Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

DVD - 2005
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Nicole Kidman stars with Renee Zellweger. At the dawn of the Civil War, the men of Cold Mountain, North Carolina, rush to join the Confederate army. Ada (Kidman) has vowed to wait for Inman (Law), but as the war drags on and letters go unanswered, she must find the will to survive. At the war's end, hearts will be dashed, dreams fulfilled and the strength of the human spirit test... but not broken! Directed by Academy Award winner Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, 1996).
Publisher: [Australia] : Buena Vista Home Entertainment [distributor] ; distributed by Marcom Projects, 2005.
Edition: Widescreen
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (ca. 148 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 16, 2018

BRRRR. This mountain is hella cold! This 2003 adaptation of Charles Frazier's acclaimed, best-selling novel is a time capsule of what was considered "good" filmmaking in the early 00s and the steamrolling power of Harvey Weinstein and Miramax. Basically "The Odyssey" retold during the Civil War, "Cold Mountain" is stunningly bad; from the terrible accents to the historical cluelessness to the wooden dialogue. For some reason, much of the cast is non-American (Law, Kidman, Brendan Gleson, Ray Winstone, Cillian Murphy) and not a single actor does a convincing southern accent. They all seemed to have learned from reruns of "Hee Haw." As someone else noted, it's also a Civil War movie that doesn't mention slavery and, though set in the South, has no significant black characters. It does have a ridiculously huge class, most of whom aren't in it long enough to make an impression. I enjoyed seeing Jack White for like 5 minutes. Somehow, Renee Zellweger won an Oscar for this. Also, it's really long.

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firefly5
Nov 08, 2017

I enjoyed Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger in this movie. I did not like the battle scenes or the violence from the 'Home Guard'. It was entertainment.

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MB85CAL
Aug 04, 2017

A masterpiece.

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MadameMoonfly
Jun 20, 2015

Wow, an American Civil War film with nary an African-American until that one scene just when a group of escaping slaves are about to get blown up in the cornfield. Our protagonist weakly (but affectingly) protests, "No, don't..." *** The Civil War was about pretty white people, don't you know? Some were impoverished, some not so much, but most were essentially apolitical like plebeians throughout the ages. (Who cares, really, why we are slogging through yet another killing field?) They just wanted to survive long enough to date, mate and proliferate. I realize that in some grand philosophical narratives, all wars are basically the same -- nasty and brutish -- while all human beings are ruled by the same biological imperatives. Universal truths aside, it would have been more interesting to be able to tell the difference between this particular war and, say, that ancient Peloponnesian conflict between Spartans and Athenians even though it's not impossible to find one or two historical similarities. Beyond costuming, faux southern accents and the horrors of war, wasn't there some essential defining quality to the American war between the states worth highlighting??? I haven't read the book so I can't judge based on that. Sadly, as the film has so offended my sense of historicity and truthful storytelling (not to mention whatever that word is for ethical Americanism), I am not likely to ever explore the book. Time is precious -- I've already spent a ridiculous amount upset over this film -- and there are way too many other books to read. *** NOTE: This film is my inspiration for a list called "Films I Loathe."

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IV27HUjg
Mar 29, 2015

Read twice, watched multiple times, audio version excellent = huge fan. IMO excellent acting, cinematography, story line. With this film I came to appreciate & love the acting prowess of Brendan Gleeson. Possibly the only story about the South & CW I like.

d2013 Nov 04, 2014

Good drama movie with a great cast. Well worth it!

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miaone
Sep 24, 2014

The story takes place during the most dramatic, divisive, and quintessentially American event of our whole history: the American Civil War. I wonder why the main characters could not be played by American actors. Even Zellweger, while born in Texas, has Swiss and Norwegian parents. And Kidman, Atkins, and Law? They had to hire British or Australian or European actors to play the main roles? Even Donald Sutherland is Canadian.
That said, they did do an adequate job of ACTING their roles, but it was rather like Vivian Lee playing Scarlett O'Hara. Seriously?

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koolsheena
Jun 26, 2014

A great movie with an amazing cast and unforgettable storyline. Recommended but not for every member of the family due to violence and sexual content.

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Libraryman1_0
Apr 15, 2014

One of the films I first read the book about before I watched the movie, and was a story beautifully told. Yes the book was more detailed in it's account, however the film stands on it's own. The battle scenes of the Civil War were frighteningly well depicted, and I love the acting of Jude Law as the hero Inman and Nichole KIdman as his love Ida. Best actress is Rene Zellwigger as Ruby the young lady who tends and helps Ida manage her farm after the death of her father played by Donald Sutherland. The film captures the mood and effect of Charles Frazer's book. A moving picture.

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jds1
Jan 12, 2013

Great video very touching, from the brutality of humankind to each other to the love of one another, A great watch.

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koolsheena
Jun 26, 2014

Sexual Content: there are two graphic sex scenes and a woman hits on a man sexually.

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koolsheena
Jun 26, 2014

Violence: war violence

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koolsheena
Jun 26, 2014

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