Cold Mountain 2003

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This US Civil War saga examines romance, friendship and the ravages of war. Ada is a lady and daughter of a preacher who waits for her love Inman to return from war, while learning survival skills from no-nonsense Ruby. Wounded, Inman slowly works his way back to Ada despite being a Confederate deserter.

Starring:
Jude Law,Nicole Kidman
Runtime:
2 hours, 28 minutes

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Cold Mountain

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Romance, Historical
Director Anthony Minghella
Starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman
Supporting actors Renee Zellweger, Natalie Portman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Giovanni Ribisi, Brendan Gleeson, Charlie Hunnam, Ray Winstone, Donald Sutherland, Jena Malone, Eileen Atkins, Kathy Baker, Lucas Black, Emily Deschanel
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Chris Day on 29 April 2004
Format: DVD
Cold Mountain is by all accounts a love story. I say STORY with strongemphasis; I have seen too many films which may have quite enough love butvery little by way of story. Cold Mountain is the name of the village thatthe film focuses upon with the basic plot of the film being the varioushappenings and goings on there during the American Civil War. A greatstrength of this film is its ability to set the scene and allow theaudience's mind to fully appreciate this beautifully constructed periodpiece. The characters are equally absorbing, and the audience findthemselves really caring for their welfare. Leading characters Inman (Law)and Ada (Kidman) are wonderfully acted, giving depth to the love storybetween the two. Secondary characters are not without their charm.Zellweger gives a wonderful performance in an unusual role, providingtouching comedy at regular intervals.
The soundtrack to the film adds greatly to its atmosphere, with bluegrassfeaturing prominently, and the songs showing a wonderfully resoluteoptimism to the sorrows of the civil war. As well as featuring in thesoundtrack, Jack White (of 'The White Stripes' fame) makes his actingdebut. Although his acting ability is not on par with Kidman or Law, hepossesses the ability to convey emotion through his music at an equal ifnot greater level.
As a whole this is one of the greatest films I have seen in a long time.It is beautifully acted, has an interesting and moving story and ismasterfully approached by director Minghella. A journey in film if everthere was one, this is definitely worth the trip to the cinema.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
This ambitious, epic, mostly successful film is based on not one but two of my favourite books: Charles Frazier`s great novel of the same name, which is in its turn loosely based on Homer`s Odyssey. It was the second film of the new century to be based on Homer`s classic tale of a soldier trying, against almost insurmountable obstacles, to get home to his woman, the other being the Coen Brothers` wonderful O Brother, Where Art Thou?
It`s a gorgeous film to look at, filmed mainly on location in the Carolinas and Virginia. The South has rarely appeared so ravishing. But pretty pictures do not a good film make, so it`s lucky the late Anthony Minghella`s film benefits from some superb performances - as well as one or two dubious ones.
In the central roles of Inman (Odysseus/Noman in the Odyssey) and Ada (Penelope) are Jude law, who has seldom been this powerful or seemed this committed, and Nicole Kidman, who is a little too old in the part, but pulls out all the necessary emotional stops, finally convincing in a tough role.
Renee Zellweger is funny and discreetly scene-stealing in her Oscar-winning role as Ruby, who moves in with Ada and gets the farm back on its feet.
Other roles - many of them brief cameos - are taken by Donald Sutherland, lovely as Ada`s priest father, Philip Seymour Hoffman as a somewhat different kind of priest, Kathy Baker excellent as the women`s loyal friend, Giovanni Ribisi typically slippery as a householder with a family of sluttish daughters, and Ray Winstone effective in a meaty part as self-styled lawman Teague, but with a roaming American accent (he really shouldn`t be asked to play Americans, he simply can`t keep up the accent, sounding like a Cockney Confederate throughout).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dodster TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Jun. 2009
Format: DVD
I came to this as after thought having read an American civil war novel. Very glad I did. The story is of the futility of war and the corruption that comes with unchecked power, but through it all is very touching love story.
Nicole Kidman and Jude Law are fabulous, as is Renee Zellweger in a very unusual role. There are also nice cameos from Emily Deschannel (Bones) and Natalie Portman.
The movie starts with some fairly graphic war scenes that set the scene for the love story. As I said, the love story is very bittersweet, so be prepared!
Fabulous, highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anonymous77 on 25 May 2009
Format: DVD
I really enjoyed this movie. It was slow to start as the previous review said but as far as being boring I totally disagree- each to their own. I am not a big fan of either Nicole Kidman or Jude Law and so had low expectations but I thought they were both excellent in their roles and this is why it was a pleasant surprise for me. I personally found the underlying theme of the two main characters shared destiny is what makes this film. Definately worth seeing if you like a medium paced epic.
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I didn't expect much from this film - I saw it just because I was going to the movies with my mother and she wanted to see it. Well, I am really glad that I agreed. I was ready for the worst considering that I don't like Nicole Kidman (I find that she has a mean face) and I am not really a great fan of Renee Zellweiger. But I was pleasantly surprised and even more - carried away.

This is the kind of movie you do not see so much nowadays, the kind of stuff that Hollywood mostly stopped to make in the end of 60's. I almost had the impression that the ghosts of Bettie Davis ("Jezebel") and Vivien Leigh ("Gone with the wind") were watching Nicole Kidman with approval and a friendly smile - it must be the first movie in which I almost forgot that I can't stand her.

The story is REALLY GOOD. And sad and violent - sometimes almost unbearable. The acting is great, the visual aspect of the movie even better. The introductory sequence (battle of Crater) is amazing. Renee Zellweiger gives a great performance (the best in the whole movie). And then there is the INCREDIBLE Natalie Portman, in an episodic but very memorable role.

My advice: see it - if possible more than once. And then one more time. Enjoy!
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