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'Brokeback' Goes Mainstream
CBS News ^ | January 27, 2006

Posted on 01/27/2006 11:45:30 AM PST by Daralundy

When "Brokeback Mountain" opened last month, it was universally praised by critics, though the public seemed to think of it as "the gay cowboy movie."

But that label seems to be falling by the wayside as the film piles on awards and heads for the top of the box office, according to The Early Show entertainment contributor and People magazine Editor at Large Jess Cagle.

He says "Brokeback" was considered a major financial risk, but has raked in close to $45 million dollars so far, more than triple its modest budget.

And what's most surprising, Cagle observes, is who's driving the film's ever-growing popularity.

"Brokeback" is the story of a doomed love affair between two Wyoming cowboys.

Star Heath Ledger was drawn to the role despite the film's sensitive subject matter because "the story was so heavy and beautiful, and (because of) the opportunity to investigate this character, this incredibly complex figure."

After winning four Golden Globes last week, including best drama, "Brokeback Mountain" ticket sales soared.

You might think big cities are driving the film's success, but it goes much deeper than that, Cagle notes.

"What's driving the astonishing grosses for this movie," says Focus Features Co-President James Schamus, "is the numbers coming out of places like Little Rock (Ark.) and Billings, Mont. and Salt Lake City and Columbus (Ohio) and Pittsburgh. The film is doing business in every corner of America."

City slickers and country dwellers alike are lining up for "Brokeback," despite concerns that some moviegoers would shun the film because of its untraditional theme.

Now, it's arguably become the country's hottest date movie, Cagle says.

"It has become," Schamus says, "officially uncool as a guy to say 'No' to your girlfriend to this movie.

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1 posted on 01/27/2006 11:45:32 AM PST by Daralundy
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To: Daralundy

Not good. I've been told 5 times I look like the Jake guy from that movie. Don't know if it's good to look like a gay cowboy.


2 posted on 01/27/2006 11:46:23 AM PST by freedom44
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To: Daralundy
"It has become," Schamus says, "officially uncool as a guy to say 'No' to your girlfriend to this movie.

I'm betting Schamus is as queer as a three dollar bill.

3 posted on 01/27/2006 11:47:08 AM PST by Flavius Josephus (Enemy Idealogies: Pacifism, Liberalism, and Feminism.)
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To: Daralundy
Ewwwwwwwwww... who goes to see two cowhands doing it like goats rubbed together? Not this retrosexual.

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4 posted on 01/27/2006 11:48:04 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Daralundy

I though they were citing "gross per theater" and keeping that number high by limiting the number of theaters. I can't believe that movie is as "mainstream" as they are trying to make it appear.


5 posted on 01/27/2006 11:48:40 AM PST by lady lawyer
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To: Daralundy
"It has become," Schamus says, "officially uncool as a guy to say 'No' to your girlfriend to this movie.

Only if you're a gutless metrosexual dating a fag hag. I suspect this is all wishful thinking on the part of the moviemakers. Trendy art theaters in college towns may boost sales, but this movie will never be mainstream.
6 posted on 01/27/2006 11:49:10 AM PST by fr_freak
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To: Daralundy
Another gay sheepherder film thread?


7 posted on 01/27/2006 11:49:23 AM PST by Albion Wilde (America will not run, and we will not forget our responsibilities. George W. Bush)
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To: Daralundy

Gays and nitwit women are flocking to see this movie. Has nothing to do with mainstream America.

And for the 5 billionth time, let's clarify that this movie is about gay sheep herders...not cowboys.


8 posted on 01/27/2006 11:49:33 AM PST by peyton randolph (As long is it does me no harm, I don't care if one worships Elmer Fudd.)
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To: Daralundy
The problem w/ "news" like this is that it comes from a discredited source, CBS, and it fits the premise that they want it to be true so much that would publish it whether it were true or not.

Frankly, I have a real hard time believing this movie made any money in pittsburgh.

10 posted on 01/27/2006 11:50:07 AM PST by Pietro
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To: Flavius Josephus
"officially uncool as a guy to say 'No' to your girlfriend to this movie

It is NOT a 'chick flick'. Take her to see Memoirs of a Geisha instead.

11 posted on 01/27/2006 11:50:14 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Daralundy
Millions of females dragging their dates to see this. A total chick flick.

Sort of a Lysistrata phenomenon.

What a way for a guy to have to prove his love. All I can think of is Al Bundy having to sit through the director's cut of Bridges of Madison County, with 20 extra minutes of footage that wasn't shown in the theater.


12 posted on 01/27/2006 11:50:24 AM PST by Maceman (Fake but accurate -- and now double-sourced)
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To: Flavius Josephus

It has always been officially uncool to let your girlfriend boss you around.

It has always been officially uncool to let your girlfriend force you to see more than one chick flick a year.

It has always been officially uncool to let your girlfriend force you to see a gay cowboy movie.


13 posted on 01/27/2006 11:50:35 AM PST by jbenedic2 (Nothing new for the New York Times)
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To: freedom44

If they start saying you look like him from behind, I guess you oughta run. 'Course I don't know whether he was pitchin' or catchin' there in "Bareback Mounting".


14 posted on 01/27/2006 11:50:43 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: freedom44
Not good. I've been told 5 times I look like the Jake guy from that movie. Don't know if it's good to look like a gay cowboy.

You don't know? Let me give you some advise. If someone offers you some puddin, and it aint Bill Cosby, RUN!!!!!!

15 posted on 01/27/2006 11:50:53 AM PST by Bommer (Ted Kennedy - Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life!)
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To: Flavius Josephus
I'm betting Schamus is as queer as a three dollar bill.

Just because he can't make a comprehensible sentence?

16 posted on 01/27/2006 11:51:26 AM PST by Shalom Israel (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.)
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To: Flavius Josephus
"Now, it's arguably become the country's hottest date movie, Cagle says. "It has become," Schamus says, "officially uncool as a guy to say 'No' to your girlfriend to this movie.

This article is the usual MSM propaganda, shamelessly flacking for a movie approved by the politically correct bozos who try to push their ideas and lifestyles on everyone else. It could only possibly be a "hot date movie" for people who share the lifestyle and/or are highly sympathetic.
17 posted on 01/27/2006 11:51:38 AM PST by Enchante (Democrats: "We are ALL broken and worn out, our party & ideas, what else is new?")
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To: Flavius Josephus

Thats total propaganda. It is cool not to see this pile of garbage.


18 posted on 01/27/2006 11:52:03 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Flavius Josephus
I'd dump her before I saw it. There are some things a man won't watch and this ain't my idea of a cool date movie. So yeah, "Brokeback Mountain's" a relationship deal killer for straight guys.

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19 posted on 01/27/2006 11:52:14 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Daralundy
Now, it's arguably become the country's hottest date movie, Cagle says. "It has become," Schamus says, "officially uncool as a guy to say 'No' to your girlfriend to this movie.

Uncool is now cool.

21 posted on 01/27/2006 11:52:24 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: Daralundy
but has raked in close to $45 million dollars so far, more than triple its modest budget.

Didn't the penguin movie take in more than that in its first couple of days?

22 posted on 01/27/2006 11:52:33 AM PST by Publius6961
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To: freedom44

I just saw a blurb on the crawler under cable news........

"gay cowboy" is officially redundant.


23 posted on 01/27/2006 11:52:40 AM PST by WhiteGuy (Vote out all incumbents and pass term limits now.)
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To: Daralundy

Gross , the very idea of men behaving like that is just to weird for me. I don't know anyone claiming they are going or have gone to see it.


24 posted on 01/27/2006 11:52:48 AM PST by linn37 (Have you hugged your Phlebotomist today?)
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To: Daralundy

Star Heath Ledger was drawn to the role despite the film's sensitive subject matter because "the story was so heavy and beautiful, and (because of) the opportunity to investigate this character, this incredibly complex figure."

He had to get in touch with his innner queer side lol


25 posted on 01/27/2006 11:53:16 AM PST by lakeman (when a marine kills the only thing he feels is the recoil of his rifle)
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26 posted on 01/27/2006 11:53:58 AM PST by HawaiianGecko (Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.)
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27 posted on 01/27/2006 11:54:00 AM PST by HawaiianGecko (Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.)
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To: Albion Wilde

I know, but it was a little depressing that this movie has made $45 million. Probably means there will be more and more of 'em. I may never see a movie again.


28 posted on 01/27/2006 11:54:04 AM PST by Daralundy
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To: AntiTax

That's already more than I want to know about it.


29 posted on 01/27/2006 11:54:21 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: freedom44
Don't know if it's good to look like a gay cowboy.

There ain't no gay cowboys, only gay caballeros.

And even if there were, there still ain't any.

Didn't those guys herd sheep or somethin?  :-)

30 posted on 01/27/2006 11:54:28 AM PST by Racehorse (Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)
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To: AntiTax

Yes, I have heard it is a very good movie.

And it's got Heath Ledgar in it...I'd rather watch him kiss me, though.


32 posted on 01/27/2006 11:55:35 AM PST by peacebaby (What's Badonka Don't got to do with Honkey Tonk?)
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To: lady lawyer
"gross per theater"

Maximum gross-outs per theater is more like it.

33 posted on 01/27/2006 11:55:35 AM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: AntiTax

I thought you said you didn't know what it was about


34 posted on 01/27/2006 11:55:59 AM PST by lakeman (when a marine kills the only thing he feels is the recoil of his rifle)
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To: AntiTax

That'd be enough for me to get myself a new gilrfriend, but that's just me.


37 posted on 01/27/2006 11:57:33 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: AntiTax

I will, thanks for the recommendation.


38 posted on 01/27/2006 11:58:48 AM PST by peacebaby (What's Badonka Don't got to do with Honkey Tonk?)
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To: Daralundy

Well, I'm safe from having to face the stigma of being "uncool."

Mrs. Southside 1. Doesn't like westerns and 2. Especially wouldn't like this "western." She does like "love stories" but I don't believe this one would be her cup of tea.

As for me, I like my cowboys, sheepherders, etc., the same way I like my whiskey -- straight.


39 posted on 01/27/2006 11:59:14 AM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican (Just say "No" to Judy Baar Topinka)
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To: Daralundy
I may never see a movie again.

I hardly ever go see them now. So much for really trying to appeal to "The Passion of the Christ" crowd.

40 posted on 01/27/2006 11:59:39 AM PST by Tamar1973 (There's NOTHING I need at 5 a.m., except more sleep!!!!!)
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To: Daralundy
The top 342 films in the USA of all time begin at $100,000 gross and range up to $600,000. This film is at $42K. Hardly an all-timer.
42 posted on 01/27/2006 12:01:50 PM PST by Albion Wilde (America will not run, and we will not forget our responsibilities. George W. Bush)
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?Star Heath Ledger was drawn to the role despite the film's sensitive subject matter because "the story was so heavy and beautiful, and (because of) the opportunity to investigate this character, this incredibly complex figure."

And because he is a closet homo. John Wayne would NEVER have played a sissy-boy, gay sheephearder.

43 posted on 01/27/2006 12:02:45 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Daralundy
Star Heath Ledger was drawn to the role despite the film's sensitive subject matter because "the story was so heavy and beautiful, and (because of) the opportunity to investigate this character, this incredibly complex figure."

What really drew Heath Ledger to the role? Gay movies are always winners of Oscars and Golden Globe, putting him into a higher pay bracket for his future movie roles.
44 posted on 01/27/2006 12:02:53 PM PST by uncitizen
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To: Daralundy
For the last time: They're shepherds!
45 posted on 01/27/2006 12:04:12 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: AntiTax
. . . she has good taste in movies

What other films does she like?

Can't say I've seen all the brokedown threads, but this seems to be one where some Conservatives actually like the thing.

46 posted on 01/27/2006 12:05:20 PM PST by Racehorse (Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)
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To: Daralundy
"It has become," Schamus says, "officially uncool as a guy to say 'No' to your girlfriend to this movie.

Like, hell! Everybody has their limits, and ain't no "girlfriend" worth compromising everything over.

47 posted on 01/27/2006 12:06:19 PM PST by Clock King ("How will it end?" - Emperor; "In Fire." - Kosh)
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To: Daralundy

Mark Steyn's review (caution: language):

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

“You know I ain’t queer,” Ennis Del Mar says to Jack Twist. “Me neither,” says Jack. Then they get back to having sex with each other, high up in the hills of Wyoming.

I would have liked to see Brokeback Mountain with a Wyoming crowd, or at any rate an audience of rugged laconic men in tight jeans, such as Jack and Ennis. Unfortunately, Brokeback doesn’t appear to be playing in any rural districts other than, er, the Hamptons and Provincetown. So I had to go and see it in Montreal, where its author, Annie Proulx, once attended Sir George Williams University. The joint was packed, and you could have heard a pin drop when Jake Gyllenhaal’s pants dropped.

I like Ms Proulx’s books not because of the characters or the plots but because she’s spent much of her life roaming the same turf I have – Vermont, Quebec, Newfoundland – and she’s got a tremendous ability to capture the essence of the land, and in particular the way a harsh land shapes the character of its people. She began writing fiction in the Seventies, for Gray’s Sporting Journal, which wanted hunting stories about men called Zack, and she co-founded a local newspaper in my part of the world called Behind The Times (“All The News That’s Kept Till Now”), and in both she did a better job than most liberal progressive artsy types do of accepting country folk as they are. “I lean toward realism, not myth,” she says.

But when you take a short story and make a movie of it realism turns all mythic. For a start, Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar become two rising male stars – Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. You get a big orchestral score and tag lines on the posters (“Love Is A Force Of Nature”) and, though the western literary tradition is not just Zane Grey and Bret Harte but also Willa Cather, when you put your fellows up on screen in cowboy hats on horses against the big sky of Wyoming, it looks far more explicitly like a gay take on the manliest of Hollywood genres: Queer Eye For The Straight-Shootin’ Guy .

Ang Lee’s opening is very good: two young men who don’t know each other wait outside a shabby trailer to be called in and offered a sheep-herding job, in the summer of ‘63. They say nothing, because they’re from a culture where to be a man is to be taciturn. So they stare into the distance, kick a little dust, lean against the truck, and steal an occasional glance at the other.

They don’t really talk much for the rest of the movie. But one chilly night, alone up on Brokeback Mountain, in the early hours in a pokey tent, something clicks. I’m no expert in gay seduction but I found this scene oddly unpersuasive: they go from opposite ends of the tent to penetrative anal sex in about six seconds.

Four years later, Ennis is a fitfully employed ranch-hand married to Alma (the sweetly affecting Michelle Williams) and they live above a laundromat with their two girls, and Jack is a tractor salesman down in Texas married to the boss’ cowgirl daughter Lureen (Anne Hathaway) and the father of a little boy. They hook up again, and, as Jake gets out of the truck, they fall on each other hungrily in the shadow of the steps to Ennis’ apartment. And upstairs Alma happens to look down and see them kissing, and in one bewildered moment the assumptions of her life crack apart. The guys depart on a “fishing trip”, the first of many over the years, from which Ennis never brings home any fish.

And from that point on the film settles down into not so much a “gay western” but a gay version of Same Time Next Year: the kids get older, the Sixties become the Seventies, Ennis divorces, Jack grows a moustache, but they still go up the hill thrice a year for “a couple of high-altitude f***s”, as he puts it. Which, to be honest, is a better summation of their relationship than “Love Is A Force Of Nature”.

In fact, across two-and-a-quarter hours, there’s not a lot of evidence of “love”, as opposed to a much-needed sexual release. For its urban audiences, Brokeback is a new wrinkle on one of the oldest gay fantasies: the masculine man who likes sex with men. So it’s a gay love story with ungaylike protagonists – Straight Eye For The Queer Guy. In the distaff answer to lezzie porn for het men, for the gals it’s a gabby chick flick with uncommunicative tough guys.

But by the end of a bleak portrait of failed lonely lives, with one of the lads cheating on the other with ranch-managers and Mexican rent-boys, you’re not even sure how gay-friendly the thing is: are the men bad uninterested parents because society’s forced them to live a lie or because they’re the sad self-destructive prisoners of their sexual appetites? And, if it’s such a “bold” “courageous” “ground-breaking” film, isn’t it a little ridiculous that a gay male love story has Miss Williams and Miss Hathaway both baring their breasts with straight abandon while Messrs Ledger and Gyllenhaal’s penises remain discreetly tucked away? Instinctively, Ang Lee seems to understand that even this film’s audience wants to keep some things closeted.


48 posted on 01/27/2006 12:07:13 PM PST by Rummyfan
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