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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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Young Woman
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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Crime ao Amanhecer  »

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$635,000 (USA) (24 August 2007)

Gross:

$1,066,555 (USA) (7 September 2007)
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Trivia

There is a memorial dedicated to those who died in the massacre. It is in Washington County, Utah. See more »

Goofs

Emily Hudson is a main character in this film. In reality, the Hudsons left the wagon train before it reached Utah. See more »

Soundtracks

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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A tragic historical event spiced up with an unlikely love story
7 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a story that needs telling, and perhaps a bare documentary would have gone unnoticed. I was bothered, however, by the introduction of an unlikely horse-breaking scene, a subsequent act of remarkable generosity, and a love-at-first-sight romance. These run counter to the actual events and distort the nature of the massacre. Apart from that I liked the portrayal very much. It does a good job of portraying the distrust the Mormons had of the rest of the nation, including the government, of their resentment toward Missouri and toward the mob that murdered Joseph Smith in Illinois, and the failure of the government that had him in its custody.

Although the movie was shot in Alberta, the scenery is not unlike that in the Mountain Meadows area, except, of course, for the lake or river in which the young emigrant was able to bathe. I could be mistaken, but I don't think there is one.


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