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Brokeback Mountain (2005)

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Critic Consensus: A beautiful, epic Western, Brokeback Mountain's love story is imbued with heartbreaking universality thanks to moving performances by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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Set against the sweeping landscapes of Wyoming and Texas, this epic love story tells of two young men -- a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy -- who meet in the summer of 1963 while driving cattle on a mountain range. They unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love.

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Cast

Heath Ledger
as Ennis Del Mar
Jake Gyllenhaal
as Jack Twist
Anne Hathaway
as Lureen Newsome Twist
Michelle Williams
as Alma Beers Del Mar
Randy Quaid
as Joe Aguirre
Linda Cardellini
as Cassie Cartwright
Anna Faris
as Lashawn Malone
Graham Beckel
as L.B. Newsome
David Harbour
as Randall Malone
Víctor Reyes
as Chilean Sheepherder
Kate Mara
as Alma Jr.
Lachlan Mackintosh
as Chilean Sheepherder
Roberta Maxwell
as Jack's Mother
Peter McRobbie
as John Twist
Larry Reese
as Jolly Minister
Tom Carey
as Rodeo Clown
Don Bland
as Biker No. 1
Dan McDougall
as Bartender 1
Duval Lang
as Announcer
Mary Liboiron
as Fayette Newsome
Dean Barrett
as Bartender 2
Hannah Stewart
as Alma Jr. Age 3
Kade Philips
as Ennis, Age 9
Steffen Cole Moster
as K.E. Del Mar, Age 11
Brooklyn Proulx
as Jenny, Age 4
Keanna Dubé
as Alma Jr. Age 5
Sarah Hyslop
as Alma Jr. Age 9-12
Jacey Kenny
as Jenny, Age 7-8
Cayla Wolever
as Jenny, Age 11
Cheyenne Hill
as Alma Jr. Age 13
Jake Church
as Bobby, Age 10
Ken Zilka
as Roughneck
John Tench
as Roughneck
Gary Lauder
as Killer Mechanic
Christian Fraser
as Grease Monkey
Chyanne Hodgson
as Barrel Racer
David Leader
as Bull Fighter
Jory Vine
as Bull Fighter
Mark Van Tienhoven
as Bull Fighter
Greg Schlosser
as Bull Rider
Shane Pollitt
as Bull Dogger 1
T.J. Bews
as Rodeo Hazer
Lynn Ivall
as Rodeo Hazer
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Critic Reviews for Brokeback Mountain

All Critics (235) | Top Critics (50)

The approach is dry as the Wyoming landscape, and while it occasionally threatens to pull the film out of shape, it's still the right one for these men.

March 8, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Like all great love stories, Ang Lee's is one of tragic romance, strongly acted by Heath Ledger as the most buttoned-up of cowboys, and Michelle Williams as his betrayed and enraged wife.

January 13, 2006
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Ang Lee continues to astonish.

January 9, 2006
The New Republic
Top Critic

Both [Gyllenhaal and Ledger] embody what that old Waylon and Willie song taught us -- 'Cowboys ain't easy to love, and they're harder to hold.'

January 6, 2006
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Lee has taken a story of gay love and placed it where it should be -- in the mainstream. He's delivered a beautifully crafted film to boot.

Full Review… | December 22, 2005
Time Out
Top Critic

A sweeping, solemn, self-serious chronicle of their relationship over several decades.

Full Review… | December 20, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Brokeback Mountain

½

Faultless in its sheer power and emotion

Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

Super Reviewer

The movie occasionally drags, but in the end it is a powerful film featuring excellent acting and excellent writing. It is griping and also quite devastating. The drama is intense, and the emotions are raw.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

Amazing on every level. Cinamatography is excellect. Story is powerful. Without question, the finest performance that Heath Ledger ever gave -- and probably the best performance from Gyllenhaal too. This is one of those rare films where the silence says more than the dialogue. An absolute must-see movie.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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