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September Dawn (2007)

A love story set during a tense encounter between a wagon train of settlers and a renegade Mormon group.

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Brigham Young
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Jonathan Samuelson
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Young Woman
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Captain Fancher
Franklin E. Levinson ...
Captain Baker
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John D. Lee
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Nancy Dunlap
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Jacob Samuelson
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Micah Samuelson
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Reverend Grant Hudson
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Emily Hudson
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Martha Hudson
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Robert Humphries
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Joseph Smith
Ron Webber ...
Hyrum Smith
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A story set against the Mountain Meadows Massacre, the film is based upon the tragedy which occurred in Utah in 1857. A group of settlers, traveling on wagons, was murdered by the native Mormons. All together, about 140 souls of men, women and children, were taken. Amidst this, two young lovers-to-be, one a Mormon and the other one of the doomed settlers from Arkansas, develop a relationship in an atmosphere of suspicion and rancor. Written by Ploy P.

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The untold story of an American tragedy.


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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »
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24 August 2007 (USA)  »

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Crime ao Amanhecer  »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$635,000, 26 August 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,066,555, 9 September 2007
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John D Lee had 19 wives and 67 children. At least eleven of his wives eventually left him. See more »

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Bishop Samuelson has a flashback of his participation in the destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor. It is shown being torched as if by a mob, but in fact, it was the city council who ordered the newspaper destroyed and was done in a peaceable manner. See more »

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Love Will Still Be There
Performed by Lee Ann Womack
Arranged and Produced by Steve Dorff
Written by Steve Dorff, Eric Kaz, Roger Cain
(p) 2007 MCA Nashville
Courtesy of MCA Nashville
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despite what's being said - a decent film worthy of a viewing.
23 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

Having now read most of the reviews, I will add mine - This is not a bad film, despite what many of the reviewers have said. Yes, it is somewhat one dimensional in its portrayal of the various parties involved. Yes, the Mormons are portrayed as the modern equivalent of Muslim terrorists (though back then, from what i have read, this is only a modest stretch). And finally, yes, there is a rather insipid romeo and Juliet theme flowing throughout.

Yes the film has its share of flaws. nevertheless, it is a beautiful film to watch, the characters are all filled with fine actors, and in reality, it is a reasonably accurate film as to the differences between the various groups. That the film's hero (jonathan) had no idea how people outside his lds group think and that the wagon train (illustrated by Emily) had no understanding of the Mormon's culture or paranoia is very believable (as the Mormon's were still a quite new group). Furthermore, like all sects, the members have a very one dimensional view of the world. I felt like this was a well done film on a subject few know much about. Well done. A worthy religious history drama.


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