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Freely adapted from Charles Frazier's belovedbestseller,Cold Mountainboasts an impeccable pedigree as a respectable Civil War love story, offering everything you'd want from a romantic epic except a resonant emotional core. Everything in this sweeping, Odyssean journey depends on believing in the instant love that ignites during averybrief encounter between genteel, city-bred preacher's daughter Ada (Nicole Kidman) and Confederate soldier Inman (Jude Law), who deserts the battlefield to return, weary and wounded, to Ada's inherited farm in the rural town of Cold Mountain, North Carolina. In an epic (but dramatically tenuous) case of absence making hearts grow fonder, Inman endures a treacherous hike fraught with danger (and populated by supporting players including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, and others) while the struggling, inexperienced Ada is aided by the high-spirited Ruby (Renée Zellweger), forming a powerful farming partnership that transforms Ada into a strong, lovelorn survivor. The film's episodic structure slightly weakens its emotional impact, and it's fairly obvious that director Anthony Minghella is striving to repeat the prestigious romanticism of his Oscar®-winning hitThe English Patient. For the most part it works, especially in the dynamic performances of Zellweger and Kidman, and the explosive 1864 battle of Petersburg, Virginia, is recreated with violent, percussive intensity. Those who admired Frazier's novel may regret some of the changes made in Minghella's adaptation (the ending is particularly altered), butCold Mountainremains a high-class example of grand, old-fashioned filmmaking, boosted by star power of the highest order.--Jeff Shannon
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CastNicole Kidman, Eileen Atkins, Renée Zellweger, Brendan Gleeson, Jude Law
DirectorAnthony Minghella
Screen WriterAnthony Minghella, Charles Frazier
DVD Release Date:  June 29, 2004
Runtime:  154 minutes
Studio:  Miramax Home Entertainment
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For me, this film would have had much greater dramatic impact had director Anthony Minghella not attempted to cover too much, or if that coverage had been in sharper focus and more cohesive. Adapted by him from Charles Frazier's novel Cold Mountain, his film examines     * a Civil War South variation on Odysseus's return to Ithaca    * an implausible romance between Ada Monroe (Nicole Kidman) and Inman (Jude Law)    * the horrors of war …
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