Cold Mountain (2003)
Front Cover Actor
Jude Law Inman
Nicole Kidman Ada Monroe
Renée Zellweger Ruby Thewes
Eileen Atkins Maddy
Brendan Gleeson Stobrod Thewes
Philip Seymour Hoffman Reverend Veasey
Natalie Portman Sara
Giovanni Ribisi Junior
Donald Sutherland Reverend Monroe
Ray Winstone Teague
Kathy Baker Sally Swanger
Emily Deschanel Junior
Renee Zellweger
Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Charlie Hunnam
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Romance; War
Director Anthony Minghella
Producer Albert Berger; William Horberg; Steve E. Andrews
Writer Charles Frazier; Anthony Minghella
Studio Miramax
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 2 hr 32 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
Freely adapted from Charles Frazier's beloved bestseller, Cold Mountain boasts an impeccable pedigree as a respectable Civil War love story, offering everything you'd want from a romantic epic except a resonant emotional core. Everything in this sweeping, Odyssean journey depends on believing in the instant love that ignites during a very brief encounter between genteel, city-bred preacher's daughter Ada (Nicole Kidman) and Confederate soldier Inman (Jude Law), who deserts the battlefield to return, weary and wounded, to Ada's inherited farm in the rural town of Cold Mountain, North Carolina. In an epic (but dramatically tenuous) case of absence making hearts grow fonder, Inman endures a treacherous hike fraught with danger (and populated by supporting players including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, and others) while the struggling, inexperienced Ada is aided by the high-spirited Ruby (Renée Zellweger), forming a powerful farming partnership that transforms Ada into a strong, lovelorn survivor. The film's episodic structure slightly weakens its emotional impact, and it's fairly obvious that director Anthony Minghella is striving to repeat the prestigious romanticism of his Oscar®-winning hit The English Patient. For the most part it works, especially in the dynamic performances of Zellweger and Kidman, and the explosive 1864 battle of Petersburg, Virginia, is recreated with violent, percussive intensity. Those who admired Frazier's novel may regret some of the changes made in Minghella's adaptation (the ending is particularly altered), but Cold Mountain remains a high-class example of grand, old-fashioned filmmaking, boosted by star power of the highest order. --Jeff Shannon
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Index 1384
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 6/29/04
Purchase Price $17.00
Store Best Buy
Owner JC
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Format DVD
Region Region 2
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