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Directed by: Ang Lee

Produced: 2005

Countries & Regions: United States

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Certificate: 15

Studio: Entertainment in Video

Length: 128 mins

Format: DVD

Region: Region 2

Released: 24 April 2006

Cat No: EDV9377

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Languages(s): English
Subtitles: English
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Brokeback Mountain

Cast: Randy Quaid , Jake Gyllenhaal , Heath Ledger , Michelle Williams , Anne Hathaway , David Harbour , Scott Michael Campbell , Linda Cardellini , Graham Beckel , Valerie Planche

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Drama from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. Set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas, the film tells the story of two young men - a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy - who meet in the summer of 1963, and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys, and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love. Both young men seem certain of their set places in the heartland, obtaining steady work, marrying, and raising a family. Yet, they both hunger for something beyond what they can articulate. When Aguirre (Randy Quaid) dispatches them to work as sheepherders up on the majestic Brokeback Mountain, they gravitate towards camaraderie and then a deeper intimacy. Lee won a Best Director Academy Award.

It's hard to think of a film in recent memory that has received as much universal acclaim as Brokeback Mountain. Here is a film that has astonished cinemagoers, winning almost every film award going (except, famously, the Best Picture Oscar) and topping Sight & Sound's poll of the best films of the year. Fortunately, the film completely justifies the hype; this is a film to be watched many times.

Based on Annie Proulx's novella, it tells the saga of the relationship between two cowboys, Ennis and Jack (Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal), who, to their mutual surprise, fall in love whilst tending sheep on Brokeback Mountain. Their love is thwarted by contemporary attitudes towards homosexuality (the action begins in 1963), and by Ennis' engagement to Alma (Michelle Williams). A few years later, however, Jack sends Ennis a postcard suggesting they re-ignite their relationship.

Brokeback Mountain's script is one of its highest assets; although its characters are uneducated and unable to articulate the forbidden passion they are experiencing, many of the lines achieve an elegiac profundity, as when Jack rues: "There ain't never enough time, never enough..". Gustavo Santaolalla's Oscar-winning guitar score beautifully compliments the action, softly evoking the slow-burning affection at the film's start before gradually amplifying as love takes over. Ang Lee, one of the great directors currently at work, never allows the emotional content to tip over into melodrama - the affecting moment when Alma discovers the affair is a masterclass in understatement. Lee's direction of his actors is particularly impressive, never less so than when Ledger delivers the film's last, enigmatic line: "Jack, I swear.."

It's hard to think of a film in recent memory that has received as much universal acclaim as Brokeback Mountain. Here is a film that has astonished cinemagoers, winning almost every film award going (except, famously, the Best Picture Oscar) and topping Sight & Sound's poll of the best films of the year. Fortunately, the film completely justifies the hype; this is a film to be watched many times.

Based on Annie Proulx's novella, it tells the saga of the relationship between two cowboys, Ennis and Jack (Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal), who, to their mutual surprise, fall in love whilst tending sheep on Brokeback Mountain. Their love is thwarted by contemporary attitudes towards homosexuality (the action begins in 1963), and by Ennis' engagement to Alma (Michelle Williams). A few years later, however, Jack sends Ennis a postcard suggesting they re-ignite their relationship.

Brokeback Mountain's script is one of its highest assets; although its characters are uneducated and unable to articulate the forbidden passion they are experiencing, many of the lines achieve an elegiac profundity, as when Jack rues: "There ain't never enough time, never enough..". Gustavo Santaolalla's Oscar-winning guitar score beautifully compliments the action, softly evoking the slow-burning affection at the film's start before gradually amplifying as love takes over. Ang Lee, one of the great directors currently at work, never allows the emotional content to tip over into melodrama - the affecting moment when Alma discovers the affair is a masterclass in understatement. Lee's direction of his actors is particularly impressive, never less so than when Ledger delivers the film's last, enigmatic line: "Jack, I swear.."

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