A frontier family crosses the U.S. by wagon train, hoping for a better life in the Oregon Territory.

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Dr. Dutch
Anne Collings ...
Naome Sager
Dean Smith ...
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Billy Shaw
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Dehl Berti ...
White Elk
Bea Morris ...
Sally Shaw
Scott Petersen ...
Francis Sager
Debbie van Orden ...
Catherine Sager
Diane Petersen ...
Matilda Sager
Suzanne Petersen ...
Lousia Sager
Julie Petersen ...
Elizabeth Sager
Christy Clark ...
Anna Sager
Kliss Sparks ...
Mrs. Whitman
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A fictionalized account of the real-life adventure of the Sager family. Travelling with a wagon train from Missouri to Oregon, things are going well for them, until Henry Sager dies from blood poisoning following an Indian attack, and Naomi Sager dies soon afterward from pneumonia. The leaders of the wagon train decide to send the children back, but the oldest, John (who had been described by all the adults as lazy and worthless), decides to lead his siblings through the wilderness to complete the journey their parents started. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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20 December 1974 (USA)  »

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House Without Windows  »

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John and Francis Sager were killed in the Whitman Massacre near Walla Walla, Washington on 29 November 1847 by Cayuse Indians. The surviving Sager children were kidnapped and held for ransom, with Louisa Sager dying in captivity. See more »

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A paved road appears to run horizontally along the middle of the frame (at around 1 min) as the wagon train enters Fort Hall. See more »

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Only a Dream Away
Music by Robert O. Ragland
Lyric by Arthur Hamilton
Performed by Pat Boone
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Based on a true story
30 December 2005 | by (Saco, Maine) – See all my reviews

I never read the book that this movie's based on. It's about the Sager Party. The father, Henry, the mother Naome, and six children, starting with the oldest son, John, who leave Missouri for Oregon along the Oregon Trail in 1844. At the time they leave, Naome, John's mother, is pregnant with a seventh child. Catherine, born along the way, comes into a world of hardship. Henry dies of blood poisoning in an Indian raid. Naome, the mother, dies of pneumonia. The other members of the wagon train don't want John and his six brothers and sisters in the wagon train and order them to go back to Missouri. All the men in the wagon train regard John as shiftless and lazy. However, John refuses to turn back and is determined to get his family to Oregon. Along the way, they meet Kit Carson, and other historical characters. A couple of reviewers didn't like it. I liked it when it was on TV back in '70s. It should be remembered that back in the '70s, it didn't take very long for movies to make it to television from the movie screen.


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