Brokeback Mountain

December 16th, 2005

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Brokeback Mountain

Ang Lee in Brokeback MountainAng Lee, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback MountainAng Lee at event of Brokeback MountainStill of Michelle Williams in Brokeback MountainStill of Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback MountainAng Lee and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 7.7/10 (146,002 voted)

Critic's Score: 87/100

Director: Ang Lee

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams

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

Writers: Annie Proulx, Larry McMurtry

Heath Ledger - Ennis Del Mar
Jake Gyllenhaal - Jack Twist
Randy Quaid - Joe Aguirre
Valerie Planche - Waitress
David Trimble - Basque
Victor Reyes - Chilean Sheepherder #1
Lachlan Mackintosh - Chilean Sheepherder #2
Michelle Williams - Alma
Larry Reese - Jolly Minister
Marty Antonini - Timmy
Tom Carey - Rodeo Clown
Dan McDougall - Bartender #1
Don Bland - Biker #1
Steven Cree Molison - Biker #2
Anne Hathaway - Lureen Newsome

Taglines: Love Is A Force Of Nature


Official Website: Europa Filmes [Brazil] | Official site [Taiwan] |

Release Date: 16 December 2005

Filming Locations: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $547,425 (USA) (11 December 2005) (5 Screens)

Gross: $83,025,853 (USA) (16 April 2006)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Michelle Williams requested that her two male leads kiss in front of her to help her get to the right emotional place for her character, Alma. As she was involved with Ledger in real life, too, she felt that such a thing would help with her portrayal. She had to goad both men as their first few attempts were far too half-hearted for her liking.

Anachronisms: During the scene in the supermarket where Alma works in the 1960s, plastic cranberry juice bottles with yellow, plastic twist lids on a shelf are visible behind Ennis' head. These bottles would have been glass until the early 1990's.

[first lines]
Joe Aguirre: You pair of deuces lookin' for work, I suggest you get your scrawny asses in here pronto.

User Review

Two Men In Love at the Venice Film Festival

Rating: 10/10

It was a real ordeal to get into the screening. The anticipation was palpable. The film arrived surrounded by a plethora of innuendo. "A gay western" "Heath and Jake's hot scenes" As soon as the film started every imaginable preconception flew out of the auditorium. This is a remarkable, moving and powerful love story. The setting is that of a modern western "The Last Picture Show" comes to mind. Ang Lee's attention to detail verges on science fiction. You can actually smell the place. Extraordinary. I'm not going to reveal anything about the story - Gian Luigi Rondi a legendary Italian film critic, revealed the ending to a television audience, what was he thinking?! - The film will be enjoyed much more allowing the story to unfold without having passages underlined and attention drawn to this or that particular. I felt compelled to write this comment because I'm overwhelmed. It has changed my perception, I must confess, about certain aspect of same sex love because I didn't think of same sex when I was watching it, I saw two human beings (amazing performances by both actors)I have the feeling "Brokeback Mountain" will make history, deservedly so.

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