Thursday, January 3, 2013

Brokeback Mountain

2005 American/Canadian Feature

Cast: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Randy Quaid, Linda Cardellini, Kate Mara, David Harbou and Anna Faris
Director: Ang Lee
Writers: Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, based on the short story by Annie Proulx

Two young men, a ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy, meet in the summer of 1963 sheepherding in the harsh, high grasslands of Wyoming and form an unorthodox yet life-long bond, by turns ecstatic, bitter and conflicted.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 87% / Audience: 77%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 87% / Audience: 8.2%
  • OMG rating: 10/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Books: Available


  • Academy Awards for Best Director, Adapted Screenplay and Original Score; also nominated for Best Picture, Actor (Ledger), Supporting Actor (Gyllenhaal), Supporting Actress (Williams) and Cinematography.
  • AFI Award, Movies of the Year.
  • BAFTA Awards for Best Film, Director, Supporting Actor (Gyllenhaal) and Adapted Screenplay; also nominated for Best Actor (Ledger), Supporting Actress (Williams), Cinematography, Editing and Film Music.
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for Best Picture, Director and Supporting Actress (Williams); also nominated for Best Actor (Ledger), Supporting Actor (Gyllenhaal), Writer, Composer and Song ("A Love That Will Never Grow Old").
  • Casting Society of America Award for Best Feature Film Casting - Drama.
  • Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.
  • GLAAD Media Award, Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture - Drama, Director, Screenplay and Original Song ("A Love That Will Never Grow Old"); also nominated for Best Actor - Drama (Ledger), Supporting Actress (Williams) and Original Score.
  • Grammy Award nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album.
  • Independent Spirit Awards for Best Feature and Director; also nominated for Male Lead (Ledger) and Supporting Female (Williams).
  • International Cinephile Society Awards for Best Picture, Actor (Ledger), Supporting Actor (Gyllenhaal) and Adapted Screenplay.
  • London Critics Circle Awards for Film of the Year and Director of the Year.
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards for Best Picture and Director.
  • National Board of Review Awards for Best Director and Supporting Actor (Gyllenhaal).
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Film, Director and Actor (Ledger).
  • Online Film Critics Society Awards for Adapted Screenplay and Original Score.
  • Producers Guild of America Award for Best Picture.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actor (Ledger), Supporting Actor (Gyllenhaal), Supporting Actress (Williams) and Cast.
  • Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Award.
  • Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
  • World Soundtrack Public Choice Award.

  • Annie Proulx's short story was originally published in The New Yorker in 1997, and was subsequently published in a slightly expanded version in Proulx's 1999 collection of short stories, Close Range: Wyoming Stories.
  • Casting Call: Ben Affleck, Billy Crudup, Matt Damon, Colin Farrell, Joseph Fiennes, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Hartnett, Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg.
  • Potential Directors: Joel Schumacher and Gus Van Sant.
  • Director Ang Lee gave Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal copies of Will Fellows' book Farm Boys: Lives of Gay Men from the Rural Midwest as a reference source.
  • The film's cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto has a cameo as the Mexican hustler.
  • The poster for the film was deliberately styled to resemble another romantic epic, James Cameron's Titanic.
  • During its first weekend of release (playing in only five US theaters), Brokeback Mountain set a record for the highest per-screen gross of any non-animated movie in history. According to producer James Schamus, the movie cost so little to make that it recouped its cost during that first week of limited release.
  • Nominated for eight Academy Awards, more nominations than any other film in 2005.
  • The first film to be released on DVD and as a digital download on the same day.
  • The iconic shirts in the film were sold on eBay in 2006 for $101,100. The buyer, film historian and collector Tom Gregory, called them "the ruby slippers of our time" and intends never to separate them.
  • The film inspired the book Beyond Brokeback: The Impact of a Film, a collection of stories selected from contributions to an online forum dedicated to both the book and the film. Published in 2007, the author is listed as "Members of the Ultimate Brokeback Forum". It was adapted into a stage production in 2010.
  • At the end of the 2000s, Brokeback Mountain was on many critics' and publications' "Best of the Decade" lists, including Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, The London Times, Time Out New York and The London Telegraph.
  • An opera adaptation of Brokeback Mountain, with a libretto by original author Annie Proulx and score by Charles Wuorinen, premiered in Madrid, Spain in 2014.

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