Cold Mountain (2003). In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart.
I love this film. Sprawling and epic and so, so heartfelt, it lends such weight to the power of relationships in tumultuous times. It doesn’t undermine female friendships, nor new, tender romances. It rather lovingly explores the power of the created friendship (and man, if you know me you know that that is the quickest way to my heart). It’s beautifully shot too which helps, beautifully scouted. I also think you’d be pressed to see a more beautiful couple than Jude Law and Nicole Kidman. They’re really gorgeous together (and you totes get to see them have sexy times in a surprisingly hot scene). 8/10.
Cold Mountain (1/12) Movie CLIP - The Siege of Petersburg (2003) HD
The movie begins with a powerful scene illustrating the disastrous Mine Attack during the Siege of Petersburg. Early in the morning, Union troops stack barrels of gunpowder and lay the fuse in a mine as the Confederate soldiers, entrenched hundreds of feet away.
From June 26th until about July 26th, 400 Union troops secretly built the 510ft mine that ended 20ft under the Confederate trenches. Eight thousand pounds of gun powder were placed in the mine and the fuse was lit at 3:15am on July 29th. Nothing happened. After an hour of waiting, they checked the fuse and discovered it had burned for only forty feet. Once the fuse was fixed and relit, the now anxious Union troops awaited the explosion. At 4:44am, the ground began to shake and tremble, then suddenly fire and smoke burst out of the earth. Bodies and cannons flew into the air as Union troops watched in awe. Before troops charged in, the Confederate lines were bombarded with gunfire and mortars for over an hour. The artillery fire created an intense haze of smoke. Troops rushed in, but many became confused and disoriented standing in the crater with no guidance on where to go next. By 6am, two thousand men stood in the crater with the outer lines fighting the Confederates.