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Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

Anthony Minghella (2003)

147min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

A soldier serving in the American Civil War deserts his post and makes a long journey home to the woman he loves. She faces challenges of her own, as she struggles to run her dead father's farm and stop the cruel leader of the local home guard stealing her land. Anthony Minghella's period drama, starring Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Renee Zellweger, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman and Donald Sutherland.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Anthony Minghella
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Other Information

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

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