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Running Time:
2 hours, 14 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for sexuality, nudity, language and some violence.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
An emotionally powerful and unforgettable story of forbidden love told with taste and intelligence by director Ang Lee, with Heath Ledger giving one of the best performances of the year.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Directing from the heart: Ang Lee; Sharing the story: the making of Brokeback Mountain; From script to screen: interviews with Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana; And more!

Brokeback Mountain
Based on a short story by Annie Proulx, with a screenplay by Larry McMurtry ("Lonesome Dove") and Diana Ossana ("Johnson County War"), "Brokeback Mountain" takes place in Wyoming in 1963. Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) meet when they are both hired by a local rancher (Randy Quaid) to be sheepherders on Brokeback Mountain. One of them must camp out with the sheep, watching over them and protecting them from coyotes, while the other tends to their campsite on the mountain. Although they've come from very different backgrounds, fishing, drinking and enjoying each other's company solidifies their relationship over many weeks in this isolated place. As the weather turns colder, with snow coming, and while passing around the Jack Daniels, Ennis passes out at the campsite before getting back to the sheep. Inviting him into the warm tent for the night, Jack lends Ennis his blanket. In a flurry of brutal, guilty and violent passion, the two find themselves making love. Ennis and Jack, who've been raised in a world where to be "queer" is not to be a man (and is therefore unthinkable), can't grasp the feeling that's come over them because they literally don't have the words for it. Unsure of their situation, the two part at the end of the summer and go on to lead their separate lives. Ennis marries his sweetheart Alma (Michelle Williams), with whom he has two daughters, but struggles to make a living. Jack, in Texas, meets rodeo queen Lureen Newsome (Anne Hathaway), while trying to establish himself as a rider. He and Lureen marry and raise a son, and Jack eventually goes into her father's business. Four years pass before Ennis and Jack see each other again but when the do reunite, they begin going on fishing trips where they try to recapture that first memorable summer and never do catch any fish. What they find they have is a connection they can barely mention. They've fallen in love without quite realizing it's happened. Their secrecy and repression make their lives difficult, if not unbearable, but they do manage to go on. Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger each do spectacular work bringing life to these troubled cowboys. Ledger is especially fine playing his character with an almost wordless, halting, gruff demeanor. He'll be on the short list of best actors in this year's awards races. It was incredibly daring, for each of them to even take these roles. But it will never hurt their careers. It just allows us to see what fine young actors they really are. This revolutionary love story has been greatly enhanced by the cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto (21 Grams) who's captured the glorious western landscape with its exquisite beauty, and by the quiet direction of Ang Lee ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" & "Ice Storm"). This film can’t be called a "gay film" because it's too honest and affectionate and there's very little sex. It's just a magnificent modern-age Western.

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