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Cold Mountain (2003)



Critic Consensus: The well-crafted Cold Mountain has an epic sweep and captures the horror and brutal hardship of war.

Movie Info

Inman, a Civil War Confederate soldier, is seriously wounded in battle before heading home to North Carolina to his pre-war beloved, Ada. In his absence, Ada--with the help of a young drifter named Ruby--is desperately trying to hold onto the farm of her deceased missionary father. Inman's long journey home takes him through the crumbling confederacy, as he meets people of all walks of life who want to both aid and hinder his mission.more
Rating: R (for violence and sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Anthony Minghella
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 29, 2004
Miramax Films - Official Site


Nicole Kidman
as Ada Monroe
Jude Law
as Inman
Renée Zellweger
as Ruby Thewes
Donald Sutherland
as Reverend Monroe
Kathy Baker
as Sally Swanger
James Gammon
as Esco Swanger
Jack White
as Georgia
Jena Malone
as Ferry Girl
Jay Tavare
as Swimmer
Tom Aldredge
as Blind Man
Jen Apgar
as Dolly
Robin Mullins
as Mrs. Castlereagh
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News & Interviews for Cold Mountain

Critic Reviews for Cold Mountain

All Critics (226) | Top Critics (45)

If the love story is asked to carry more weight than it can bare, at least this is a film of rich measure and ambition.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Excellent but upsetting, only for older teens.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

There are minor merits. mostly handsome production values, to Mingehlla's screen version of the acclaimed novel.

Full Review… | November 27, 2010

Only Renee Zellweger maintains a Southern accent in this laughable attempt by director Anthony Minghella ("The English Patient") at filming Charles Frazier's love story set amidst the turmoil of the Civil War.

Full Review… | May 12, 2009

So utterly manufactured for Oscar, it was nauseating.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Despite its pretentious, episodic structure and emotional restraint, Cold Mountain retains its tension through multi-layered character development.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews for Cold Mountain

If hate sends men to war, then it must be love that brings them home.

Good Film! It's beautifully crafted, assembled, and absolutely mesmerizing in all aspects of film making techniques and style. The music score and soundtracks are so appropriate locked into the events and the moods of the characters. And the film's title? It does project its allegorical appeal.

This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer


Charles Frazier's distinctly American take on the personal ravages of the Civil War and what small hope may be salvaged from it's incalcuable wreakage, gets lost somewhat in this curiously foreign view of his simple yet elegant piece (Why are all the principals from overseas? Were there no Americans with vision or chutzpah enough to take this on?) We are left then with the shoestring romance of two lonely strangers separated by war who endeavor to overcome its apparent difficulties and return to each other's side. This is capably performed, undoubtably, yet the ghost of Frazier's intent is manifest by its absence.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A romanticized civil war film with a fantastic cast and a heartfelt story. The length of the film might run a little long for some, but I enjoyed all of it.

Shawn Ewing

Super Reviewer

Cold Mountain Quotes

Ruby Thewes: This world won't stand long. God won't let it stand this way long.
– Submitted by Sunny S (15 months ago)
Ruby Thewes: Have you been shot?
Inman: Not lately.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (23 months ago)
Bosie: King of Kings!
– Submitted by Alyssa B (23 months ago)
Ada Monroe: I would have followed you anywhere... to Mongolia.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (23 months ago)

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