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September Dawn (2007)

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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Young Woman
Shaun Johnston ...
Franklin E. Levinson ...
Nancy Dunlap
Jacob Samuelson
Micah Samuelson
Reverend Grant Hudson
Emily Hudson
Barbara Gates Wilson ...
Martha Hudson
Robert Humphries
Ron Webber ...


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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The untold story of an American tragedy.


Drama | History | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

24 August 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crime ao Amanhecer  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


WILHELM SCREAM: Heard at the 1:11 mark in the movie, when a Native American brave is shot. See more »


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


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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28 December 2007 | by (Burnaby BC) – See all my reviews

I have been hearing many bad reviews for this movie, panning it for a perceived 'blanket condemnation of the Mormon Church.' What so many of these reviews refuse to take into consideration is the actual character of territorial Utah in the 1850s and the rest of the historical evidence.

The plain simple fact is that Utah at the time WAS full of zealous religiosity. Every statement made by Brigham Young in the movie comes from his published sermons. Utah territory was a harsh and repressive society, and the movie portrays this accurately.

This movie is in NO WAY a blanket condemnation of Mormonism, though it IS a condemnation of the Mormon Church *IN THE 1850s.* To say that this movie portrays them like "homesteading Nazis," is completely unfair.

John Voight's performance gives a perfect example of the sort of character found in Mormon authorities in the period, while his sons show us some of the various types of dissension, the outright rejection, and the horrified self-loathing obedience.

The only thing I can see wrong here is that they could have put some hostile people in the wagon company, as undoubtedly there would have been. I can understand why they did not however, in order to drive home just how terrible this massacre was. Whether or not Brigham Young was directly involved in the events is up for debate, but there can be no doubt that the teachings he espoused and the environment they engendered were a significant part of what caused the massacre.

In short, most of the negative reviews come either from Mormons or people who have very little background with regards to the history of Territorial Utah

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