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''Brokeback Mountain'' originated as a 1997 short story by Annie Proulx but became a household name by way of a faithful 2005 film adaptation.

In 1963 Wyoming, two young cowboys, Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, take a summer job herding sheep on the slopes of the titular mountain. Over two months, the men (almost completely isolated from the rest of the world) first strike up a friendship, then a romance. However, they mutually see this as ending along with the job, especially as Ennis is engaged to Alma Beers back home. They go their separate ways; Ennis marries Alma and raises a family with her, and Jack finds his own wife and family with Lureen Newsome.

However, four years later Jack decides to contact Ennis and the two men re-establish ties, realizing that they both still love each other. Over the next decade-and-a-half, they carry on an affair with each other by way of "fishing trips." No one is completely happy though -- Ennis is unwilling to cut ties with his family and start a fresh life with Jack (in part out of guilt and confusion, in part out of awareness of what could happen to them if the world found out about their relationship), Alma knows what's going on from the moment the men are reunited and suffers in silence for years before divorcing Ennis, and Jack's own marriage becomes lifeless.

The film adaptation, directed by Ang Lee and starring HeathLedger and Jake Gyllenhaal as Ennis and Jack, got a lot of attention before it premiered simply for the premise; soon it was widely known as "the gay cowboy movie." (Even though they were shepherds, not cowboys.) Between praise from many film critics and massive controversy thanks to MoralGuardians, the modestly-budgeted film became a profitable box-office success. Fitting many facets of the RuleAbidingRebel trope (a story more conventional than it initially sounds, commentators and critics jumping all over it, etc.), it evoked some HypeBacklash and inspired '''many''' spoofs, but it also touched a lot of hearts. At the end of the day, the film won Oscars for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score. Arguably it was remembered even more fondly following Heath Ledger's death.

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!!This story and its film adaptation contain examples of:

* {{Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder}}: Jack and Ennis start new families after leaving Brokeback Mountain; however, they soon return, despite only much later seperating (legally and emotionally) from their wives.
* AdaptationExpansion: The movie goes into more detail on the men's lives apart from each other, particularly Ennis'.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Del Mar and Twist aren't described as being particularly good-looking in Proulx's short story. They're played by HeathLedger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
* AmbiguouslyGay: The men themselves. It's clear they're in love with each other, but debate rages over whether it's a SingleTargetSexuality or if they were simply too closeted to ever be with other men. The fact that Jack solicits a male prostitute down in Mexico (as well as the implication of a relationship with the male half of a couple he and his wife have befriended) leads many to believe he's gay, whereas Ennis' sexuality is much more ambiguous.
-->'''From the short story''': "Ennis pulled Jack's hand to his mouth, took a hit from the cigarette, exhaled. "Sure as hell seem in one piece to me. You know, I was sittin up here all that time tryin to figure out if I was-? I know I ain't. I mean here we both got wives and kids, right? I like doin' it with women, yeah, but Jesus H., ain't nothin' like this. I never had no thoughts a doin it with another guy except I sure wrang it out a hunderd times thinkin about you. You do it with other guys? Jack?"
-->"Shit no," said Jack, who had been riding more than bulls, not rolling his own.
* [[spoiler:BuryYourGays: Jack is killed in what is said to be an accident, but Ennis suspects otherwise. Somewhat justified due to the setting and time period. A key reason Ennis keeps his feelings close to the chest is because as a child he literally saw what became of a gay man who didn't hide his orientation (and doesn't even discount the possibility his own father helped kill the man); this is why when he is told of the accident that killed Jack, he sees in his mind a similar killing as what really happened.]]
* TheBeard: Both boys have them. But whereas Lureen dispassionately manages Jack's accounts and is semi-aware of his habits, Ennis neglects and resents the women in his life.
* ButNotTooGay: A common complaint is how little screen time the intimacy between the men got compared to the relationships to their wives.
** Though the main sex scene between them was relatively explicit.
* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: [[spoiler:Jack]] while "fixing a flat."
* [[Main/{{Cowboy}} Cowboys]]: The job they took was sheep herding, of course, but they do fit the trope in that Ennis is a working cowboy and Jack is a rodeo rider.
* ClintSquint: Ennis's departing scene with Jack. ''"Now you listen here Jack-[[PrecisionFStrike fuckin']]-Twist..."''
* DefrostingIceQueen: Inverted with Lureen, who frosts up as the years pass.
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding]]: Excuse me... [[SandInMyEyes I have something in my eye]].
* EverythingsWorseWithBears: As Ennis can attest.
* {{Flashback}}: Two -- [[spoiler:Ennis' childhood memory of being taken to see the remains of a murdered gay man, and Jack's memory of Ennis holding him during their summer on Brokeback]].
* {{Gay Cowboy}}s: one of the most famous examples. Except that they're shepherds.
* {{Gayngst}}
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: The entire movie.
* GoodParents: Jack's Mother, as far as we can tell. [[spoiler:When Ennis shows up after Jack's death, they seem pretty clear on what his relationship was with their son, while Jack's father makes it clear he viewed his son as a failure, Jack's mother is clearly devastated at her son's death and welcomes Ennis. She asks him to come back someday and visit and lets him take Jack's shirt - even placing it in a bag for him.]]
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Basically their entire cultural background demanded it as an absolute.
** I ain't queer.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: Possible explanation of Ennis's feelings for Jack.
* IKEAErotica: The tent scene. Anyone who tries anal sex like that is in for a world of hurt.
* InnocentCohabitation: Jack and Ennis on their first trip to Brokeback Mountain.
* LieBackAndThinkOfEngland: Judging by Ennis's sexual position with Alma.
* LongDistanceRelationship
* LoveTriangle: Ennis is loved by both Jack and Alma. (It's unclear when Jack's wife Lureen found out about the relationship he has with Ennis, and it isn't as important to the plot.)
* MarriedToTheJob: The men have an argument ([[spoiler:on what turns out to be their last trip]]) because Ennis cannot make the trips as frequently due to his job. While before he was willing to quit jobs to take the trips, now (after the divorce and needing to pay child support) he needs the money too badly to quit. This inspires Jack to name-drop the trope.
* NewOldWest
* NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals: Ang Lee had already sworn off ever making another movie featuring sheep after horrible experiences making ''Film/SenseAndSensibility''... and apparently they were even worse here.
* NoBisexuals: Some people are annoyed that this is referred to as they gay cowboy movie and Jack and Ennis are commonly called gay, when in fact they may well be bisexual. Bisexual activists have used this movie as an example of 'bisexual erasure'.
* PlayingAgainstType: AnneHathaway as Lureen; this was one of several roles that moved her away from the ContractualPurity reputation she had at the time.
* {{Pornstache}}: Jack grows one in later years.
* ReunionKiss: After seeing each other for the first time in four years, they try to stick to a simple ManHug - and then Ennis proceeds to slam Jack up against the wall and kiss him like he'd die the second he stopped. It's just a little heartwarming... *sniff*
* SceneryPorn: Mostly in the first third, chronicling the summer on Brokeback, but shows up from time to time in the remainder (especially their trips together).
** This is even lampshaded on several occasions, even in instances which probably make this trope very plot relevant.
** Some critics have stated that the mountain is the best character in the film.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: With regards to their relationship, Jack is closer to the idealistic side, believing that he and Ennis could have a happy life together as a couple. Ennis is more cynical, due in part to his greater awareness of societal prejudice.
* StarCrossedLovers: Ultimately, it's society that keeps the men apart more than anything else.
* StraightGay
* TheStoic: Ennis, though this is played with as being something of a mask.
* SympatheticAdulterer: Jack and Ennis. They were more or less forced to marry and never forgot about each other.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Jack. He never cared about money and just wanted to live in a cabin with Ennis.]]
* TransparentCloset: They're ''so'' not subtle when they're together.
** And by the end of the movie, [[spoiler:it seems like Jack's parents and wife knew.]]
* UnreliableVoiceover: When Lureen tells Ennis [[spoiler: how Jack died]], we see the (probably) real story, but WordOfGod says that it was left "deliberately ambiguous".
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''Brokeback Mountain'' originated as a 1997 short story by Annie Proulx but became a household name by way of a faithful 2005 film adaptation.

In 1963 Wyoming, two young cowboys, Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, take a summer job herding sheep on the slopes of the titular mountain. Over two months, the men (almost completely isolated from the rest of the world) first strike up a friendship, then a romance. However, they mutually see this as ending along with the job, especially as Ennis is engaged to Alma Beers back home. They go their separate ways; Ennis marries Alma and raises a family with her, and Jack finds his own wife and family with Lureen Newsome.

However, four years later Jack decides to contact Ennis and the two men re-establish ties, realizing that they both still love each other. Over the next decade-and-a-half, they carry on an affair with each other by way of "fishing trips." No one is completely happy though -- Ennis is unwilling to cut ties with his family and start a fresh life with Jack (in part out of guilt and confusion, in part out of awareness of what could happen to them if the world found out about their relationship), Alma knows what's going on from the moment the men are reunited and suffers in silence for years before divorcing Ennis, and Jack's own marriage becomes lifeless.

The film adaptation, directed by Ang Lee and starring HeathLedger and Jake Gyllenhaal as Ennis and Jack, got a lot of attention before it premiered simply for the premise; soon it was widely known as "the gay cowboy movie." (Even though they were shepherds, not cowboys.) Between praise from many film critics and massive controversy thanks to MoralGuardians, the modestly-budgeted film became a profitable box-office success. Fitting many facets of the RuleAbidingRebel trope (a story more conventional than it initially sounds, commentators and critics jumping all over it, etc.), it evoked some HypeBacklash and inspired '''many''' spoofs, but it also touched a lot of hearts. At the end of the day, the film won Oscars for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score. Arguably it was remembered even more fondly following Heath Ledger's death.

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!!This story and its film adaptation contain examples of:

* {{Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder}}: Jack and Ennis start new families after leaving Brokeback Mountain; however, they soon return, despite only much later seperating (legally and emotionally) from their wives.
* AdaptationExpansion: The movie goes into more detail on the men's lives apart from each other, particularly Ennis'.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Del Mar and Twist aren't described as being particularly good-looking in Proulx's short story. They're played by HeathLedger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
* AmbiguouslyGay: The men themselves. It's clear they're in love with each other, but debate rages over whether it's a SingleTargetSexuality or if they were simply too closeted to ever be with other men. The fact that Jack solicits a male prostitute down in Mexico (as well as the implication of a relationship with the male half of a couple he and his wife have befriended) leads many to believe he's gay, whereas Ennis' sexuality is much more ambiguous.
-->'''From the short story''': "Ennis pulled Jack's hand to his mouth, took a hit from the cigarette, exhaled. "Sure as hell seem in one piece to me. You know, I was sittin up here all that time tryin to figure out if I was-? I know I ain't. I mean here we both got wives and kids, right? I like doin' it with women, yeah, but Jesus H., ain't nothin' like this. I never had no thoughts a doin it with another guy except I sure wrang it out a hunderd times thinkin about you. You do it with other guys? Jack?"
-->"Shit no," said Jack, who had been riding more than bulls, not rolling his own.
* [[spoiler:BuryYourGays: Jack is killed in what is said to be an accident, but Ennis suspects otherwise. Somewhat justified due to the setting and time period. A key reason Ennis keeps his feelings close to the chest is because as a child he literally saw what became of a gay man who didn't hide his orientation (and doesn't even discount the possibility his own father helped kill the man); this is why when he is told of the accident that killed Jack, he sees in his mind a similar killing as what really happened.]]
* TheBeard: Both boys have them. But whereas Lureen dispassionately manages Jack's accounts and is semi-aware of his habits, Ennis neglects and resents the women in his life.
* ButNotTooGay: A common complaint is how little screen time the intimacy between the men got compared to the relationships to their wives.
** Though the main sex scene between them was relatively explicit.
* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: [[spoiler:Jack]] while "fixing a flat."
* [[Main/{{Cowboy}} Cowboys]]: The job they took was sheep herding, of course, but they do fit the trope in that Ennis is a working cowboy and Jack is a rodeo rider.
* ClintSquint: Ennis's departing scene with Jack. ''"Now you listen here Jack-[[PrecisionFStrike fuckin']]-Twist..."''
* DefrostingIceQueen: Inverted with Lureen, who frosts up as the years pass.
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding]]: Excuse me... [[SandInMyEyes I have something in my eye]].
* EverythingsWorseWithBears: As Ennis can attest.
* {{Flashback}}: Two -- [[spoiler:Ennis' childhood memory of being taken to see the remains of a murdered gay man, and Jack's memory of Ennis holding him during their summer on Brokeback]].
* {{Gay Cowboy}}s: one of the most famous examples. Except that they're shepherds.
* {{Gayngst}}
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: The entire movie.
* GoodParents: Jack's Mother, as far as we can tell. [[spoiler:When Ennis shows up after Jack's death, they seem pretty clear on what his relationship was with their son, while Jack's father makes it clear he viewed his son as a failure, Jack's mother is clearly devastated at her son's death and welcomes Ennis. She asks him to come back someday and visit and lets him take Jack's shirt - even placing it in a bag for him.]]
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Basically their entire cultural background demanded it as an absolute.
** I ain't queer.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: Possible explanation of Ennis's feelings for Jack.
* IKEAErotica: The tent scene. Anyone who tries anal sex like that is in for a world of hurt.
* InnocentCohabitation: Jack and Ennis on their first trip to Brokeback Mountain.
* LieBackAndThinkOfEngland: Judging by Ennis's sexual position with Alma.
* LongDistanceRelationship
* LoveTriangle: Ennis is loved by both Jack and Alma. (It's unclear when Jack's wife Lureen found out about the relationship he has with Ennis, and it isn't as important to the plot.)
* MarriedToTheJob: The men have an argument ([[spoiler:on what turns out to be their last trip]]) because Ennis cannot make the trips as frequently due to his job. While before he was willing to quit jobs to take the trips, now (after the divorce and needing to pay child support) he needs the money too badly to quit. This inspires Jack to name-drop the trope.
* NewOldWest
* NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals: Ang Lee had already sworn off ever making another movie featuring sheep after horrible experiences making ''Film/SenseAndSensibility''... and apparently they were even worse here.
* NoBisexuals: Some people are annoyed that this is referred to as they gay cowboy movie and Jack and Ennis are commonly called gay, when in fact they may well be bisexual. Bisexual activists have used this movie as an example of 'bisexual erasure'.
* PlayingAgainstType: AnneHathaway as Lureen; this was one of several roles that moved her away from the ContractualPurity reputation she had at the time.
* {{Pornstache}}: Jack grows one in later years.
* ReunionKiss: After seeing each other for the first time in four years, they try to stick to a simple ManHug - and then Ennis proceeds to slam Jack up against the wall and kiss him like he'd die the second he stopped. It's just a little heartwarming... *sniff*
* SceneryPorn: Mostly in the first third, chronicling the summer on Brokeback, but shows up from time to time in the remainder (especially their trips together).
** This is even lampshaded on several occasions, even in instances which probably make this trope very plot relevant.
** Some critics have stated that the mountain is the best character in the film.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: With regards to their relationship, Jack is closer to the idealistic side, believing that he and Ennis could have a happy life together as a couple. Ennis is more cynical, due in part to his greater awareness of societal prejudice.
* StarCrossedLovers: Ultimately, it's society that keeps the men apart more than anything else.
* StraightGay
* TheStoic: Ennis, though this is played with as being something of a mask.
* SympatheticAdulterer: Jack and Ennis. They were more or less forced to marry and never forgot about each other.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Jack. He never cared about money and just wanted to live in a cabin with Ennis.]]
* TransparentCloset: They're ''so'' not subtle when they're together.
** And by the end of the movie, [[spoiler:it seems like Jack's parents and wife knew.]]
* UnreliableVoiceover: When Lureen tells Ennis [[spoiler: how Jack died]], we see the (probably) real story, but WordOfGod says that it was left "deliberately ambiguous".
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4th Mar '13 4:27:52 PM SiberianIris
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* LieBackAndThinkOfEngland: Judging by Ennis's sexual position with Elma.

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* LieBackAndThinkOfEngland: Judging by Ennis's sexual position with Elma.Alma.
18th Feb '13 11:17:19 PM BondGirl
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* AmbiguouslyGay: The men themselves. It's clear they're in love with each other, but debate rages over whether it's a SingleTargetSexuality or if they were simply too closeted to ever be with other men. The fact that Jack solicits a male prostitute down in Mexico leads many to believe he's gay, whereas Ennis' sexuality is much more ambiguous.

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* AmbiguouslyGay: The men themselves. It's clear they're in love with each other, but debate rages over whether it's a SingleTargetSexuality or if they were simply too closeted to ever be with other men. The fact that Jack solicits a male prostitute down in Mexico (as well as the implication of a relationship with the male half of a couple he and his wife have befriended) leads many to believe he's gay, whereas Ennis' sexuality is much more ambiguous.
4th Jan '13 4:29:03 AM SeptimusHeap
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* EveryoneRemembersTheStripper: The way people talk about this movie, you'd think it consists solely of Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal having sex in a tent, plus a part with Anne Hathaway topless.
20th Dec '12 4:41:12 PM Teeth
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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/brokebackmountain.jpg]]
''Brokeback Mountain'' originated as a 1997 short story by Annie Proulx but became a household name by way of a faithful 2005 film adaptation.

In 1963 Wyoming, two young cowboys, Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, take a summer job herding sheep on the slopes of the titular mountain. Over two months, the men (almost completely isolated from the rest of the world) first strike up a friendship, then a romance. However, they mutually see this as ending along with the job, especially as Ennis is engaged to Alma Beers back home. They go their separate ways; Ennis marries Alma and raises a family with her, and Jack finds his own wife and family with Lureen Newsome.

However, four years later Jack decides to contact Ennis and the two men re-establish ties, realizing that they both still love each other. Over the next decade-and-a-half, they carry on an affair with each other by way of "fishing trips." No one is completely happy though -- Ennis is unwilling to cut ties with his family and start a fresh life with Jack (in part out of guilt and confusion, in part out of awareness of what could happen to them if the world found out about their relationship), Alma knows what's going on from the moment the men are reunited and suffers in silence for years before divorcing Ennis, and Jack's own marriage becomes lifeless.

The film adaptation, directed by Ang Lee and starring HeathLedger and Jake Gyllenhaal as Ennis and Jack, got a lot of attention before it premiered simply for the premise; soon it was widely known as "the gay cowboy movie." (Even though they were shepherds, not cowboys.) Between praise from many film critics and massive controversy thanks to MoralGuardians, the modestly-budgeted film became a profitable box-office success. Fitting many facets of the RuleAbidingRebel trope (a story more conventional than it initially sounds, commentators and critics jumping all over it, etc.), it evoked some HypeBacklash and inspired '''many''' spoofs, but it also touched a lot of hearts. At the end of the day, the film won Oscars for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score. Arguably it was remembered even more fondly following Heath Ledger's death.

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!!This story and its film adaptation contain examples of:

* {{Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder}}: Jack and Ennis start new families after leaving Brokeback Mountain; however, they soon return, despite only much later seperating (legally and emotionally) from their wives.
* AdaptationExpansion: The movie goes into more detail on the men's lives apart from each other, particularly Ennis'.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Del Mar and Twist aren't described as being particularly good-looking in Proulx's short story. They're played by HeathLedger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
* AmbiguouslyGay: The men themselves. It's clear they're in love with each other, but debate rages over whether it's a SingleTargetSexuality or if they were simply too closeted to ever be with other men. The fact that Jack solicits a male prostitute down in Mexico leads many to believe he's gay, whereas Ennis' sexuality is much more ambiguous.
-->'''From the short story''': "Ennis pulled Jack's hand to his mouth, took a hit from the cigarette, exhaled. "Sure as hell seem in one piece to me. You know, I was sittin up here all that time tryin to figure out if I was-? I know I ain't. I mean here we both got wives and kids, right? I like doin' it with women, yeah, but Jesus H., ain't nothin' like this. I never had no thoughts a doin it with another guy except I sure wrang it out a hunderd times thinkin about you. You do it with other guys? Jack?"
-->"Shit no," said Jack, who had been riding more than bulls, not rolling his own.
* [[spoiler:BuryYourGays: Jack is killed in what is said to be an accident, but Ennis suspects otherwise. Somewhat justified due to the setting and time period. A key reason Ennis keeps his feelings close to the chest is because as a child he literally saw what became of a gay man who didn't hide his orientation (and doesn't even discount the possibility his own father helped kill the man); this is why when he is told of the accident that killed Jack, he sees in his mind a similar killing as what really happened.]]
* TheBeard: Both boys have them. But whereas Lureen dispassionately manages Jack's accounts and is semi-aware of his habits, Ennis neglects and resents the women in his life.
* ButNotTooGay: A common complaint is how little screen time the intimacy between the men got compared to the relationships to their wives.
** Though the main sex scene between them was relatively explicit.
* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: [[spoiler:Jack]] while "fixing a flat."
* [[Main/{{Cowboy}} Cowboys]]: The job they took was sheep herding, of course, but they do fit the trope in that Ennis is a working cowboy and Jack is a rodeo rider.
* ClintSquint: Ennis's departing scene with Jack. ''"Now you listen here Jack-[[PrecisionFStrike fuckin']]-Twist..."''
* DefrostingIceQueen: Inverted with Lureen, who frosts up as the years pass.
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding]]: Excuse me... [[SandInMyEyes I have something in my eye]].
* EveryoneRemembersTheStripper: The way people talk about this movie, you'd think it consists solely of Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal having sex in a tent, plus a part with Anne Hathaway topless.
* EverythingsWorseWithBears: As Ennis can attest.
* {{Flashback}}: Two -- [[spoiler:Ennis' childhood memory of being taken to see the remains of a murdered gay man, and Jack's memory of Ennis holding him during their summer on Brokeback]].
* {{Gay Cowboy}}s: one of the most famous examples. Except that they're shepherds.
* {{Gayngst}}
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: The entire movie.
* GoodParents: Jack's Mother, as far as we can tell. [[spoiler:When Ennis shows up after Jack's death, they seem pretty clear on what his relationship was with their son, while Jack's father makes it clear he viewed his son as a failure, Jack's mother is clearly devastated at her son's death and welcomes Ennis. She asks him to come back someday and visit and lets him take Jack's shirt - even placing it in a bag for him.]]
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Basically their entire cultural background demanded it as an absolute.
** I ain't queer.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: Possible explanation of Ennis's feelings for Jack.
* IKEAErotica: The tent scene. Anyone who tries anal sex like that is in for a world of hurt.
* InnocentCohabitation: Jack and Ennis on their first trip to Brokeback Mountain.
* LieBackAndThinkOfEngland: Judging by Ennis's sexual position with Elma.
* LongDistanceRelationship
* LoveTriangle: Ennis is loved by both Jack and Alma. (It's unclear when Jack's wife Lureen found out about the relationship he has with Ennis, and it isn't as important to the plot.)
* MarriedToTheJob: The men have an argument ([[spoiler:on what turns out to be their last trip]]) because Ennis cannot make the trips as frequently due to his job. While before he was willing to quit jobs to take the trips, now (after the divorce and needing to pay child support) he needs the money too badly to quit. This inspires Jack to name-drop the trope.
* NewOldWest
* NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals: Ang Lee had already sworn off ever making another movie featuring sheep after horrible experiences making ''Film/SenseAndSensibility''... and apparently they were even worse here.
* NoBisexuals: Some people are annoyed that this is referred to as they gay cowboy movie and Jack and Ennis are commonly called gay, when in fact they may well be bisexual. Bisexual activists have used this movie as an example of 'bisexual erasure'.
* PlayingAgainstType: AnneHathaway as Lureen; this was one of several roles that moved her away from the ContractualPurity reputation she had at the time.
* {{Pornstache}}: Jack grows one in later years.
* ReunionKiss: After seeing each other for the first time in four years, they try to stick to a simple ManHug - and then Ennis proceeds to slam Jack up against the wall and kiss him like he'd die the second he stopped. It's just a little heartwarming... *sniff*
* SceneryPorn: Mostly in the first third, chronicling the summer on Brokeback, but shows up from time to time in the remainder (especially their trips together).
** This is even lampshaded on several occasions, even in instances which probably make this trope very plot relevant.
** Some critics have stated that the mountain is the best character in the film.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: With regards to their relationship, Jack is closer to the idealistic side, believing that he and Ennis could have a happy life together as a couple. Ennis is more cynical, due in part to his greater awareness of societal prejudice.
* StarCrossedLovers: Ultimately, it's society that keeps the men apart more than anything else.
* StraightGay
* TheStoic: Ennis, though this is played with as being something of a mask.
* SympatheticAdulterer: Jack and Ennis. They were more or less forced to marry and never forgot about each other.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Jack. He never cared about money and just wanted to live in a cabin with Ennis.]]
* TransparentCloset: They're ''so'' not subtle when they're together.
** And by the end of the movie, [[spoiler:it seems like Jack's parents and wife knew.]]
* UnreliableVoiceover: When Lureen tells Ennis [[spoiler: how Jack died]], we see the (probably) real story, but WordOfGod says that it was left "deliberately ambiguous".
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13th Dec '12 9:08:48 PM JIKTV
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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/brokebackmountain.jpg]]
''Brokeback Mountain'' originated as a 1997 short story by Annie Proulx but became a household name by way of a faithful 2005 film adaptation.

In 1963 Wyoming, two young cowboys, Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, take a summer job herding sheep on the slopes of the titular mountain. Over two months, the men (almost completely isolated from the rest of the world) first strike up a friendship, then a romance. However, they mutually see this as ending along with the job, especially as Ennis is engaged to Alma Beers back home. They go their separate ways; Ennis marries Alma and raises a family with her, and Jack finds his own wife and family with Lureen Newsome.

However, four years later Jack decides to contact Ennis and the two men re-establish ties, realizing that they both still love each other. Over the next decade-and-a-half, they carry on an affair with each other by way of "fishing trips." No one is completely happy though -- Ennis is unwilling to cut ties with his family and start a fresh life with Jack (in part out of guilt and confusion, in part out of awareness of what could happen to them if the world found out about their relationship), Alma knows what's going on from the moment the men are reunited and suffers in silence for years before divorcing Ennis, and Jack's own marriage becomes lifeless.

The film adaptation, directed by Ang Lee and starring HeathLedger and Jake Gyllenhaal as Ennis and Jack, got a lot of attention before it premiered simply for the premise; soon it was widely known as "the gay cowboy movie." (Even though they were shepherds, not cowboys.) Between praise from many film critics and massive controversy thanks to MoralGuardians, the modestly-budgeted film became a profitable box-office success. Fitting many facets of the RuleAbidingRebel trope (a story more conventional than it initially sounds, commentators and critics jumping all over it, etc.), it evoked some HypeBacklash and inspired '''many''' spoofs, but it also touched a lot of hearts. At the end of the day, the film won Oscars for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score. Arguably it was remembered even more fondly following Heath Ledger's death.

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!!This story and its film adaptation contain examples of:

* {{Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder}}: Jack and Ennis start new families after leaving Brokeback Mountain; however, they soon return, despite only much later seperating (legally and emotionally) from their wives.
* AdaptationExpansion: The movie goes into more detail on the men's lives apart from each other, particularly Ennis'.
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Del Mar and Twist aren't described as being particularly good-looking in Proulx's short story. They're played by HeathLedger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
* AmbiguouslyGay: The men themselves. It's clear they're in love with each other, but debate rages over whether it's a SingleTargetSexuality or if they were simply too closeted to ever be with other men. The fact that Jack solicits a male prostitute down in Mexico leads many to believe he's gay, whereas Ennis' sexuality is much more ambiguous.
-->'''From the short story''': "Ennis pulled Jack's hand to his mouth, took a hit from the cigarette, exhaled. "Sure as hell seem in one piece to me. You know, I was sittin up here all that time tryin to figure out if I was-? I know I ain't. I mean here we both got wives and kids, right? I like doin' it with women, yeah, but Jesus H., ain't nothin' like this. I never had no thoughts a doin it with another guy except I sure wrang it out a hunderd times thinkin about you. You do it with other guys? Jack?"
-->"Shit no," said Jack, who had been riding more than bulls, not rolling his own.
* [[spoiler:BuryYourGays: Jack is killed in what is said to be an accident, but Ennis suspects otherwise. Somewhat justified due to the setting and time period. A key reason Ennis keeps his feelings close to the chest is because as a child he literally saw what became of a gay man who didn't hide his orientation (and doesn't even discount the possibility his own father helped kill the man); this is why when he is told of the accident that killed Jack, he sees in his mind a similar killing as what really happened.]]
* TheBeard: Both boys have them. But whereas Lureen dispassionately manages Jack's accounts and is semi-aware of his habits, Ennis neglects and resents the women in his life.
* ButNotTooGay: A common complaint is how little screen time the intimacy between the men got compared to the relationships to their wives.
** Though the main sex scene between them was relatively explicit.
* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: [[spoiler:Jack]] while "fixing a flat."
* [[Main/{{Cowboy}} Cowboys]]: The job they took was sheep herding, of course, but they do fit the trope in that Ennis is a working cowboy and Jack is a rodeo rider.
* ClintSquint: Ennis's departing scene with Jack. ''"Now you listen here Jack-[[PrecisionFStrike fuckin']]-Twist..."''
* DefrostingIceQueen: Inverted with Lureen, who frosts up as the years pass.
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding]]: Excuse me... [[SandInMyEyes I have something in my eye]].
* EveryoneRemembersTheStripper: The way people talk about this movie, you'd think it consists solely of Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal having sex in a tent, plus a part with Anne Hathaway topless.
* EverythingsWorseWithBears: As Ennis can attest.
* {{Flashback}}: Two -- [[spoiler:Ennis' childhood memory of being taken to see the remains of a murdered gay man, and Jack's memory of Ennis holding him during their summer on Brokeback]].
* {{Gay Cowboy}}s: one of the most famous examples. Except that they're shepherds.
* {{Gayngst}}
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: The entire movie.
* GoodParents: Jack's Mother, as far as we can tell. [[spoiler:When Ennis shows up after Jack's death, they seem pretty clear on what his relationship was with their son, while Jack's father makes it clear he viewed his son as a failure, Jack's mother is clearly devastated at her son's death and welcomes Ennis. She asks him to come back someday and visit and lets him take Jack's shirt - even placing it in a bag for him.]]
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Basically their entire cultural background demanded it as an absolute.
** I ain't queer.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: Possible explanation of Ennis's feelings for Jack.
* IKEAErotica: The tent scene. Anyone who tries anal sex like that is in for a world of hurt.
* InnocentCohabitation: Jack and Ennis on their first trip to Brokeback Mountain.
* LieBackAndThinkOfEngland: Judging by Ennis's sexual position with Elma.
* LongDistanceRelationship
* LoveTriangle: Ennis is loved by both Jack and Alma. (It's unclear when Jack's wife Lureen found out about the relationship he has with Ennis, and it isn't as important to the plot.)
* MarriedToTheJob: The men have an argument ([[spoiler:on what turns out to be their last trip]]) because Ennis cannot make the trips as frequently due to his job. While before he was willing to quit jobs to take the trips, now (after the divorce and needing to pay child support) he needs the money too badly to quit. This inspires Jack to name-drop the trope.
* NewOldWest
* NeverWorkWithChildrenOrAnimals: Ang Lee had already sworn off ever making another movie featuring sheep after horrible experiences making ''Film/SenseAndSensibility''... and apparently they were even worse here.
* NoBisexuals: Some people are annoyed that this is referred to as they gay cowboy movie and Jack and Ennis are commonly called gay, when in fact they may well be bisexual. Bisexual activists have used this movie as an example of 'bisexual erasure'.
* PlayingAgainstType: AnneHathaway as Lureen; this was one of several roles that moved her away from the ContractualPurity reputation she had at the time.
* {{Pornstache}}: Jack grows one in later years.
* ReunionKiss: After seeing each other for the first time in four years, they try to stick to a simple ManHug - and then Ennis proceeds to slam Jack up against the wall and kiss him like he'd die the second he stopped. It's just a little heartwarming... *sniff*
* SceneryPorn: Mostly in the first third, chronicling the summer on Brokeback, but shows up from time to time in the remainder (especially their trips together).
** This is even lampshaded on several occasions, even in instances which probably make this trope very plot relevant.
** Some critics have stated that the mountain is the best character in the film.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: With regards to their relationship, Jack is closer to the idealistic side, believing that he and Ennis could have a happy life together as a couple. Ennis is more cynical, due in part to his greater awareness of societal prejudice.
* StarCrossedLovers: Ultimately, it's society that keeps the men apart more than anything else.
* StraightGay
* TheStoic: Ennis, though this is played with as being something of a mask.
* SympatheticAdulterer: Jack and Ennis. They were more or less forced to marry and never forgot about each other.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Jack. He never cared about money and just wanted to live in a cabin with Ennis.]]
* TransparentCloset: They're ''so'' not subtle when they're together.
** And by the end of the movie, [[spoiler:it seems like Jack's parents and wife knew.]]
* UnreliableVoiceover: When Lureen tells Ennis [[spoiler: how Jack died]], we see the (probably) real story, but WordOfGod says that it was left "deliberately ambiguous".
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29th Nov '12 2:25:29 PM TheAmazingShay
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* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Jack. He never cared about money and just wanted to live in a cabin with Ennis.]] ItGotWorse.

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* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Jack. He never cared about money and just wanted to live in a cabin with Ennis.]] ItGotWorse.]]
28th Nov '12 8:00:36 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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* AscendedMeme: The "[[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Brokeback Whatever]]" parodies on Youtube--from ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uwuLxrv8jY Brokeback to the Future]]'' to ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omB18oRsBYg&feature=related Star Wars: The Empire Brokeback]]'' to...well, you can look around. There's a LOT of them, and most of them are surprisingly funny.
4th Oct '12 5:27:10 AM TheNinth
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* DoubleStandard: Lets just say if the movie was about a heterosexual husband and father decide to have an affair behind his wife's back for years on end it wouldn't be seen quite the same.
** Granted they are cheating on their wives but you're kind of missing the point. If Ennis loved another woman more than his wife he could always divorce her and marry the other girl. Being with Jack he's afraid of getting murdered like those two childhood neighbours of his. The movie never suggests that cheating on your wife is good but these two guys carry on a relationship in secret because they can't have it in the open. Essentially, Ennis and Jack and their wives are all victims of society's homophobia, like any "in-the-closet" man who hides behind a woman who is unaware of his sexuality.



* MarriedToTheJob: The men have an argument ([[spoiler:on what turns out to be their last trip]]) because Ennis cannot make the trips as frequently due to his job. While before he was willing to quit jobs to take the trips, now (after the divorce and needing to pay child support) he needs the money too badly to quit. This inspires Jack to name-drop the trope..

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* MarriedToTheJob: The men have an argument ([[spoiler:on what turns out to be their last trip]]) because Ennis cannot make the trips as frequently due to his job. While before he was willing to quit jobs to take the trips, now (after the divorce and needing to pay child support) he needs the money too badly to quit. This inspires Jack to name-drop the trope..trope.



** I doubt that Twist and Del Mar would have realised their love for each other if it weren't for this trope. This is even lampshaded on several occasions, even in instances which probably make this trope very plot relevant.

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** I doubt that Twist and Del Mar would have realised their love for each other if it weren't for this trope. This is even lampshaded on several occasions, even in instances which probably make this trope very plot relevant.
4th Oct '12 3:47:27 AM Antagonasty
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-Granted they are cheating on their wives but you're kind of missing the point. If Ennis loved another woman more than his wife he could always divorce her and marry the other girl. Being with Jack he's afraid of getting murdered like those two childhood neighbours of his. The movie never suggests that cheating on your wife is good but these two guys carry on a relationship in secret because they can't have it in the open. Essentially, Ennis and Jack and their wives are all victims of society's homophobia, like any "in-the-closet" man who hides behind a woman who is unaware of his sexuality.

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-Granted **Granted they are cheating on their wives but you're kind of missing the point. If Ennis loved another woman more than his wife he could always divorce her and marry the other girl. Being with Jack he's afraid of getting murdered like those two childhood neighbours of his. The movie never suggests that cheating on your wife is good but these two guys carry on a relationship in secret because they can't have it in the open. Essentially, Ennis and Jack and their wives are all victims of society's homophobia, like any "in-the-closet" man who hides behind a woman who is unaware of his sexuality.
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