Drama | English| 134 minutes
Wyoming, 1963. Ranch foreman Joe Aguirre hires two cowboys, Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist, to herd his sheep on Brokeback Mountain. After a night of heavy drinking, Jack makes a pass at Ennis. At first Ennis is reluctant but eventually submits. The two men have sex. After parting, Ennis marries his longtime fiancée, Alma, and has two daughters; Jack moves to Texas and marries rodeo rider, Lureen. Despite their marriages, Ennis and Jack continue their relationship during fishing trips they take together. Alma suspects Ennis’s relationship with Jack and soon divorces him. When Ennis learns Jack has died, he is emotionally bereft as he tries to fulfill Jack’s last request, to have his ashes scattered on Brokeback Mountain.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 88%
- Metacritic Score: 87
- Academy Awards:Winner, Best Director (Ang Lee); Best Screenplay (Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana)
- BAFTA Awards: Winner, Best Film; Best Supporting Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal); Best Screenplay (Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana)
- Directors Guild of America: Winner, Outstanding Director (Ang Lee)
- Golden Globe Awards: Best Motion Picture – Drama; Best Screenplay (Larry McMurtry, Diana Ossana)
- National Board ofReview: Winner, Best Director (Ang Lee); Best Supporting Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal)
- New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Winner, Best Film; Best Director (Ang Lee); Best Actor (Heath Ledger)
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Director Ang Lee’s film has already been proclaimed a landmark, a watershed in mainstream movies, the first gay love story with A-list Hollywood stars. There’s neither coyness nor self-importance in BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN – just close, compassionate observation, deeply committed performances, a bone-deep feeling for hardscrabble Western lives.
The best film of the year.
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