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Byline: BY JESSICA MELLOR

Who would have thought that a film which turned the most American profession of all - that of being a cowboy - on its head would capture the hearts of Americans everywhere?

This fascinating film, directed by Ang Lee, picked up a host of awards. Three Oscars and four Golden Globes are just some of the accolades heaped on Lee and his leading men Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal. They all deserve them because each took a chance on a film that wouldn't have been made even a few years ago.

Ennis (Ledger) and Jack (Gyllenhaal) are cowboys thrown together on a lonely mountain top in the summer of 1963 when they go to work herding and protecting Joe's (Randy Quaid) enormous herd of sheep. As they while away the long days and lonely nights, the pair become very close - physically and emotionally - until their respective lives force them to part.

Both struggle with the strong feelings they hold for each other while living the lives expected of them, until they take a chance and meet regularly a few times every year on the same mountain that brought them together. …