Brokeback Mountain Movie Review Summary

Actors: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams

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Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist meet as teens one summer on a herding job on Brokeback Mountain, in a rural area during the early 1960's. The two are each others only company on the isolated mountain. They form a bond, sharing their life plans. Ennis plans to marry a girl back home when the job is done, but Jack has no one waiting for him. There is an underlying sexual tension developing between the two which escalates into a intense, almost violent coupling one evening. Shocked by what has taken place at first, the men nevertheless spend the rest of the summer as companions and lovers.
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At the end of the first summer on the mountain, the men return to their normal, heterosexual lives. However, despite the danger of such an affair, the lure of Brokeback Mountian will keep them together.
The review of this Movie prepared by Contessa Graham

Jack and Ennis meet as they apply for a summer job, tending sheep and keeping the flock from harm. Hired by boss Joe Aguirre from his trailer post, one fellow is to keep camp while the other is to sleep with the heard, keeping them safe, but without the comfort of fire. Park services patrol the area, and the boys' jobs are to keep the sheep from slaughter by natural enemies, as well as poachers who had left the flock considerably smaller the previous summer. Weekly the boys receive food by pack animal transportation, and leave their list of needed supplies with the boss's courrier. Shared beans, soup, and a pint of whiskey keeps the boys from hunger, though boredom comes from repetition. A week's load of food is lost when a bear comes upon the transport, and Jake walks back to camp with his horse, mule, and their food gone.

Ennis isn't much of a taker, but as the summer progresses, the young men share tales of personal tragedies they have experienced in their lives. Ennis plans to marry his sweetheart at the end of this summer job, while Jake's life is free of direction, but pointed towards rodeoing. One cold evening, after warmed with an ample amount of whiskey, Ennis enters the tent to sleep out of the cold and snow. Action moves quicly, in dark scenes, with guttoral sounds, as the close relationship between the two is consumated. Though Ennis states, "I ain't a queer. It was a one time thing," the two who are alone on the mountain continue to enjoy special company, and physical affections in this beautiful natural environment. The summer ends, and Jake and Ennis head their separate directions.

Ennis marries, and he and Alma quickly become parents to one, then another female child. Ennis works at what jobs he can find, being uneducated in all but the ways of survival. Trying to make enough money to make ends met proves a challenge, and Alma takes a job at the local grocery.

Jake sends a postcard, four years after their summer together, stating that he plans to come to Broke Back to visit, and plans a fishing trip with Ennis. They meet in the front yard as long lost friends, but soon disappear from public view to share physical comforts. Alma looks out the door, and unexpectedly sees this tell-tale embrace from her second story door perspective. She is shocked beyond words, and says nothing as Ennis announces plans for him and Jake to spend a few days off fishing. Ennis gathers his supplies for the trip into nature, rushing off excitedly from home, but Jake and Ennis spend their first night together in a motel, enjoying each other's special love.

Years pass with a divorce for Ennis and a marriage for Jake, now living in Texas. Their greatest fear is that their relationship be discovered.
The review of this Movie prepared by Patrice Lauren

Ennis Del Mar (Ledger) is looking for work and gets a job working on Brokeback Mountain herding sheep with Jack Twist (Gyllenhaal). They gradually become good friends and on one cold, drunken night they sleep together. After initial embarrassment they become lovers. When the job is over they go back to their normal lives where Ennis is married to Alma (Williams). They have two children and go on with their normal lives. Alma thinks everything is OK but Ennis changes. One day Ennis gets a postcard from Jack saying he is coming to Wyoming to visit and they organise a fishing trip. When Jack arrives, he and Ennis are hit with passion and kiss without knowing that Alma was watching. Alma keeps the information to herself. Ennis and Jack begin to have these get-togethers frequently and Ennis starts to neglect his wife and family. Back in Texas, Jack gets married to Lureen (Hathaway), a rodeo rider and they have a little boy called John. Jack and Ennis keep up their get-togethers and finally Alma divorces Ennis. When Jack hears the news he arrives in Wyoming believing that he and Ennis could have a life together then. Ennis turns him down because he doesn't think the idea is realistic. Alma gets married again and Ennis meets a girl called Cassie. The get-togethers continue.
The review of this Movie prepared by Laura B

Two young cowboys go to work on Brokeback Mountain for the summer. Heath Ledger plays a cowboy, engaged to be married after his summer of earing money. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a cowboy that has been harshly treated during his life and just wants to be loved. The two go to work together and end up falling in homosexual love on Brokeback Mountain. They do not see one another for years because it is supposed to be "a one-time thing". Heath Ledger represses his feelings because of his upcoming nuptials and his fears. Jake wants nothing more than to live a life in cowboy country with Heath. Both men eventually marry and produce children and there are some very touching scenes with Heath and his children as they grow up. They see one another a few times a year for over twenty years with both keeping their same stance - one wanting to stay together, the other refusing to believe it is possible.
The review of this Movie prepared by Jody T. Bixby

Script Analysis of Brokeback Mountain

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   Gay guys!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   cowboy Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   Pacific NW The Americas (not US):    -   Yes Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   ranch    -   lot of descript of animal care Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids    -   ignorant small town people

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude male butt    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Some foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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