Brokeback Mountain

2005 film directed by Ang Lee

Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 American romantic drama movie by Ang Lee. The film is set in Wyoming during the years from 1963 to 1981. The story is about two bisexual cowboys, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, who are in love with each other. During that time it was difficult to have homosexual relationships. The movie is based on a short story of the same name by Annie Proulx.[2]

Brokeback Mountain
Directed byAng Lee
Produced byDiana Ossana
James Schamus
Written byScreenplay
Larry McMurtry
Diana Ossana
Short Story
Annie Proulx
StarringHeath Ledger
Jake Gyllenhaal
Anne Hathaway
Michelle Williams
Music byGustavo Santaolalla
CinematographyRodrigo Prieto
Edited byGeraldine Peroni
Dylan Tichenor
Distributed byFocus Features
Release date
Flag of the United States.svg December 9, 2005
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg January 6, 2006
Flag of Australia.svg January 26, 2006
Running time
134 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$178,062,759[1]

Brokeback Mountain was a big success. It won many important prizes: the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Best Picture and Best Director at the BAFTA and the Golden Globe awards. It also received 8 nominations at the 78th Academy Awards, where it won 3 Oscars: Best Director, Best Original Score and Best Adapted Screenplay. It is in the 12th place for romantic movies that made the most money.[3]


In 1963, Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) are hired by Joe Aguirre (Randy Quaid). They need to look after his sheep up in Brokeback Mountain for the summer. One night, Jack makes a move on Ennis and the two men end up having sex. Soon an emotional relationship develops. Before leaving at the end of the summer they have a fight.

When they return home, Ennis marries Alma Beers (Michelle Williams) and has two daughters with her. Jack goes back the next summer but does not get hired because Joe had seen him with Ennis the year before. He moves to Texas, where he marries a rodeo rider, Lureen Newsome (Anne Hathaway). After four years, Jack goes back to meet Ennis. They kiss and Alma sees them. Jack would like to go and live with him but Ennis does not want to. They decide to continue meeting from time to time for fishing trips.

The marriages of both Jack and Ennis get worse. Alma and Dennis divorce in 1975. Later Alma tells Ennis she knows about Jack. They have a fight and do not see each other again. Lureen becomes a businesswoman and her father wants Jack to stop being a cowboy. Jack asks Ennis again to live together, but Ennis does not want to leave his children. At the end of one fishing trip, Ennis and Jack have another argument.

Later, Ennis sends a postcard to Jack. It is given back to him with a "DECEASED" stamp. Lureen tells Ennis that Jack had an accident. Ennis instead thinks that he was killed by a gang because he was gay. Ennis goes to Jack's parents to get his ashes. Jack wanted them to be thrown on Brokeback Mountain but his father does not give them to Ennis. However, his mother lets him have a look around Jack's room. Ennis finds the shirts that they were wearing all those years ago when they first had a fight.

Some time later, Ennis is living alone in a trailer. His daughter, Alma Jr., comes to tell him that she wants to marry a guy. Ennis tells her he will be there at the wedding. When she leaves, he opens his wardrobe where he keeps the shirts and a photo of Brokeback Mountain. He whispers "Jack, I swear..." before walking away.

Release datesEdit

Country Premiere
  Denmark 25 December 2005
  Croatia 5 January 2006
  Canada 6 January 2006
  United Kingdom 13 January 2006
  Ireland 13 January 2006
  Iceland 13 January 2006
  United States 13 January 2006
   Switzerland 18 January 2006 (French speaking region)
  France 18 January 2006
  Israel 19 January 2006
  Spain 20 January 2006
  Italy 20 January 2006
  Norway 20 January 2006
  Taiwan 20 January 2006
  Australia 26 January 2006
  Finland 27 January 2006
  Argentina 2 February 2006
  Brazil 3 February 2006
  Latvia 3 February 2006
  Sweden 3 February 2006
  Uruguay 3 February 2006
  New Zealand 9 February 2006
  Portugal 9 February 2006
  Philippines 15 February 2006
   Switzerland 16 February 2006 (German speaking region)
  Greece 16 February 2006
  Netherlands 16 February 2006
  Singapore 16 February 2006
  Thailand 16 February 2006
  Belgium 22 February 2006
  Hong Kong 23 February 2006
  Estonia 24 February 2006
  Panama 24 February 2006
  Poland 24 February 2006
  Romania 24 February 2006
  Venezuela 24 February 2006
  Chile 26 February 2006
  South Korea 1 March 2006
  Czech Republic 2 March 2006
  Lithuania 3 March 2006
  Mexico 3 March 2006
  Japan 4 March 2006
  Austria 9 March 2006
  Germany 9 March 2006
  South Africa 10 March 2006
  Russia 16 March 2006
  Turkey 24 March 2006
  Hungary 30 March 2006
  Bulgaria 31 March 2006
  Slovakia 6 April 2006


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Brokeback Mountain". Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  2. Proulx, Annie; McMurtry, Larry; Ossana, Diana (2005, 2006). Brokeback Mountain: Story to Screenplay. London, New York, Toronto and Sydney: Harper Perennial. ISBN 978-0-00-723430-1.
  3. "Top Grossing Romantic-Dramas". 2006.

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