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* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: The entire movie.


* GayCowboy: One of the most famous examples. [[YouKeepUsingThatWord Except that they're shepherds.]]

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* GayCowboy: One of the most famous examples. [[YouKeepUsingThatWord Except that they're bisexual shepherds.]]


* YourCheatingHeart: They cheat on their respective wives with each other when they reunite.


* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Jack dies in what is implied to be a hate crime, and Ennis is left broken and alone, unable to maintain a stable relationship after his divorce from his wife and separation from Jack, and the only keepsake of Jack is one of his shirts.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Jack dies in what is implied to be a hate crime, and Ennis is left broken and alone, unable to maintain a stable relationship after his divorce from his wife and separation from Jack, and the only keepsake of Jack is one of his shirts. His does have this for solace: his regular (sometimes erotic) dreams of Jack.]]


The film adaptation was directed by Creator/AngLee and starred Creator/HeathLedger as Ennis and Creator/JakeGyllenhaal as Jack. It got a lot of attention before it premiered simply for the premise; soon it was widely known as "the gay cowboy movie"[[note]]Even though they were shepherds, not cowboys[[/note]]. Between praise from many film critics and massive controversy thanks to MoralGuardians, the modestly-budgeted film became a profitable box-office success. It evoked some HypeBacklash and inspired '''many''' spoofs, but it also touched a lot of hearts. It went on to win Oscars for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score. To this day, it's still considered one of the most important films in the history of LGBTQ+ visibility and is considered by many to [[GenreTurningPoint open the floodgate for queer entertainment to enter the mainstream]]. Was arguably remembered even more fondly [[DeadArtistsAreBetter following Heath Ledger's death]].

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The film adaptation was directed by Creator/AngLee and starred Creator/HeathLedger as Ennis and Creator/JakeGyllenhaal as Jack. It got a lot of attention before it premiered simply for the premise; soon it was widely known as "the gay cowboy movie"[[note]]Even though they were shepherds, not cowboys[[/note]]. Between praise from many film critics and massive controversy thanks to MoralGuardians, the modestly-budgeted film became a profitable box-office success.success, growing over 10 times its modest budget. It evoked some HypeBacklash and inspired '''many''' spoofs, but it also touched a lot of hearts. It went on to win Oscars for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score. To this day, it's still considered one of the most important films in the history of LGBTQ+ visibility and is considered by many to [[GenreTurningPoint open the floodgate for queer entertainment to enter the mainstream]]. Was arguably remembered even more fondly [[DeadArtistsAreBetter following Heath Ledger's death]].


The film adaptation was directed by Creator/AngLee and starred Creator/HeathLedger as Ennis and Creator/JakeGyllenhaal as Jack. It got a lot of attention before it premiered simply for the premise; soon it was widely known as "the gay cowboy movie"[[note]]Even though they were shepherds, not cowboys[[/note]]. Between praise from many film critics and massive controversy thanks to MoralGuardians, the modestly-budgeted film became a profitable box-office success. It evoked some HypeBacklash and inspired '''many''' spoofs, but it also touched a lot of hearts. It went on to win Oscars for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score. To this day, it's still considered one of the most important films in the history of LGBTQ+ visibility. Was arguably remembered even more fondly [[DeadArtistsAreBetter following Heath Ledger's death]].

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The film adaptation was directed by Creator/AngLee and starred Creator/HeathLedger as Ennis and Creator/JakeGyllenhaal as Jack. It got a lot of attention before it premiered simply for the premise; soon it was widely known as "the gay cowboy movie"[[note]]Even though they were shepherds, not cowboys[[/note]]. Between praise from many film critics and massive controversy thanks to MoralGuardians, the modestly-budgeted film became a profitable box-office success. It evoked some HypeBacklash and inspired '''many''' spoofs, but it also touched a lot of hearts. It went on to win Oscars for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score. To this day, it's still considered one of the most important films in the history of LGBTQ+ visibility.visibility and is considered by many to [[GenreTurningPoint open the floodgate for queer entertainment to enter the mainstream]]. Was arguably remembered even more fondly [[DeadArtistsAreBetter following Heath Ledger's death]].


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

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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 [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]].
adaptation]]. Proulx praised the adaptation, declaring that "I may be the first writer in America to have a piece of writing make its way to the screen whole and entire".


* TragicKeepsake[[spoiler:: Jack and Ennis' shirts they last wore on Brokeback Mountain. Jack kept the shirts as a memento in his childhood closet, and they later became this for Ennis after Jack's death.]]

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* TragicKeepsake[[spoiler:: Jack TragicKeepsake: [[spoiler:Jack and Ennis' shirts they last wore on Brokeback Mountain. Jack kept the shirts as a memento in his childhood closet, and they later became this for Ennis after Jack's death.]]

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And no, [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark at no point do they eat pudding in this movie.]]


* HomophobicHateCrime: Jack [[spoiler:dies in an "accident"]] that Ennis, Jack's male lover, suspects was actually a hate crime. Also, as a child Ennis's father took him to see the body of a man who was tortured by the townsfolk for being gay.
* IdealizedSex: Jack and Ennis's first time manages to both avert this and play it straight at the same time. It's a messy, awkward, rather painful looking affair...however, since it involves Ennis taking Jack roughly with no preparation and only a little bit of spit to ease the way. Realistically, this would end with bleeding and limping.
* InnocentCohabitation: Jack and Ennis on their first trip to Brokeback Mountain.

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* HomophobicHateCrime: Jack [[spoiler:dies in an "accident"]] that Ennis, Jack's male lover, suspects was actually a hate crime. Also, as a child Ennis's father took him to see the body of a man who was tortured by the townsfolk for being gay.
* IdealizedSex: Jack and Ennis's first time manages to both avert this and play it straight at the same time. It's a messy, awkward, rather painful looking affair...however, affair, since it involves Ennis taking Jack roughly with no preparation and only a little bit of spit to ease the way. Realistically, this would end with bleeding and limping.
* InnocentCohabitation: Jack and Ennis on during their first trip to summer on Brokeback Mountain.



* 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.



* NocturnalEmission: In its original short story, Ennis sometimes dreams of Jack after Jack's death, either leaving him with grief or an "old sense of joy and release" upon waking. It's implied that this trope is in effect when he feels the latter because sometimes the sheets are wet instead of the pillow.

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* NocturnalEmission: In its original the short story, Ennis sometimes dreams of Jack after Jack's death, either leaving him with grief or an "old sense of joy and release" upon waking. It's implied that this trope is in effect when he feels the latter because sometimes the sheets are wet instead of the pillow.


-->'''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?"

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-->'''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 hundred times thinkin about you. You do it with other guys? Jack?"


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.

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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, sixteen years, 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.



* AbusiveParents: In the story, upon visiting Jack's parents [[spoiler:after his death,]] and meeting his father, Ennis remembers one particularly chilling story about how his dad punished him for his inability to get the hang of using the bathroom.

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* AbusiveParents: In the short story, upon visiting Jack's parents [[spoiler:after his death,]] and meeting his father, Ennis remembers one particularly chilling story about how his Jack's dad had punished him Jack for his inability to get the hang of using the bathroom.



* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Del Mar and Twist aren't described as being particularly good-looking in Proulx's short story. They're played by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Del Mar Ennis and Twist Jack aren't described as being particularly good-looking in Proulx's short story. They're played by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.



* FixFic: Quite amount of fanfics of this [[spoiler:tries to undo Jack's death and give him and Ennis happy ending]].

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* FixFic: Quite amount There's an abundance of fanfics of this [[spoiler:tries to undo Jack's death that [[spoiler:diverge from the canon of the story and give him film, keeping Jack alive so he and Ennis can work toward a happy ending]].ending with one another]].



* 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.]]

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* 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 by her son's death and welcomes Ennis. She asks him to come back someday and by for another visit in the future and lets him take Jack's shirt - even placing it in a bag for him.]]



* IdealizedSex: Jack and Ennis's first time manages to both avert this and play it straight at the same time. It's a messy, awkward, rather painful looking affair...however, since it involves Ennis taking Jack roughly with no preparation and only a little bit of spit to ease the way, Realistically, this would end with bleeding and limping.

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* IdealizedSex: Jack and Ennis's first time manages to both avert this and play it straight at the same time. It's a messy, awkward, rather painful looking affair...however, since it involves Ennis taking Jack roughly with no preparation and only a little bit of spit to ease the way, way. Realistically, this would end with bleeding and limping.



* NocturnalEmission: In its original short story, Ennis sometimes have Jack in his dream after Jack's death, either leaving him with grief or an "old sense of joy and release" upon waking. It's implied that this trope is in effect when he feels the latter because sometimes the sheets are wet instead of the pillow (crying from grief).

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* NocturnalEmission: In its original short story, Ennis sometimes have dreams of Jack in his dream after Jack's death, either leaving him with grief or an "old sense of joy and release" upon waking. It's implied that this trope is in effect when he feels the latter because sometimes the sheets are wet instead of the pillow (crying from grief).pillow.



* 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).

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* SceneryPorn: Mostly in the first third, chronicling beginning of the film, during the summer Jack and Ennis spend on Brokeback, but shows up from time to time in the remainder (especially makes a comeback during their fishing trips together).over the years.



* ShoutOut: The poster is one for ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}''.

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* ShoutOut: The poster is one based off of the poster for ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}''.



* StraightGay: Both main characters have no stereotypical traits of homosexuals. Between the two of them Ennis comes off as slightly more masculine.

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* StraightGay: Both main characters have no stereotypical traits of homosexuals. Between the two of them Ennis comes off as slightly more masculine.



* TragicKeepsake[[spoiler:: Jack and Ennis' shirts they last wore in Brokeback Mountain, which Jack kept as a memento in his closet, became this for Ennis after Jack's death.]]

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* TragicKeepsake[[spoiler:: Jack and Ennis' shirts they last wore in on Brokeback Mountain, which Mountain. Jack kept the shirts as a memento in his childhood closet, and they later became this for Ennis after Jack's death.]]



* YourCheatingHeart: They actually cheat on their respective wives with each other when they meet again.

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* YourCheatingHeart: They actually cheat on their respective wives with each other when they meet again.reunite.

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* HomophobicHateCrime: Jack [[spoiler:dies in an "accident"]] that Ennis, Jack's male lover, suspects was actually a hate crime. Also, as a child Ennis's father took him to see the body of a man who was tortured by the townsfolk for being gay.

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* BuryMeNotOnTheLonePrairie[[spoiler:: Jack requested for his ashes to be scattered on Brokeback Mountain. It couldn't be realized, however, because his parents were adamant on burying his ashes on family plot.]]


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* TragicKeepsake[[spoiler:: Jack and Ennis' shirts they last wore in Brokeback Mountain, which Jack kept as a memento in his closet, became this for Ennis after Jack's death.]]

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* FixFic: Quite amount of fanfics of this [[spoiler:tries to undo Jack's death and give him and Ennis happy ending]].

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