (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

I Love Doing Texas With You
Written by Tom Wesselmann
Performed by Kevin Trainor
Courtesy of ACM Records
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Don't Assume....
29 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Before seeing the movie I had dubbed the film as 'the gay cowboy movie' but now i've seen it I feel so guilty for doing so. The film is one of the most beautiful films ever made and Ang Lee was the perfect director for the movie. As he was so into minor details this really helped the film show the meaning of what the film was actually about. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal played the parts of Ennis and Jack fantastically. The film really hits you in the heart, especially if you've ever been in love. At the emotional peak of the movie I was brought to tears and I couldn't get the film out of my head for at least a few days! I would recommend the film for anyone. A truly magical film. 10/10


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