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Brokeback Mountain

Release Date: 2005

DVD Release Date: April 4th, 2006

R |2 hr 14 min

Plot Summary

In 1963, rodeo cowboy Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and ranch hand Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) are hired by rancher Joe Aguirre (Randy Quaid) as sheep herders in Wyoming. One night on Brokeback Mountain, Jack makes a drunken pass at Ennis that is eventually reciprocated. Though Ennis marries his longtime sweetheart, Alma (Michelle Williams), and Jack marries a fellow rodeo rider (Anne Hathaway), the two men keep up their tortured and sporadic affair over the course of 20 years.

Cast: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Linda Cardellini, Anna Faris, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, Randy Quaid, Graham Beckel

Director: Ang Lee

Genres: Drama, Romance

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Focus Features

Keywords: 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, Forbidden love, Wife, Emotional, Love, Moving, Marriage

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Brokeback Mountain has been described as "a gay cowboy movie," which is a cruel simplification. It is the story of a time and place where two men are forced to deny the only great passion either one will ever feel. Their tragedy is universal. show more

  • 100
    Ray BennettThe Hollywood Reporter

    Anne Proulx's 1997 short story in the New Yorker has been masterfully expanded by screenwriters Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana to provide director Lee with his best movie since "Sense and Sensibility" in 1995. show more

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    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. show more

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Awards

Winner Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Winner Directing
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Winner Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Music (Original Score)
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006)
Winner Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006)
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Winner Actor in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Nominated Best Foreign Film
Amandaprisen (2006)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2006)
Winner Golden Lion for best movie
Mostra del Cinema di Venezia (2005)
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture