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on February 3, 2016
One of my faves. Great in every respect.
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This is an epic movie, both in the location where it was shot as well as the ancient tale of the man off to war while the woman he loves waits for him to return. The area is Cold Mountain, North Carolina and as the political situation becomes even more tense, there is talk of civil war. Not all are in favor of what they consider to be a rash course of action, but when North Carolina secedes, most of the men in the area eagerly join the newly formed Confederate Army. A few men stay behind to form what is called the “Home Guard” and unfortunately they are a brutal group.
Academy Award nominee Jude Law plays a Confederate soldier named Inman and Nicole Kidman is his love, a woman named Ada. Severely wounded in action, Inman deserts and begins walking back to Cold Mountain. The women and the remaining men at Cold Mountain begin to suffer wartime deprivations and the Home Guard are brutal to the people that don’t conform to what they consider to be a suitable level of zeal for a war that they are not fighting.
As Inman struggles to get back to Cold Mountain, Ada is forced to reject the advances of the leader of the Home Guard and she is warned about harboring deserters. Fortunately, Ada is joined at her farm by a fiesty and energetic woman played by Renee Zellweger, she is quick of tongue and not one to tolerate loafers. In many ways, Zellweger begins to dominate, it is easy to see why she received an Academy Award for her performance.
One disturbing feature is the brutality exhibited by the Confederate Home Guard, they do not hesitate to torture and kill their own people if they are suspected of harboring those that are trying to avoid fighting. Even women and children are not exempt from their misguided wrath.
The movie has some great scenery and all that were nominated for Academy Awards clearly deserved the honor. It takes one of the oldest love stories of all, the man off to war, and presents it in a realistic manner. The women, children and old men are left at the mercy of the elements and the people that prey on the newly vulnerable. The war ends and life goes on, but there is a lot of suffering before that can happen.
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on January 1, 2016
Very nice movie. Very really good actor performance and I am recommending to everybody whose like a nice serious and connected to real life movies. The delivery service also was amazing. Everything come on time and very good condition.
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on July 25, 2015
excellent movie
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on July 23, 2015
This movie was well written and documented as a historic fictional drama. Jude Law and Nicole Kidman delivered, while Renee Zellweger and Natalie Portman excelled in their roles. Seymour Hoffman portrayed a tragic villain very well. The movie gave a dark and raw emotion during the civil war.
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on March 16, 2015
Excellent movie with a terrific cast. ! Renee shines in this movie ! Amazing acting ability!
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on March 13, 2015
I very underrated movie. This (and Atonement) are among the best romance movies of the 21st century. A star-studded, and performance surprising film.
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on January 23, 2015
I have lost the DVD and had to buy it again. One of the best movies I have ever seen.
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on December 1, 2014
Great movie, great actors. The service was great as well.
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on April 25, 2014
Classic American Civil War Movie that I gave to a Relative as a Gift. It was thoroughly enjoyed by the Whole Family
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