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
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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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When the settlers are shown walking beside their wagon train (at around 46 mins) just before reaching Fort Hall, one is wearing a modern green and white horizontal stripped shirt. 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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Interesting tale
2 November 2003 | by (Colorado, USA) – See all my reviews

This film was actually based on a true story of a families adventure on the Oregon trail. It was told to the writer by one of the actual daughters in the turn of the century. It is clearly not politically correct. (Nor was the frontier in 1843.) The family was actually following a structure based on the Bible. The Natives were called Indians and were not happy to see their land being taken, or their game shot. So they fought back, killed and stole what they could. The white settlers were clearly ignorant and it shows. (wow, what a surprise!) That said, my children were clearly entertained (as they were with "Against a crooked sky") A capable cast, most of the children were relatives in real life. No real standouts but fun. The ending was a bit abrupt, I was left wondering, is that it? Filmed on location so it has some nice cinematography.


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