Broken Trail (2006)

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Print Miller feels guilty about inheriting his nephew's mother's house and partners up with him to drive horses for sale in an eventful journey.

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Series cast summary:
 Prentice Ritter (2 episodes, 2006)
 Tom Harte (2 episodes, 2006)
 Nola Johns (2 episodes, 2006)
 Sun Foy 'aka' #3 (2 episodes, 2006)
 Big Ears (2 episodes, 2006)
 Big Rump Kate (2 episodes, 2006)
 Gilpin (2 episodes, 2006)
 Ging Wa 'aka' #5 (2 episodes, 2006)
 Mai Ling 'aka' #2 (2 episodes, 2006)
 Ye Fung 'aka' #4 (2 episodes, 2006)
 Ghee Moon 'aka' #1 (2 episodes, 2006)
Donald Fong ...
 Lung Hay (2 episodes, 2006)
 Bartender / ... (2 episodes, 2006)
 Captain Billy Fender (2 episodes, 2006)
Dave Trimble ...
 Dink Yeatman (2 episodes, 2006)


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 make it longer (from the book "Dificult Men: behind the scenes of a creative revolution" by Brett Martin). See more »


When Nola is doing laundry and telling Print about here past, he smokes a couple of cigarettes. Later when they sit together by the river at night, and Print lights a cigarette, she says she didn't know that he smoked. See more »


Prentice Ritter: I get rousted out of my sleep sometimes when Nature calls. I find there's something frightening 'bout that hour of the night 'cause there ain't no foolin' yourself 'bout what you done or what you hadn't done with your life.
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Mesmerizing and kept me enthralled both nights.
27 June 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

As a Chinese-American, I had no doubt I would schedule my life around the two nights BROKEN TRAIL was airing. Having seen part 2 last night, I am still reeling from the beauty of the backdrop, the vastness and the loneliness--something I remember from the film, A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, which was also in Wyoming I believe and definitely featured fly fishing but I digress.

Robert Duvall said in an interview on CBS' Sunday Morning that BROKEN TRAIL represented the finale to his western trilogy (Lonesome Dove, Open Range and now Broken Trail) and that's sad but what a body of work he's left us and countless generations to enjoy! I loved the economy of language because that's how I imagine life was among men in those days. The leisurely pace of the film might have pulled the story down but not in this case. I applaud AMC for going forward with this production and the minimal intrusion of commercials. I truly hope this comes out on DVD because I know I will have to have it. I found the casting to be perfect and disagree with the reviewer who lamented the exclusion of Tom Selleck or Keith Carradine among others. The familiarity I felt for Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church was enough without being overwhelming--they just seemed to lend honesty and truth to their performances--more known actors weren't needed. I appreciated the fact this wasn't a cast of thousands, although there were suppose to be 500 horses or so...

My final comment to all who enjoyed this mini-series and to those who did not know much of the Chinese who came to the 'Golden Mountain' in the 1800's--please look for Ruthanne Lum McCunn's book, "THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD" which is based on a true story (I'm still not sure if Broken Trail is, although I believe the writer was somewhat influenced by this book since there are common threads i.e. Chinese girls sold into prostitution and setting roots in far flung states--Idaho in the book and Wyoming in the mini-series). THOUSAND PIECES...has also been made into a film but is not as good as BROKEN TRAIL.

I can't wait for AMC to show repeat airings--for any of you who didn't get a chance--WATCH IT!!!

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