Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

Anthony Minghella (2003)

15 Certificate


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.


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

Ada Monroe Nicole Kidman
Inman Jude Law
Ruby Thewes Renee Zellweger
Teague Ray Winstone
Stobrod Thewes Brendan Gleeson
Rev Veasey Philip Seymour Hoffman
Sara Natalie Portman
Junior Giovanni Ribisi
Rev Monroe Donald Sutherland
Maddy Eileen Atkins
Sally Swanger Kathy Baker
Esco Swanger James Gammon
Georgia Jack White
Director Anthony Minghella
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Violence and sex scenes.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Dec 2003