A veteran cowboy and his nephew save five Chinese girls from prostitution while trekking from Oregon to Wyoming.
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 Prentice Ritter (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Tom Harte (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Nola Johns (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Big Ears (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Big Rump Kate (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Sun Foy 'aka' #3 (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Gilpin (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Ging Wa 'aka' #5 (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Ye Fung 'aka' #4 (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Ghee Moon 'aka' #1 (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Lung Hay (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Colonial Bartender / ... (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Mai Ling 'aka' #2 (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Captain Billy Fender (2 episodes, 2006)
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Set in 1898, Print Ritter and his estranged nephew Tom Harte become the reluctant guardians of five abused and abandoned Chinese girls. Ritter and Harte's attempts to care for the girls are complicated by their responsibility to deliver a herd of horses while avoiding a group of bitter rivals intent on kidnapping the girls for their own purposes. Written by anonymous

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This title was a 2 hour movie in the beginning, but AMC wanted to develop an original series, so they made it longer (from the book "Dificult Men: behind the scenes of a creative revolution" by Brett Martin). See more »

Goofs

After the final gun fight when they are standing in the barn, Print has his left arm around two of the girls and Nola is standing to their right. When the camera angle changes, Nola is now standing between the girls with her arms around them. See more »

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Tom Harte: [after killing the man who stole from them, Harte returns to find his uncle teaching the girls English] So I went and got our horses and our money... had to stretch a fella... and you start a finishing school for Chinese girls.
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"We're all travelers in this world… Birth till death… We travel between the eternities…"

The film opens in Chinatown San Francisco, 1898 where we five exotic virgins from the Celestial Empire are bought by Captain Billy Fender (James Russo) to be sold as slaves and introduced into the brief and violent life of prostitution…

Robert Duvall stars as "Print" Ritter, an old cowhand whose sister left a will inheriting all to him rather than to her own son, Tom Harte (Thomas Haden Church) who lives in John Day Country Oregon...

Print ignores why she has done it, or why was crossed between the two, but his sister done it…

Print got the idea to buy a team of tough, high-desert mustangs—three to eight years of age—to take them to Sheridan, Wyoming to sell to the British Empire; the money they'll earn will be to increase their capital… And on the shares, Print figures a 25-75 split on profits after expenses and loan repayment to the bank…

From this point, Hill's Western becomes a road movie, with all kinds of odd characters, from ugly villains to a friendly musician, but the key to "Broken Trail" is that through a series of circumstances, fate has placed the five Chinese innocent girls in the hands of Tom and his uncle… But the reality is another… Their families sold them to that rat captain heading out to the mining camp, where Kate, an odious saloon owner, bought them from an associate in San Francisco…

Our two cowboys save the girls' lives from rape and take them along on their journey…

With great photography, gorgeous vistas, perilous ground, sensible brave girls, good and decidedly courageous men, great action when it is necessary, and a big confrontation at the climax of the movie, Hill's Western is a must see film for the fans of the genre…


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