Cold Mountain              

She was happy to escape from Charleston which she considered to be a world of slaves and corsets and cotton.

Not knowing war, the men of Cold Mountain openly wished to join the war of northern aggression, willing to fight for the right of rich southerners to maintain slaves, though there were none on Cold Mountain.

Once injured Inman attempts to find his way back to Cold Mountain, not wanting to be shot again for something he did not believe in -- quite a change from thinking of the war as one of northern aggression. But he would have to be careful, least he be found by the independent raiders who, not fighting themselves, made it their job to hunt down deserters. Inman is not careful enough and is captured only to escape and eventually be reunited briefly with his beloved Inman.

Cold Mountain was released in 2003, stars Jude Law as Inman, Nicole Kidman as Ada Monroe and Renee Zellweger as Ruby These. It is the rough-edged Ruby who relates how she was alternately beaten, ignored and abandoned by father, who has become self sufficient and moves in with Ada when her father dies leaving her alone on Cold Mountain to fend for herself. To Reverend Monroe’s statement that he would not preach war from his pulpit, Inman had responded reflectively, "I imagine God is weary of being called down on both sides of an argument." And it was the pensive Inman who realized the mistake of war and his impulsive action in joining up to fight. It was Inman who would be the future of Reverend Monroe’s daughter Ada, if he lived to return to Cold Mountain. His efforts to return to Cold Mountain account for the bulk of the film.

Cold Mountain pulls viewers into the lives of poor mountain people living through a horrible time in our history.  These are not slaver keeping people, and they are not a violent people.  But they have been pulled into what has been painted glamorous by those who need their blood and bullets to sustain their way of life that is based on their use and abuse of others.  It is a great movie!  --

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Luke 14:31 (KJV) Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?