Brokeback Mountain

Ennis receives a postcard back that he sent to Jack. It has "deceased" stamped across it. He calls Jack's wife, Lureen, and learns Jack died when a tire he was fixing exploded. In reality, Jack was beaten to death for moving in with another man on a nearby ranch. Lureen says Jack was cremated and had asked to have his ashes scattered on Brokeback Mountain, but because she didn't know where that was, she buried half of the ashes in Texas and sent the other half to his parents. Ennis goes to Jack's parents' house but is told that he cannot have the ashes. Jack's mother lets Ennis go through Jack's old bedroom, where he finds the shirts the two were wearing when they fought on Brokeback Mountain. Back in his trailer, his daughter, Junior comes to visit and tells Ennis she is getting married. Ennis says he won't be able to come to the wedding because he'll be working on a ranch, but later tells her he will be there. After she leaves, he goes to his closet and looks at the shirts and a postcard of Brokeback Mountain, and says, "Jack, I swear." That is the end.


Continuity mistake: In the second tent scene, just before Jack and Ennis kiss, Jack's left arm changes from being at his side in the first shot of Ennis (as Jack touches Ennis' face) to up around Ennis' neck in the second shot of Ennis (after we see Jack's face). Also, Ennis' left collar goes from flat to sticking up during the scene. (00:32:30)

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Trivia: Actor Randy Quaid, who played Jack and Ennis' boss in the movie, filed a lawsuit against the studio, claiming that the studio had made him believe that it was a low budget movie rather than a big production as to secure his pro-acting talents for cheap fees. So far, both sides have differing opinions on whether Quaid's suit was settled or not.

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Question: Why did Lureen lie to Ennis about how Jack died?

Answer: Lureen may have been lied to about how Jack died. As a kid, Ennis had seen the body of a man that was killed for being gay. Knowing that Jack was 'seeing' other men, Ennis knew that he must have been killed for that reason instead of the way that Lureen explained it. Even if she did know the truth, she may have lied to him because she didn't want Ennis to know how Jack really died.

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