Brokeback Mountain is a 2006 American gay film directed by Ang Lee, starring Heath Ledger (Ennis Del Mar) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Jack Twist), about the story of two cowboys and their forbidden and secretive relationship over the years.
Brokeback Mountain is based on the short story by Annie Proulx and tells the tale of the taboo sexual exploration between two cowboys. Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) star as the passionate lovers who meet while working at Brokeback Mountain as a sheep herder and a camp tender in the summer of 1963. Four years after their work and their surprising and intense sexual encounter, the two rendezvous again, using Brokeback Mountain as a safe haven for their flourishing relationship and as an escape from their home lives.
The film opens with the men stepping out of their trucks and silently waiting outside an office in the hopes of finding work. Immediately, the audience can feel the tension between them as they exchange disconnected glances. The screenwriters allow for some silence when the film begins, emphasizing the terrific acting without using any dialogue. Director, Ang Lee seems to tease the audience when the men are on the ranch, showing Jack looking down at Ennis’ naked profile lying next to him. Although both men seem uncomfortable in their own skin they aggressively yet passionately make love, with the idea that although they know it is wrong, they need this physical intimacy. Years later, with their wives and children continuing their lives at home, Ennis and Jack escape back to the only place they believe they are safe. It is only between these majestic Wyoming Mountains they can be free and happy.
Ang Lee creates a realistic and poignant story of 1960s forbidden love. Ennis and Jack’s love not only demonstrates the challenges of the gay community in a very homophobic time and place, but it reveals the struggles of two young souls whose hearts, bodies and minds are all being stretched to fit standards that society disapproved of at the time. The storyline tackles an explosive topic by relating the pain and discrimination gay men felt at the time, forced to hide their true natures from others and even at times from themselves. Ledger and Gyllenhaal portray the suppressed emotional urgency with only facial expressions, especially once they reach Brokeback Mountain and see their partner emerge from his truck. Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto works in tandem with the actors, constantly focusing on their eyes as they act as the windows to their “tainted” souls, and the screenwriting allows for a perfect balance of natural silence and poetic and rhythmic dialogue.
The movie leaves on the hope that people like Ennis Del Mar will no longer feel trapped and the world will change and be less judgmental. Brokeback Mountain addresses a moral issue by portraying how far love can go until others break it down into an unredeemable, distant memory. The cast and crew worked beautifully together to create a story that is visually appealing, physically painful, and emotionally wrenching. The only place where the men can share their passion for each other is in an unreal place, “where bluebirds sing and there’s a whiskey spring.”
- 2 Hours 14 Minutes.
- Heath Ledger – Ennis Del Mar,
- Jake Gyllenhaal – Jack Twist.
- Ang Lee.
- January 13th, 2006 (USA).
- Focus Features,
- River Road Entertainment,
- Alberta Film Entertainment,
- Good Machine.
- Focus Features (USA).
Academy Awards, USA 2006:
Won – Oscar, Best Achievement in Directing (Ang Lee),
Won – Oscar, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana),
Won – Oscar, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score (Gustavo Santaolalla).
Golden Globes, USA 2006:
Won – Golden Globe, Best Motion Picture – Drama,
Won – Golden Globe, Best Director – Motion Picture (Ang Lee),
Won – Golden Globe, Best Screenplay – Motion Picture (Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana),
Won – Golden Globe, Best Original Song – Motion Picture (Gustavo Santaolalla – music, Bernie Taupin -lyrics) For the song “A Love That Will Never Grow Old”.
GLAAD Media Awards 2006:
Won – GLAAD Media Award, Outstanding Film (Wide Release).
Brokeback Mountain Photos Gallery
- Brokeback Mountain (1/10) Movie CLIP – Ennis Opens Up
- Brokeback Mountain (2/10) Movie CLIP – Nobody’s Business But Ours
- Brokeback Mountain (3/10) Movie CLIP – Lovers
- Brokeback Mountain (4/10) Movie CLIP – Jack and Ennis Brawl
- (5/10) Movie CLIP – See You Around
- (6/10) Movie CLIP – Reunited
- (7/10) Movie CLIP – I Wish I Knew How to Quit You
- (8/10) Movie CLIP – Jack’s Death
- (9/10) Movie CLIP – Visiting Jack’s Parents
- (10/10) Movie CLIP – Alma’s Engagement
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- 7.7/10 – IMDB,
- 87% – Rotten Tomatoes,
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