Cold Mountain

  • 15
  • Anthony Minghella (2003)
  • US / UK / Rom / It
  • 147 min
Cold Mountain
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

The dream-team pairing of Jude Law and Nicole Kidman here delivers decidedly less on screen than it must have promised on paper. But it's not entirely the fault of the two leads, as Charles Frazier's award-winning novel dictates that they are kept apart for long stretches of this American Civil War drama. Law and Kidman play southern sweethearts who become separated when he heads off to fight for the Confederacy. The film then follows both his odyssey back from the front, with all the people and perils he encounters en route, and her struggle to survive on the cold mountain of the title. Along the way, Kidman is helped out by a drifter, played rather over-tetchily by Renée Zellweger. Director Anthony Minghella's film is beautifully shot by John Seale and has some great moments, but sadly these are too few and far between. With a running time of over two-and-a-half hours, the abiding impression is of an experience that seems to last almost as long as the Civil War itself.

Plot Summary

Epic wartime romantic drama starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renée Zellweger. Virginia, 1864: following the Battle of the Crater at Petersburg, war-weary Confederate soldier WP Inman goes AWOL from a field hospital and begins the 300-mile trek back to his home, Cold Mountain in North Carolina, and his beautiful new wife.

Cast and crew

Cast

WP Inman
Jude Law
Ada Monroe
Nicole Kidman
Ruby Thewes
Renée Zellweger
Reverend Monroe
Donald Sutherland
Teague
Ray Winstone
Stobrod Thewes
Brendan Gleeson
Reverend Veasey
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Sara
Natalie Portman
Sally Swanger
Kathy Baker
Esco Swanger
James Gammon
Junior
Giovanni Ribisi
Maddy
Eileen Atkins
Bosie
Charlie Hunnam
Ferry girl
Jena Malone
Pangle
Ethan Suplee
Georgia
Jack White (3)
Oakley
Lucas Black
Lila
Melora Walters
Bardolph
Cillian Murphy
Shyla
Taryn Manning
Blind man
Tom Aldredge
Doctor
James Rebhorn

Crew

Director
Anthony Minghella

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Guidance: 
Violence and sex scenes.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 26 Dec 2003
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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