Touted as Hollywood's first openly gay Western, director Ang Lee's cautious adaptation of Annie Proulx's acclaimed New Yorker
tale features relatively little guy-on-guy action (there's far more same-sex spit swapped in DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR?), and it isn't much of a Western, either. Sensitively embellished by screenwriters Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, it's a melodramatic weepie set on the lonesome prairie, more THE WAY WE WERE in denim drag than THE LUSTY MEN in chaps. Affable Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and tight-lipped Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) first meet as young men in the summer of 1963, when they're hired to herd sheep on Wyoming's Brokeback Mount...