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Inman joins the army out of loyalty to his country but soon realizes the savages of war dont represent his values. Once injured he flees & begins the long journey home. Back at home ada struggles to keep the faith. She takes in ruby a lively neighbor who teaches her how to keep the farm going. Studio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 06/06/2006 Starring: Nicole Kidman Renee Zellweger Run time: 155 minutes Rating: R

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 (Ren¨¦e 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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  • Cold Mountain Review
    A truly great movie and great story. The realism is a bit overwhelming at times but there is no other way to accurately depict that time in our history. The strength of the story (to me) lies in the fact that it illustrates all the ambiguities of the Civil War, particularly the home guard units and vigilante organizations that were so prevalent in the South. This war was a great hardship to the ordinary yeoman farmer who was not a large land owner and slave holder. The movie also pointed out that support for the war in the mountainous areas of the South was weak at best. People in those regions served more because of State loyalty than any passionate issues or independence. This is an extraordinary movie by every measurement. The casting was very good--and performances are outstanding....more info
  • Excellent Seller
    The product I purchased arrived in super fast time and was in great condition. I would recommend this seller to anyone....more info
  • Cold Mountain Review
    This is a movie about the Civil War. Jude Law goes off to war leaving Nicole Kidman behind. She and Renee Zellweger try to exist as they best can while he is gone. There are twists and turns both to his life and the girls', until he returns, and then there is the surprise ending. This is a movie I can watch over and over. It is beautifully done, with believable characters, wonderful scenery, and lots of humanity thrown in there. Good movie, good adventure, good drama, good romance with humor....more info
  • weak
    I loved the book but the movie is boring and does not give any credit to the work of Frazier; avoid it at all costs...more info
  • One of the Great Love Stories
    This will go down as a classic-along with "The Notebook". What else is there to say if you're a romantic? I never tire of watching it....more info
  • Miscasted on all fronts
    If you are looking for the same kind of otherworldly feeling in this movie as was found in Charles Frazier's magnificent novel you will be surely disappointed. This film was totally miscast in every respect. First of all in Frazier's novel the southern appalachian mountains of North Carolina were as important a character in the book as the human characters were. So what do the producers do? They film it in Romania in a location that only bears a slight resemblance to one of the most beautiful mountain ranges on earth. For those of us who intimately know the landscape of The Great Smokie mountains such as myself, this is the first great disappointment. There currently exists about 40% virgin wilderness that still appears much like it was back in the civil war time of the novel. But they chose Romania instead where there is not a mountain laurel , tulip poplar or rhododendron bush in sight. Do we feel like we are in the southern appalachians... NO! Then there are the actors. Nicole Kidman is so wrong for the part of Ada I could cry.Her southern accent is weak at best and she reeks hollywood. Think Cate Blanchette instead. Jude Law with his pretty boy face falls flate on it as Inman. I would have rather seen an actor like Damien Lewis of Band of Brothers cast instead. His slim continence and the thousand yard stare that he perfected in that powerful WW2 epic would have fit nicely with the horrors Inman had witnessed from Sparksburg to the nightmare of the Petersburg crater. And lastly there is Renee Zellweger as the mountain girl Ruby. Her inept performance is pure comic characature and the final nail in the coffin of this poorly realized film. If you want to see a movie that actually captures the atmosphere and gritty feeling of civil war times in America, I would suggest the low budget gem Pharoah's Army. Oh what a director such as Terrence Malick might have done with this material. We'll never know now. ...more info
  • "Come back to me!"
    Ada Monroe (Nicole Kidman) and her preacher father come to live in Cold Mountain, North Carolina, just before the start of the Civil War. She is attracted to the shy, handsome Inman, (Jude Law), and he to her, but before they can speak what is in their hearts, he is off to fight, with just a tintype of Ada to comfort him. She endures the rigors of the homefront, aided by mountain girl Ruby (Renee Zellweger); together they survive Yankees, the local militia, and hunger. Inman, meanwhile, has seen the horrors of war, and after three years, decides to go back to Ada and Cold Mountain.

    The trailer for "Cold Mountain" led me to believe this was a romance, but it is really a story of the brutality of war. The gory battles and scenes of unspeakable cruelty away from the frontline are almost endless and it takes a strong stomach to watch it all. Kidman is fine as the Southern belle turned self-sufficient farmer, and Law gives a remarkably sensitive performance. Zellweger's earthy Ruby is a welcome relief from the depressing action. Watching this movie leaves one recoiling from the inhumanity that was common at that time. It is a thoughtful, sobering, bloody story....more info
  • Hearts Remain Warm On Cold Mountain
    "Cold Mountain" is an historical romance epic. It bears many similarities with "The Titanic." "Cold Mountain" is based on historical events surrounding two people who are from different socio-economic backgrounds. The two lovers are separated by the tragedies of the Civil War. During the three years they are apart, they struggle against the forces of nature and evil men until they can be reunited. They never stop loving each other.

    "Cold Mountain" is a love story that is very heartwarming and depressing. Full of tragedy, it serves as a reminder that war should be avoided at all costs.

    The acting is great and the scenery is breathtaking. I would've given this movie five stars if not for the character of the hypocritical, oversexed reverend. His attempt to drown a slave, pregnant with his child, is thwarted by Inman, the story`s hero. Afterwards, he is caught in bed with several women. Some of the scenes of gratuitous sex should've been cut because they were unnecessary and took away from the romantic plot. Also, the movie lacked a hit theme song like "My Heart Will Go On" from "The Titanic."

    I recommend "Cold Mountain" to anyone who loves historical romance or is a fan of one of the lead actors. Renee Zellweger is very deserving of her academy award for her portrayal of the tough, tomboyish Ruby.
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  • Fantastic movie
    I avoided this movie when it first came out, thinking that it would only be a pale "Gone With the Wind" remake. Big mistake. What a fantastic film this turned out to be (I bought the DVD from Amazon). Each and every minute in this rip-roaring movie is chocked full of ideas, color and great acting.

    The plot: Won't go into it here, but suffice it to say that it blows "Gone With the Wind" out of the water. And the battle scene that happens about ten minutes into the movie is incredible. If you thought the battle scene in "Saving Private Ryan" was remarkable, this one is even better--or worse, depending on how you look at things.

    But what really stands out is the acting. Renee Zellweger is incredible AND funny. What a versitle actress she is. The rest of the cast is also great--Jude Law is wonderful and plays against any "types" he may have played in the past. The accents are right on and everything rings true in this enormous saga about the Civil War.

    There simply aren't enough stars in the heavens for this movie....more info
  • Good and long.
    Good, (and very long), civil war era drama. One of the few movies that focuses on home life during the war, rather than the war itself. Some over dramatic scenes, (including a chicken attack of all things), takes the movie out of the "great movie" category, but it's still a very good story, with fantastic cinematography and surround sound. Worth a look, if you've got the time of course....more info
  • 3.5; falls short of the movie it thinks it is
    Many films try to be the next Oscar contender. It's almost as if a director who wants one decides "I'm gonna do a period piece with a love story and stuff". That was the feeling I got from Cold Mountain, a would-be Oscar contender if it wasn't for the basic idea of the film and also it plays out like "and the next cameo is...". While it's not a bad film, it's definately something that could've been something better.

    The film centers around 2 main stories, 2nd of which comes later. Inman is a soldier in the Civil War who had an incredibly brief romantic encounter with Ada. Getting wounded, he breaks from the hospital and tries to get back to her, meanwhile being hunted for deserting the war since you're supposed to fight in it. Ada strikes a friendship with Ruby who turns Ada's failing farm around. And there you have it: a journey movie with new people on one hand, and a girl buddy movie on the other.

    It's quite a credibility stretch even with powers of love. At one point, Inman runs into a single mother and there is that option to stay with her yet he goes off to Ada. Why? They really only shared one kiss. We have to basically agree that these 2 were meant for each other and that's the end of it. I wouldn't go that far. At least films like Titanic and other romantic movies have the person gradually falling for them, not in a split second.

    I wasn't kidding when I said "name that cameo". We have Donald Sutherland, Jena Malone, resident Paul Thomas Anderson repeats Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Melora Waters, Giovanni Ribisi, Brendan Gleeson, even Jack White of the White Stripes is here and surprisingly he's not that bad. Of course the standout is the single mom played by Natalie Portman. Great at playing that willing to support herself and protect her baby but also just needing someone. Just too bad she drops out just like everyone else.

    Unlike the overlong English Patient, Cold Mountain in a way deserves its lengths. Lot of bases to cover and the extra time allows the characters to develop. It's just too bad characters drop out as fast as they introduce them, one of which literally doesn't last 2-3 minutes. Most of the time we don't even know their names it's just "hey can I walk with you? Blargh, I'm dead" and on to the next one. So it's just like the film itself: we're supposed to care about the epic war and love story setting yet it feels kind of hollow. It's like "oh we were supposed to cry and be moved? I didn't know that".

    Where the film shines is the main leads. Each actor is more than capable in their part with Renee Zellweger ending up winning the Oscar which I can understand although her accent can grate at times. But for some reason casting really attractive people and having them all scarred and muddy seems out of their range oddly. As if they don't belong in that dirty war savaged world which isn't their fault really. Natalie is an attractive actress but seeing her in dirty rags or in a red carpet dress isn't distracting.

    A football jock tries to win the college dean's daughter so he pretends to be debonair and "James Bond"-esque but we know the truth. Similar is Cold Mountain, a good film but no Oscar winner here.
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  • Zellweger is the Redeeming Factor in This Otherwise Trite Film
    Take the plot from Moulin Rouge, move it from Paris to the Civil War South, tweak it a bit here and there, and you get the film version of Cold Mountain. Placing an overrated Australian actress and a British pretty boy in the lead roles of a film meant to be about the American South during the Civil War is beyond offensive.
    Were there no American actors available to take on these parts? Not surprisingly, neither Kidman nor Law could effectively nail the accents, which made an already trite, poorly executed love story even more painful to withstand. As is frequently the case with Nicole Kidman, you get a self-conscious, contrived performance rather than a reliable and convincing portrayel of a definitive character with true dimension. As is also frequently the case with her movies, the casting agents deftly placed a reliable supporting actress in the film to counteract her obvious weakness. Renee Zellweger single handedly carried the movie and made it watchable. For this reason, I awarded the film two stars. Her performance makes watching this otherwise
    poorly casted film worthwhile. ...more info
  • It will be a cold day in hell before I buy Cold Mountain.
    This movie is, without question, the absolute worst movie ever made. This movie is, essentially a remake of "Gone With The Wind", which, when considering the amount of killing, is extremely boring. Cold mountain is equally boring, no one I have met was able to stay awake through the whole thing. After viewing this movie, I am sure you will wish it was gone with the wind. However this, unfortunately will never happen, considering, as I have heard from unreliable sources, that both the house and Senate have passed an amendment illegalising the destruction of this movie. I have also heard that it is the favorite movie of both Hillery Clinton and John Kerry. The box claims that it is in English, but most of the characters seem to be speaking an obscure dialect of ancient Sino-Tibetan Xiang Chinese. I am told that this is only due to their "southern accents", but I am very skeptical of that. The characters also cry too much, and win academy awards for their poor acting in doing so. This movie does invoke a strong emotional reaction from the audience, but I am not entirely sure that it is the one intended....more info
  • An Epic Story of the Civil War
    There have been many movies told about the Civil War. However, few of those movies have focused on the backwater towns that provided many of the men who fought and died in that awful conflict. This movie does exactly that. The focus is on two average people in a small community that is quite likely to be similar to many other small communities across the United States at that time.

    Jude Law is Inman, a rather shy man who is smitten with Ada Monroe (Nicole Kidman), the daughter of new minister Reverend Monroe (Donald Sutherland). Ada is very sheltered from the realities of life and enjoys many of the smaller luxuries available to genteel Southern society. All this changes when the Civil War begins. Inman goes off to fight in the war, and her father dies. Now Ada has no money and no help. Things look grim for Ada until brash but practical Ruby Thewes (Ren¨¦e Zellweger) arrives to assist her. We learn of Ruby's character when she quickly converts a rooster into food, shocking Ada in the process.

    Though Ada and Ruby manage to cope, things around town have deteriorated. A gang of thugs take advantage of every opportunity to exert their exaggerated authority over the town and the valley. As the movie progresses so too does the brutality of the thugs, who are supposedly the security for the town. Eventually they brutalize and murder a family. Yet, we see that there are others like them throughout the South.

    Inman is injured during the battle of Petersburg. He thinks of Ada and the few letters her received from her as he convalesces. The words that stick in his mind are her pleas for him to return home. Quicker than you can say "deserter," Inman is trekking across the countryside to return to Ada. Inman's journey becomes an epic as he battles brutal Northerners, more Southern thugs, and consoles a beautiful widow.

    We know that at the end of the movie there must be a showdown between the major characters, and the ending is too good to give away so I leave it to viewers to discover the ending for themselves.

    This movie has received much press and many accolades, receiving an Oscar for Ren¨¦e Zellweger's incredible performance, which is critical to the success of this movie, and thirteen other awards and forty-nine nominations. This movie is certainly a very good movie, but I think it shines more because too many modern movies have forsaken plot and acting for special effects, loud noises and blood. This movie retreats to those characteristics that make movies art and allow movies to vie with books. Modern audiences are so hungry for a genuine story and real acting that they have launched this movie into the category of a modern classic. When you get tired of watching yet another video game become movie whose total plot consisting of racking up a body count, try popping this one into the DVD player and remember what it is like to have a story and serious acting.
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  • THE PAIN OF WAR NEVER CHANGES
    The novel COLD MOUNTAIN was one that took the world by surprise. Not a book that some thought would find an audience, it became a hit and spawned this film as well. And it is one of the most romantic, although brutal, films to come along in some time.

    The story takes place at the beginning of and throughout the years of the Civil War, Young Ada Monroe (Nicole Kidman) has moved to the town of Cold Mountain with her minister father (Donald Sutherland). There, she meets and falls in love with a quiet man named Inman (Jude Law) and we are off and running on a rocky romance.

    The couple never has the time to court as most do when word of war erupts and changes their world forever. Inman sets out to fight and not until the last moment before leaving do the two have the chance to let each other know that there is more going on here than just minor attraction. Inman heads out with the knowledge that Ada will wait for him until his return.

    It is these words, along with a book she gave him and the three letters he receives that keep Inman going. Through the killing and battles around him, including that of Petersburg. Inman sees the folly of war and the loss of those around him. Wounded in battle, he is sent to a hospital to recover. Changed by all he has witnessed, Inman deserts and heads home for Cold Mountain and the woman he loves.

    While this is going on, we are brought into the story of Ada as well. Her father passes away and she begins to lose hope. Unable and unknowledgeable in the day to day means of living, she depends on others to help her. One sends along Ruby Thewes (Renee Zellwegger), a self sufficient up front young woman to help. Not only does Ada begin to change in what she learns and how she deals with the world, Ruby offers a character with more depth than is revealed on the surface.

    The ladies resurrect the farm and Ada's way of life. All of this takes place under the watchful eye of Teague (Ray Winstone), a ruffian who once owned the land Ada now possesses and who wants it back. Teague and his men are now the law of Cold Mountain, placed in charge of hunting down deserters first and foremost.

    The movie follows two separate paths, one the literal one of Inman as he travels and meets all sorts of people from a randy minister (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) to a young woman (Natalie Portman) with a child whose husband was killed in the war. Each episode of what Inman is witness to brings images to mind of the Civil War that many are not familiar with.

    Ada, on the other hand, makes her own journey, trading in the somewhat pampered life she had led before as a young woman for the world of a woman who must tend to learning how to live life on her own should it come to that. With no men and slaves now a thing of the past, only Ada with the help of Ruby can survive.

    Along the side is the story of Ruby who deals with her past, including her father (Brendan Gleeson) who left her to fight. He returns with a two friends and they are welcomed back, though not quite with open arms. And now that they are deserters as is Inman, the shadow of Teague must eventually fall into place.

    The paths that these lives take is one that moves slow at first, but builds to an ending that is both romantic and tragic at the same time. It seems that all literary romances end in some sort of tragedy (thing back to TITANIC, a movie that I felt contained nothing of the heart that this one does). And this tale does so as well, though where that tragedy comes from I won't share here. Instead, watch the film, keep a box of Kleenex handy and enjoy a story of America's past. And while anti-war to an extent, it does not do so with a holier than thou attitude. The actions and images seen say it all.
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  • Terrible!
    This movie was not that good. In the first place, it was excessively voilent. I know this movie takes place during the civil war and it was a voilent time, but I find it particulary unbearable because of several scenes. I also was disgusted by the sexual suggestions and scenes. I couldn't even sit through it, it was so bad.
    It might have had a good love story, I mean a man forsaking his soldier days and risking his own life by being a deserter to return to the love of his life, that basis was fine. I'm a Civil War romance lover, I don't mind that. However, all the junk crammed in this film made it immpossible to watch. ...more info
  • Highly Recommended
    This film is excellent. I was very impressed with the story line and greatly appreciated the characterizations by Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger. If you are interested in the Civil War era, this is an appropriate film and will hold your interest....more info
  • COLD AND DEPRESSING
    I am a huge fan of Anthony Mingella's movies, I loved The Talented Mr. Riply and I liked The English Patient, though it was hella long, but this film was harder to like. The story is a good one and the book by Frazier is very good, but in its movie form it seems really depressing. I thought Kidman was very good and Zellweger was great, but I really did not like Law as Inman, he just did not register, it was hard to understand why Kidman longed for him so. The movie is extremely violent, in a Deliverance sort of way, the violence is real and disturbing, one scene in particular is just retching to watch, if you see this film you will know exactly what I am refering to, overall the quality of the film is very good and the cinematography is outstanding, it amazing how much Romania looks like North Carolina, I do recommend this film, but be forewarned it is depressing and hard to watch at times....enjoy....more info
  • Life during the Civil War brought to the surface.
    Anthony Minghella tackles a tough subject. The Civil War can be a hard topic of interest. If it's not done right, you'll lose your audience. Luckily, he uses the right material for his project.

    Based on the novel by Charles Frazier, Minghella's screenplay does well in describing the way life was during the mid-1800's. Many loved ones wrote letters to their husbands, sons and friends in such passionate detail. It's as true today as much as it was back then.

    There are one or two deep holes in this film, but the plot changes very quickly and keeps our attention going by displaying some great performances. Philip Semour Hoffmann gives a great performance as the wanted reverend. Natalie Portman gives a short, but effective job as the long-suffering widow. But it's Renee Zellweger who stands out with the best acting job in this movie. A well deserved Oscar as Ruby, the drifter who helps Ada (Nicole Kidman) hold together the farm duing the troubled times.

    Though I haven't read the novel, this film stands out on it's own as a very good, romantic Civil War epic. Not on the level as "Gone With The Wind", but still an entertaining and powerful film. Recommended!...more info
  • unwatchable crap
    this move is so slowly paced -- so imcompetently directed-- i had to stop watching after falling alseep a few times- its interminably slow moving-- dull unbelievable scenes poorly writtten-- only the setting the beautiful counrty side settings and the costumes ring true-- the rest is vile moments interrupted by interminabley slow scenes where nothing happens between actors so poorly shot and filmed they all either over act as seymour does -- or have these annoying southern accents that are over the top sounding--- esp kidman whose accent is so treacly sweet it almost put me into a diabetic coma--- this scik and demented director blew things up had actors killed every which way-- gore upon gore and i say sick from the scene that disgustedly made me finally shut this mess off-- an old woman is stroking a very beautiful goat whose head rests lovingly in her lap-- as shes casually talking the sick director has her pick up a knife and calmly slit its throat---so she can have it for dinner or something--- and to think this crap won awards !!! amazing !!!!! as someone else said on here-- i wouldnt watch another one of this directors movies either-- his sicko mind is only bettered by his complete incompetence----- i dare u to sit thru this--- on second thought i advise to to skip it altogether !!! a horrible phony annoying movie ---...more info
  • The Odyssey of the Civil War?
    "Cold Mountain" (2003) tries to be The Odyssey told during the Civil War -the story of a man on his way home to his eternal love and all the obstacles and tribulations he faces. There a lot to admire in "Cold Mountain" - Anthony Minghella sure knows how to make a good-looking film with great views and impressive cinematography. This and his previous films, "The English Patient" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley" are the good examples of his craft. The war scene in the beginning of the film is very impressive - realistic, powerful and violent. I did not read the book, so I can not comment on what parts were left out but the love story between Inman (Law) and Ada (Kidman) did not touch me very much. I am not sure if it has to do with the story itself or with the performances of two main characters but they were overshadowed by the supporting characters played by Eileen Atkins, Brendan Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Kathy Baker, and Giovanni Ribisi. Some of them had only few minutes of screen time but their characters are interesting and alive. Renee Zellweger received all possible awards that year for her turn as Ruby, funny looking but strong, energetic and independent woman who had helped the helpless and lonely Ada to manage her farm after her father died. I liked the character but I was not too impressed by Zellweger's performance. I think she had overplayed and made Ruby too grotesque. I've seen four Oscar nominated performances from 2003 and I liked two much better than Renee Zellweger.

    There is a very frank love scene between Law and Kidman in the end. It is the well made scene but too beautiful considering that two lovers went through the nightmares of war, starvation, disease, and the lack of any decent conditions. I saw on the screen two very attractive people in great shape with sexy bodies but not two lovers of Cold Mountain during the devastating war.

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  • Cold Mountain,
    Is An Excellent Drama, it has a very good story to it and it is a very realistic film about the cevil war & two people who are in love. it's also a movie about survival, vilonce and how man was so curupted back then. This movie has a lot of violent scenes and one big sex scene with jude law & nichole kidman. I don't recomend kids Under the age of 14 to see this movie. This movie has great effects and great actors. Jude Law does an excellent job and so does Nichole Kidman & Renee Zellweger does deserve the supporting Actress Award. This movie made 164 Million Dollars and got alot of awards and i think it deserved it. The special features in this movie were pretty good. I didn't know that Sacred harp was real music. This movie is also from a best selling Book.

    Plot: Inman(Jude Law) is a peaceful southern man, when Ada(Nichole Kidman) and her father comes to live in Cold Mountain Inman finds Ada very atractive and they both clic right away. When the south declare war on the north Inman has to go and fight and leave Ada behind. She waits for him to come back and befriends a helper named Ruby(Renee Zellweger) she still waits for Inman. And Inman tries to get back to her but the fedral soldiers are after any who departs from the war and kill them. can Inman make it to his beloved Ada. Well you have to rent it and find out.

    If you liked the movie check out the Soundtrack...more info
  • Critics missed the point...musings from a Southerner
    OK. Let me begin by saying that I have not read the book which I feel sure gives me a better ability to review the movie based purely upon conveying its merits without being biased toward the novel. I understand that 99% of the time a movie can't hold a candle stick to the book. Many times the complexities and intracacies do not translate well to the screen, what movies should strive for and are good at doing, however, is conveying the mood and "sense" of the times. That is what I feel Cold Mountain does very well. Yes, perhaps the story doesn't follow the book and Renee Zellweger, Natalie Portman, and Nicole Kidman are to beautiful for their own good, but they do convey the the feel of the South in the late 1800's even if this is an idealistic tale. The story occurs in period of history when the South is being ripped apart and the graciousness of the people would swiftly be carted off in the succeeding years in favor of more "modern" principles of individualism instead of commnity and sharing. Not every Southerner was "bad"; war hurt everyone as the movie shows, evil knows every race and all sides. On other fronts, the movie's "emotional core" that was supposedly lacking is completely misjudged by critics. In addition to be idealistic this is a romantic tale, one in which everything does not have to be rational; indeed love is not always rational. Inman is a quiet man - his feelings are communicated through actions and looks. Is one always compelled to fill up the air with words to innumerate love for another? Many people, especially women, are intuative in this way- just like Ada. In short, I loved this movie, its ebb and flow weave like the poetry of a lost time as Inman meets various characters juxtaposed to each other on his journey home:fallen preachers and kind neighbors; musicians and easy women. Mingehlla leaves us with this poetic sensory overload to work out in our minds many hours after the lights have come up. Yes, it's a blockbuster and all that implies, yet, very occationally, even the blockbusters get it right. It's my firm belief this is one of those times....more info
  • Exceptional
    I readily concede the star power of this moving film. Hard to go wrong with headliners like Nicole Kidman, Rene Zellweger, and Jude Law; even harder to miss the mark with COLD MOUNTAIN's supporting cast--a cast including Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Giovanni Ribisi, Brendan Gleeson, Ray Winstone, and James Gammon, just to name a few.

    But I'm going to digress from the thespians, for two reasons: 1) I'm ornery; and 2) the real sucess for this movie, in my humble little opinion, resides in the capable hands of its filmmakers.

    Based on Charles Frazier's bestselling, award-winning novel, COLD MOUNTAIN is a bittersweet love story set in the majestic mountains of North Carolina during the tumultuous Civil War. Two individuals make an instant soulful connection, just before their brief romance is violated by the ugliness of war. While the man fights--first to survive, then to seek out his beloved--the woman must fend for herself, often under miserable, even brutal conditions. Their odyssey forms the backbone of this unforgettable film.

    Yet its compelling story is not the highlight of this movie; COLD MOUNTAIN is exceptional because of its remarkable craftmanship, beginning with director Anthony Minghella. Aided by the haunting visuals of cinematographer John Seale, Minghella lets pictures tell the story. He utilizes countless devices to augment the sweeping images portrayed: disturbing slow motion shots, unique camera angles, dramatic audio voice-overs, a liquid image of a figure metaphysically projected in a water well. Such visuals combine and mesh to present the entire spectrum of the story, from its elegance and beauty, to its brutality and sorrow. Enhanced by the talent of its actors, Minghella's film is an artistic feast of wonder and delight.

    Finally, COLD MOUNTAIN delivers the sights and sounds of 19th Century North Carolina via Gabriel Yared's dynamic musical score--by a profound sound track of unforgettable songs, including Jack White's "Wayfaring Stranger" and Alison Krauss' haunting "You Will Be My Ain True Love." COLD MOUNTAIN is the entire package of epic movie making on a grand scale, a timeless treat for cinematic enthusiasts.
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  • Highly over rated and boring
    After all the hype about this movie, I was expecting so much more than was delivered. I found it to be boring, too long and lacking in any cohesive plot. ...more info
  • common people overwhelmed by war
    I loved the book and found the movie just as good, which is unusual. The Battle of the Crater [not in the book] is especially good--awful, really. Confederate armies on the verge of defeat are blown to Hell by an underground mine. Well-fed, well-trained Union soldiers advance into the breech only to be mowed down by the famished, desperate and shell-shocked survivors. Courage beyond the bounds of courage. The battle ends with mutilated Federal corpses piled up like cord wood...it's not a cinematic invention...it happened just this way.

    The rest of film is excellent, too, but certainly far from perfect. The home guards, chasing down disgruntled soldiers and run away slaves, are just too evil for words. As a matter of fact, they are just too evil for reality. Slaves were valuable and deserting soldiers could still serve in the collapsing Confederate armies. Wholesale murder wasn't in the cards. At the same time, a film needs villains but sometimes villainy is more effective if handled more delicately...with more subtlety.

    Still the film worked for me, especially the enormous tragedy of women--impoverished, grief-stricken women--waiting for men who would never return...waiting for men who would never again plough a field or make love to them again. Multiply Ada by hundreds of thousands and we start to get a feel for the unfathomable tragedy that was the American Civil War. 620,000 men never came home...more than all the other American wars put together. The South was especially devastated...most of her military aged men were dead or crippled while, simultaneously, the Federal Government exacted full revenge on the flattened South.

    Hey! It "unified" the nation or was the nation's disunion just internalized? By the way, I'm a Southernor and wasn't disturbed by "fake" accents. It's been going on long before "Gone with the Wind."

    Ron Braithwaite, author of novels--"Skull Rack" and "Hummingbird God"--on the Spanish Conquest of Mexico ...more info
  • Zellweger is the Redeeming Factor in This Otherwise Trite Film
    Take the plot from Moulin Rouge, move it from Paris to the Civil War South, tweak it a bit here and there, and you get the film version of Cold Mountain. Placing an overrated Australian actress and a British pretty boy in the lead roles of a film meant to be about the American South during the Civil War is beyond offensive.
    Were there no American actors available to take on these parts? Not surprisingly, neither Kidman nor Law could effectively nail the accents, which made an already trite, poorly executed love story even more painful to withstand. As is frequently the case with Nicole Kidman, you get a self-conscious, contrived performance rather than a reliable and convincing portrayel of a definitive character with true dimension. As is also frequently the case with her movies, the casting agents deftly placed a reliable supporting actress in the film to counteract her obvious weakness. Renee Zellweger single handedly carried the movie and made it watchable. For this reason, I awarded the film two stars. Her performance makes watching this otherwise
    poorly casted film worthwhile. ...more info
  • Wet Week
    This was visually OK but overlong and not remarkable. As an australian I should be prejudiced but have to say Nicole Kidman overrated. I own this movie but would not sit through it again. One to ten, ten being best, give this one four....more info
  • A Bit Cliched
    Typical Civil War romance built around the conceit that a rebel soldier would desert and then traipse through hell to get back to a woman he kissed once and barely knew before he headed off to war. The film would have you believe that's all the motive Jude Law needed. Times sure must have been a lot more innocent back in 1864. Of course, the soldier finally makes it back more than two hours later, only to die in his lover's arms when shot by some Confederate vigilantes. Nicole Kidman's accent is pretty funny: Aussie tries to sound Southern. Didn't work. Renee Zellweger's part is well done as is Philip Seymour Hoffman's. The battle sequences are pretty realistic, I guess. I didn't fight in the Civil War, though. All in all, quite overrated Hollywood hokum, as usual. Too long, too. But worth a rent or a library borrow....more info
  • Cold Mountain - 102-9484851-2495326
    Anthony Minghella directs this tale based on the best-selling book about wounded Civil War soldier Inman (Jude Law) making the long, treacherous journey to his home in Cold Mountain, N.C. Along the way, he thinks of his love, Ada (Nicole Kidman), who has fought for sanity and her father's farm's survival while Inman has been gone, even with a brave young drifter named Ruby (Renee Zellweger, in an Oscar-winning performance) there to lend a hand....more info
  • Cold Mountain - 102-4169849-9449760
    Anthony Minghella directs this tale based on the best-selling book about wounded Civil War soldier Inman (Jude Law) making the long, treacherous journey to his home in Cold Mountain, N.C. Along the way, he thinks of his love, Ada (Nicole Kidman), who has fought for sanity and her father's farm's survival while Inman has been gone, even with a brave young drifter named Ruby (Renee Zellweger, in an Oscar-winning performance) there to lend a hand....more info
  • Could have been better, but message of film rings forth
    The Cons:
    Perhaps the biggest problem with this film: editing. This film could have been about at least a half an hour less in duration. The first forty to fifty minutes of the movie are a bit lethargic and not essential in terms of building the relationship between Ada and Inman. I tend to concur with the reviewer who said that she contemplated turning it off during this time. Some of this time could have been better spent developing the two main characters. This lack of development is confounding considering that is the crux of the entire story. Their "love" seems to be a little wooden, put together like a quick science project, and you would think for a movie that is two and a half hours they could have done a more decent job intertwining this into Inman leaving for the war. Although the two lovers seem to be inspired by each other, there is nothing that suggests they should, considering they barely know each other. However, alas, the movie does improve.

    The Pros:
    The latter half of the film, which entails Inman's attempted return home and Ada's dealings with her homeland, definitely are worth the ride. Inman continually keeps his survival in tact with the sole thought of one day seeing Ada, and Ada, despite many of the townspeople's beliefs that Inman is dead, wants to hope that he will one day return to her. Ada does not know whether to belief in the sign that she sees in the well of Inman's return.

    Renee Zellweger does a commendable job as Ruby. She brings a breath of fresh air to this movie, and comes just in time to the slow start. Not only this, but she really is the basis for Ada's character to gain strength in hopes of seeing her lost love come home. Ruby and Ada are complete opposites, and yet, by the end of the film, you realize how critical they were to one another's physical and mental survival.

    Overall:
    One of the more prevalent themes of the film is the importance of hope and faith in times of crisis. Every major character has to believe that things will improve at some point, and has to do this when something in their life has become a struggle. With Ruby it is her life with her father that she attempts to comes to terms with. As far as Ada and Inman, they must learn to go on living and existing despite the possibility of never seeing one another. The true testament asserted within the film is overcoming and enduring in life's trials.

    Rating: 3 ? stars ...more info
  • Crows Against the Snow
    North Carolina author Charles Frazier's book gripped me and was a moving tale. When I saw the film, the story came flooding back like a lost acquaintance. I saw the film 3 times in the theatre, bought the DVD and have watched that multiple times. I connect with this movie. It is one of my favorite films. The many aspects of the film come together for me to make it more than the sum of its parts: more than a tale of romance, or the Civil War, or an epic journey, or even a political film touching on abuse of power.

    Anthony Minghella who won the Oscar as Best Director of "The English Patient," served as executive director for another film starring Nicole Kidman ("The Interpreter"), and directed and was nominated for the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for "The Talented Mr. Ripley" that starred Jude Law, does a masterful job with combining these elements. Gabriel Yared's Oscar-nominated gorgeous musical score and John Seale's Oscar-nominated breathtaking cinematography give the picture both sonic and visual elegance. Best Songs Oscar nominees by T-Bone Burnett and Elvis Costello along with Jack White gave the film authentic mountain music. The images of the snow and the swooping crows are some of the most memorable film visuals for me, like watching moving paintings.

    Some have said that the chemistry between Nicole Kidman and Jude Law didn't work. I find that amazing since it played so well for me! They don't have many scenes together, but the attraction and their separation in coming together were breathtaking. While Jude Law was actually rooting for Sean Penn to win the Oscar for "Mystic River," -- not to take anything away from Penn -- I rooted for his controlled, muted, and intensely brooding performance. Jude Law as Inman was one of the best performances I've seen and recalls the strength to internalize of another excellent actor, Paul Newman. When Law finally connects in that cabin and says, "I marry you; I marry you; I marry you," it is one of the most incredible screen moments.

    Nicole Kidman's portrayal of Southern belle Ada Monroe who knows how to speak foreign languages and play piano but has no idea what to do with a chicken or how to plant vegetables is excellent. She reaches many emotional levels from the grief she feels over the loss of her father to her attraction to Inman to the endless waiting and uncertainty to hardships of wartime and fending off the advances of Teague. She well deserved her Oscar nomination.

    Rene Zellweger as Ruby plays it broad and bubbly. She is a bright light of the film giving it common sense, practicality, and humor. In all of her work that I've seen from "The Cinderella Man" to "Bridget Jones' Diary," to "Chicago," Ruby is her most distinctive character; and Zellweger well deserved her Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

    I watched "Closer," the Mike Nichols film that stars Natalie Portman and Jude Law, and then watched "Cold Mountain" which has Portman in a cameo as Sara whose baby Ethan is sick and whose husband has been killed. It's interesting to see the two together in these two different films.

    Law comes upon Sara, spends the night and at her invitation slips platonically into her bed. When the Yankee soldiers come to rob her, Law saves her. The DVD deleted scene shows Law strapping the soldiers' bodies to the horses, sending them away, the baby's death and Sara's suicide. Having seen the film about 6 times before watching the deleted scenes, I think it made Inman's return to Ada all the more powerful as we think he had other choices that he did not pursue. But it does make the DVD scene quite interesting.

    Ray Winstone who was in the Clive Owen "King Arthur" does a good job as the revolting Teague who hunts down & kills deserters. Ethan Suplee's performance as the heavyset mandolin player is priceless as we see his simple character not understand that he is about to be killed. Jack White of White Stripes plays Georgia, the boy that eventually marries Ruby. Donald Sutherland who is one of my favorite underrated actors has a nice cameo as the Reverend Monroe. Kathy Baker from TV's "Picket Fences" has a strong supporting part as Sally Swanger. Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Reverend Veasey has a nice supporting role as the constipated man of the cloth that is weak in ways of the flesh. Giovanni Ribisi as Junior who lures the convicts to his house full of women and then turns them over to the soldiers has a nice cameo. The woman who plays the lady with goats also does a nice job as does the creepy young blond bounty hunter. "Cold Mountain" is one of those films that moves me each time I watch it. The story, the performance, the look and feel of the film all make me say, "Bravo!"
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  • Mo' money, mo' money, mo' money!
    First of all, let me say that it would be extremely difficult to make a movie that would come anywhere close to doing justice to the novel. At least Hollywood this time was trying to make a movie out of an excellent novel-and that's quite a change from the norm. This movie basically was all about cashing in -kaching!- on the success of the novel. Let's go inside the mind of the Producer: "Mmmm...let's see...in order to make money on this movie we have to cast 'stars' in it, someone who has the reputation of bringing people into the movie theater." Thus we get Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, and Renee Zellweger. Law is the only one who had any right to be cast in the movie. Let's face it: Kidman is too good looking, and too old also. I'm sure Pond's cold cream has helped her to look younger than she is, but she still comes across as someone in her thirties. Geez, someone in their thirties in 1864 was soon to be a grandma. Renee Zellweger, though she does do a good job in the movie, is too good looking, too slim and ,yes, too old to play her character. In the novel her character was basically a "plain Jane" type of tomboy.Though he is probably too good looking, Jude Law at least is passable as Inman. I'm from N.C., and believe me all the women here do not look like Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger and Natalie Portman--nor do they where you live either. Even the "homely" one was Renee Zellweger!

    If this movie had been made with actors who could more accurately portray the characters as they were in the novel this movie could have had some major potential. There are drawbacks to creating a "blockbuster movie." The movie wasn't even filmed in N. Carolina, not anywhere close to the real Cold Mountain--it was filmed in Romania (I think) of all places!

    What a great film this could have been. I give the movie three stars basically because the major part of the story is so good, even they couldn't mess it up. It could have easily been a five if the following had happened: film it at Cold Mountain itself, get rid of the marquee stars (not having to pay the miscast Kidman and Zellweger could have saved enough to film it where it should have been filmed), put in more of the unique parts of the novel that made the story so original and nourishing for the reader (e.g., although Inman's time with the old lady was one of the best parts of the book, we just see her in passing.)
    The nude scene in which Inman was captured was one of the most pointless such scenes I've ever seen.But,hey, it'a "blockbuster"
    so somebody's gotta lose their shirt, ya' know!

    If the producer had followed these suggestions he could have produced an excellent movie. But, hey, his intent wasn't to do that but to make mo' money, mo' money, mo' money. I just hope Frazier got a good bit of it, because he deserves it for seeing his excellent novel made into such a mediocre movie.

    Do yourself a huge favor--at least read the book before you see this movie.

    A note: I do own this dvd. I just thought the movie could have been so much better if the above suggestions had been implemented.

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  • LOVE CONQUERS ALL!
    man this movie is a breathtaking love story. it's for sure to be a classic. greatly written, and portrayed. the acting was excellent. i'm sure everyone was touched at one point or another with the story behind this film. it has war, hard times, and a love so deep it surpasses everything and anything. this is greatness. jude law, not much of a big fan, but the man did it for me in this one. no complaints. he was very good. believable, a prince charming. he fought with one thing in mind, his beautiful ada. he must do all that he can to get back to her, it's his will to love, that helps him live. and nicole kidman, love her, great actress. she really brought it here. a women in love, writing, hoping, and dreaming for her inman to return to her. hope is never lost, and her love is never gone. she goes from a woman of high society, to a woman who must do all she can to survive the long winter months. extrodinary performance, and the capacity to keep hope alive through all is great. as for renee zellweger, she was so good in this movie. i loved it. she's a loud mouth, off her rocker tomboy. a thumbs up for her collaboration in this film. she brought the sass, and the "i don't take no bull from nobody" attitude. just right for this film. this has it all. action, drama, love, and survival. when finally they do reunite, there is so much love and passion, you can't help but be happy for them both, finally they become one. although it was sad what happened to inman, it was sadder to see all he and she went through to be together, for the outcome to be this way, but i'm sure they would have preferred that one night together, than a lifetime without each other. and with their daughter it's proof that love conquers all. ...more info