Just before the final fadeout, Heath whispers something.
What is it?
Jack, I swear.
...even though Ennis was not the swearing kind.
"Goddammit, that Chink didn't git dat durn blood stain outta the fucken shirt!"
I swear ... I recall reading a long thread on IMDB concerning what the hell it meant.
Jack...no wire hangers.
"Rosebud". That's what he missed most about his fuckbuddy.
It's a Southern expression people use when they don't have the words to express what they want to say. That's what it meant. That's all. He was overcome with emotion.
"Ennis, what are you lookin for rootin through them postcards?" said Linda Higgins, throwing a sopping brown coffee filter into the garbage can.
"Scene a Brokeback Mountain."
"Over in Fremont County?"
"No, north a here."
"I didn't order none a them. Let me get the order list. They got it I can get you a hunderd. I got a order some more cards anyway."
"One's enough," said Ennis.
When it came -- thirty cents -- he pinned it up in his trailer, brass-headed tack in each corner. Below it he drove a nail and on the nail he hung the wire hanger and the two old shirts suspended from it. He stepped back and looked at the ensemble through a few stinging tears.
"Jack, I swear -- " he said, though Jack had never asked him to swear anything and was himself not the swearing kind.
Since when is Wyoming in the South (r8)?
There was some open space between what Ennis knew and what he tried to believe, but nothing could be done about it, and if you can't fix it you've got to stand it.
Southern/Cowboy culture is depicted as being Ennis's upbringing. Just because the film takes place in Wyoming doesn't mean Ennis doesn't have other influences.
Do you think that Southern culture and cowboy culture are interchangeable? I'm Southern, so ... Or did that come from Proulx?
Wasn't Jack Texan? Maybe that was the influence.
. . . Bai Ling is on the roof . . .
What R12 said. As a Wyoming native, I can tell you it's a very rural, very "country" state. Maybe not southern, but very family and genteel.
What Ennis said was "Jack, I swear..."
What he meant was a combination of surprise, realization, regret, and love.
"I swear" is no kind of southern expression like "I'ze fixin to come over and paddle your hide, boy!"
My dad was raised on a Nebraska farm and my mom on a south Georgia farm; they had completely different experiences.
Nebraska was a much tougher existence back in the 30's. They were basically subsistence farmers and the culture was still very much tied to the Eastern European roots of many of the settlers including my dad's grandparents.
South Georgia was much more settled and cultured though not necessarily wealthier.
It was always fascinating to hear them compare their upbringings -- similar, yet very different.
Your boi pussy stinks.
Jack, I swear.
Thread over...unless you know what Bob whispers to Charlotte at the end of "Lost in Translation."
You know you can save more on your car insurance by switching to Geico
"Life is a cabaret"
What was the last line in "Lost in Translation"? The one Bill Murray says to ScarJo's boobies?
"Thanks for the mammaries."
"keep both feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars!"
R26, it was a monolouge, let me try to do it from memory....
"Can you believe I'm going to improvise most of this movie and Sofia Coppolla will get a screenplay Oscar for it? It's a piece of shit but since me, Bill Murray is in it, people will be afraid to say it sucks, I mean fuck, it's 78% moody staring out of windows and 22% making fun of Nips."
On a more serious note, if I think about the scene long enough, this can choke me up. I haven't watched it since Heath died. I probably won't.
[quote]I haven't watched it since Heath died. I probably won't.
Neither will Heath.
What does the guy in Radiohead's video "Just" say????????
I believe he said, "Would it kill you to turn on the subtitles instead of posting an inane thread about my mumbling on Datalounge?"
W&W for R6, and F&F for R7.
Get a sense of humor, R42. Jeez.
Was that supposed to be funny? I found those comments rather stupid, not funny in the least.
Oh, so you're one of those BbM Prancing Ponies.
You remembered to tivo project runway right?
I wish I could quit you.
"It is happening again."
He says, "Fucking Michelle and Anne are ruining this movie".
Damn, and we were supposed to see "Crash."
I think "Jack, I swear" was the closest thing Ennis could come up with as a declaration of love for Jack. Both of them loved each other passionately but neither one of them could have ever said to the other "I love you."
I also took it as "I will avenge your death"
What did Miggs say to you? Multiple Miggs in the next cell, he hissed at you. What did he say?
I took the "I swear" to mean he had no idea Jack loved him so much that he kept the shirts together,Ennis didn't know he'd had such a miserable existence.
I can't watch that movie. When Ennis goes to that terrible place where Jack 's parents lived, it reminded me of a sepluchre. Even now it reminds me of death.So desolate.
And lively, loving, beautiful Jack came out of that. And he loved Ennis, who let him down and stepped on his dreams just like his evil father had.
I believe that Jack and Ennis had an emotional and sexual bond that they could not replicate with ANY sex!!! tHEY LOVED each other
I meant any gender
He finally revealed what was in the damn briefcase.
In the book Ennis called Jack "little darlin" when they reunited. Would love to see that in the film but they didn't go with that.
He whispered "Jack, I care."
R11's post from 2011 is a WW
That's what I was going to type when I saw the title but you beat me to it by several years R7.
R6 beat me to the No Wire Hangers line.
Well, that heirloom denim really needed a padded hanger. And a dust bag would have been a nice touch.
It's not that big and, no, it doesn't happen to everybody!
I did not like Heath Ledger in his role as "Joker".
was it something about how good it felt for him to swallow hisload?
"Ring around the collar..."
"I can't watch that movie. When Ennis goes to that terrible place where Jack 's parents lived, it reminded me of a sepluchre. Even now it reminds me of death.So desolate."
Jack's wife Lureen tells Ennis that Jack had said he wanted to be cremated and have his ashes spread on Brokeback Mountain. She interred part of his ashes and sent to the rest to his parents. Ennis goes to see the parents to see if they'll let him carry out Jack's wishes. It's heartbreaking:
"I feel awful about Jack. Can't begin to say how bad I feel. I knew him a long time. I come by to tell you that if you want me to take his ashes up there on Brokeback like his wife says he wanted I'd be proud to."
The old man said "Tell you what, I know where Brokeback Mountain is. He thought he was too goddamned special to be buried in the family plot."
The old man spoke angrily. " I can't get no help out here. Jack used to say "Ennis Del Mar," he used to say. "I'm goin a bring him up here one a these days and we'll lick this ranch into shape." He had some half-baked idea the two a you was goin a move up here, build a log cabin and help me run this ranch and bring it up. Then, this spring he's got another one's goin a come up here with him and build a place and help us run the ranch, some ranch neighbor a his from down in Texas. He's goin a split up with his wife and come back here. So he says. But like most a Jack's ideas it never came to pass."
In the end the stud duck refused to let Jack's ashes go. "Tell you what, we got a family plot and he's goin in it." Jack's mother stood at a table coring apples with a sharp, serrated instrument. "You come again," she said.
Bumping down the washboard road Ennis passed the country cemetery fenced with sagging sheep wire, a tine fenced square on the welling prarie, a few graves bright with plastic flowers, and didn't want to know Jack was going in there, to be buried on the grieving plain.
Whispered or shouted out from the top of the eponymous "Brokeback Mountain"....with those two actors,I didn't believe that relationship for a SECOND!
One of the most heartbreaking movies. The Academy should be ashamed for not awarding it Best Picture..
The intermittent affair of two bisexuals ends in tears.
Ennis said: Jack, I wear
Beautiful film, outstanding actor.
I remember reading the story and not getting the ending at all.
"...And a dust bag would have been a nice touch."
Hey, don't drag me into this shit, I got troubles of my own!
"I swear" is just an expression. I've heard people use it. It's meant to convey some kind of emotion; anger, exasperation, annoyance. I think what Ennis was trying to express was his love for Jack: "Jack, I swear..." he probably meant that he loved Jack and would never forget him. What's so hard to understand about that?
[quote]What's so hard to understand about that?
I never heard it used in that context.
When someone I knew said, "I swear," they usually followed it with something like "...if you don't get off that nun I'll...[insert threat]."