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"Broken Trail" (2006) More at IMDbPro »TV mini-series 2006-

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Broken Trail: :  -- Top-rated miniseries!  Set in 1897, 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.


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Release Date:
25 June 2006 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary »
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 16 wins & 33 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A delicious surprise See more (87 total) »


 (Series Cast [16])

Robert Duvall ... Prentice Ritter (2 episodes, 2006)

Thomas Haden Church ... Tom Harte (2 episodes, 2006)

Greta Scacchi ... Nola Johns (2 episodes, 2006)

Gwendoline Yeo ... Sun Foy 'aka' #3 (2 episodes, 2006)

Chris Mulkey ... Big Ears (2 episodes, 2006)

Rusty Schwimmer ... Big Rump Kate (2 episodes, 2006)

Scott Cooper ... Gilpin (2 episodes, 2006)

Valerie Tian ... Ging Wa 'aka' #5 (2 episodes, 2006)

Caroline Chan ... Mai Ling 'aka' #2 (2 episodes, 2006)

Olivia Cheng ... Ye Fung 'aka' #4 (2 episodes, 2006)

Jadyn Wong ... Ghee Moon 'aka' #1 (2 episodes, 2006)
Donald Fong ... Lung Hay (2 episodes, 2006)

Peter Skagen ... Bartender / ... (2 episodes, 2006)

James Russo ... Captain Billy Fender (2 episodes, 2006)
Andrew Tomarin ... Loop (2 episodes, 2006)
Dave Trimble ... Dink Yeatman (2 episodes, 2006)

Series Directed by
Walter Hill (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Writing credits
Alan Geoffrion (2 episodes, 2006)

Series Produced by
Stanley M. Brooks .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2006)
Rob Carliner .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2006)
Robert Duvall .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2006)
Michael Frislev .... producer (2 episodes, 2006)
Damian Ganczewski .... producer (2 episodes, 2006)
Alan Geoffrion .... producer (2 episodes, 2006)
Walter Hill .... producer (2 episodes, 2006)
Chad Oakes .... producer (2 episodes, 2006)
Ronald Parker .... producer (2 episodes, 2006)
Christina Wayne .... executive producer (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Original Music by
David Mansfield (2 episodes, 2006)
Van Dyke Parks (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Cinematography by
Lloyd Ahern II (1 episode, 2006)
Series Film Editing by
Freeman A. Davies (1 episode, 2006)
Phil Norden (1 episode, 2006)
Series Casting by
Heike Brandstatter (2 episodes, 2006)
Barbara Fiorentino (2 episodes, 2006)
Rebecca Mangieri (2 episodes, 2006)
Wendy Weidman (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Production Design by
Ken Rempel (1 episode, 2006)
Series Art Direction by
Bill Ives (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Set Decoration by
Paul Healy (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Costume Design by
Wendy Partridge (1 episode, 2006)
Series Makeup Department
Tania El Zahr .... key makeup artist (2 episodes, 2006)
Penny Thompson .... department head hairstylist (2 episodes, 2006)
Sharon Toohey .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 2006)
Debbie Vandelaar .... department head makeup artist (2 episodes, 2006)
Series Production Management
Chris Danton .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Ian R. Smith .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Cynthia Stegner .... post-production executive (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jamie D. Allen .... second assistant director: second unit (unknown episodes)
Kenny Chaplin .... second assistant director: second unit (unknown episodes)
Phil Chipera .... first assistant director / second unit director (unknown episodes)
Shannon Corrie .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Lorie Gibson .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Allan Graf .... second unit director (unknown episodes)
Minh Luh .... on-set third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Craig Wallace .... first assistant director: second unit (unknown episodes)
Michele Williams .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Andy Robertson .... assistant art direction (2 episodes, 2006)

Crystal Husum .... paint foreman (unknown episodes, 2006)
Ron Darby .... scenic carpenter (unknown episodes)
Darcy Healy .... lead dresser (unknown episodes)
Charmaine Husum .... on-set scenic (unknown episodes)
Brad Kaughman .... head paint coordinator (unknown episodes)
Chris MacRae .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Alan McCullagh .... assistant set decorator (unknown episodes)
Erin Olinger .... assistant art director (unknown episodes)
Justin Onofriechuk .... assistant property master (unknown episodes)
Trevor Smith .... assistant art director (unknown episodes)
Susan Turner .... set designer (unknown episodes)
Cory Wills .... prop assistant (unknown episodes)
Ken Wills .... property master (unknown episodes)
Sherrie Wills .... props buyer (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Kevin Howard .... supervising sound editor / supervising sound effects editor (2 episodes, 2006)

Dicken Berglund .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
James Doser .... adr recordist (unknown episodes)
Danny Reisch .... assistant adr engineer (unknown episodes)
Justan Ross .... sound assistant (unknown episodes)
Randy Wilson .... foley recordist (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Bob David .... special effects technician (unknown episodes)
Mike Friesen .... special effects technician (unknown episodes)
Neil Krause .... second unit effects (unknown episodes)
Wade Maurer .... main unit key (unknown episodes)
Leo Wieser .... special effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Chris Tezber .... visual effects coordinator (2 episodes, 2006)

David Alexander .... digital artist: Switch VFX (unknown episodes)
Jon Campfens .... visual effects supervisor: Switch VFX (unknown episodes)
Chris DeCristo .... compositing supervisor: CBS Digital (unknown episodes)
Mark Fordham .... lead matte painter: Switch VFX (unknown episodes)
Ray Giarratana .... visual effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
Glen Guenette .... digital compositor: Switch VFX (unknown episodes)
Gudrun Heinze .... lead digital artist: Switch VFX (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Dwight Beard .... stunt wagon driver (2 episodes, 2006)

Guy Bews .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Corry Glass .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Chyanne Hodgson .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Archie Kan .... camera trainee (2 episodes, 2006)
Carey Toner .... a camera/steadicam operator (2 episodes, 2006)

Chris Bang .... second assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Roch Daigle .... key grip (unknown episodes)
Casey Harrison .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Dennis Head .... generator operator (unknown episodes)
Larry R.J. Jones .... rigging gaffer (unknown episodes)
Chris Large .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
Doug Lavender .... head focus puller (unknown episodes)
Keith Marion .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Terry McNeill .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Tim Milligan .... key dolly grip (unknown episodes)
Curtis Otte .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Sean K. Smith .... lighting rigger (unknown episodes)
Christopher G. Sprague .... gaffer (unknown episodes)
Daryl Strilchuk .... best boy grip (unknown episodes)
Rob Turko .... best boy electric (unknown episodes)
Roger Vernon .... director of photography: second unit (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Heike Brandstatter .... casting: Canada (2 episodes, 2006)
Jackie Lind .... casting: Calgary (2 episodes, 2006)
Coreen Mayrs .... casting: Canada (2 episodes, 2006)

Kristi Daniels .... casting intern (unknown episodes)
Samantha Finkler .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
Alyson Lockwood .... extras casting (unknown episodes)
Lindsey Weissmueller .... casting intern (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathleen Morley .... assistant costume designer (1 episode, 2006)
Series Editorial Department
Rob Evans .... colorist (unknown episodes)
Aram Nigoghossian .... additional editor (unknown episodes)
Trevor Risbridger .... conforming editor (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Matt Cartsonis .... music producer (unknown episodes)
Craig Eastman .... musician: fiddle, viola, tenor violin, erhu and hurdy gurdy (unknown episodes)
Michael Lloyd .... music supervisor (unknown episodes)
Carl Sealove .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Doug Slupski .... driver: hair/make-up/wardrobe truck (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Tom Chen .... publicity consultant (2 episodes, 2006)
JJ Osbun .... assistant to producers (2 episodes, 2006)

Fernando Alessandri .... assistant: Mr. Brooks (unknown episodes)
Bonni Baynton .... script supervisor: second unit (unknown episodes)
Jay Daniel Beechinor .... assistant to producers (unknown episodes)
Dusty Bews .... head wrangler (unknown episodes)
Chris Cinnamon .... office production assistant (unknown episodes)
Hudson Cooley .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Christopher Lawrence Evans .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Ed Huery .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Patricia Johnson .... unit publicist (unknown episodes)
Nimo Mathenge .... assistant: Mr. Ganczewski (unknown episodes)
Leslie Maynes .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Samantha Nottingham-Carew .... first assistant accountant payroll (unknown episodes)
Anna Rane .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Daniel Rauth .... assistant: Mr. Ganczewski (unknown episodes)
Chris Scheuerman .... directing intern (unknown episodes)
Chantal Teasdale .... key craft service (unknown episodes)
Bradford Walker .... stand-in (unknown episodes)
Edward Zachara .... assistant location manager: second unit (unknown episodes)
Series Thanks
Adam Prince .... very special thanks (2 episodes, 2006)

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Additional Details

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184 min (2 parts)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: Towards the end of the movie, when Ed "Big Ears" Bywater is threatening to nail Prent's "credentials" to the log, the horse shoe nail in his mouth disappears and reappears depending on the camera angle.See more »
Prentice Ritter:Without marriage and women we'd all have been drunk, shot ourselves to death, or died of the clap.See more »
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32 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
A delicious surprise, 26 June 2006
Author: colleencarolm from United States

A good Western is a treat, like comfort food for the soul. Robert Duvall is a favorite of mine, and he is wonderful in this movie, as always, but the surprise factor here is Thomas Haden Church, who I remember as a Mechanic in the sitcom, Wings. Watching him playing a 19th century cowboy in this project, well,- he seems made for the part: serious, soft-spoken, and a little too lean from trying to eke out a living in tough times. Wonderful! I hope to see more of him in the future.

The scenery is as beautiful as I expected, and I don't care that it was shot in Canada instead of the U.S. I do wish there had been a little more emphasis on the horses, though. The promos advertised the movie as being about a horse drive, but that was only a premise for the other story lines. They were supposed to be herding 300 to 500 horses, but it sure didn't look like that many to me. But, I guess I'm getting pretty picky there. It was satisfying to watch, regardless of whether there were hundreds of horses, or only about 75, as it looked like to me.

There is one scene in the movie that is almost a reverse "Man from Snowy River"-type scene, where they herd their horses UP a steep hill, and that was interesting. I'm not actually comparing the riding in this movie to the incomparable Charlie Lovick's downhill riding in the most famous scene from Snowy River, but it did bring that movie to mind.

If you like western movies, you'll like this mini series, and it might spark an interest in a part of our American history that is not particularly well known,- the Chinese immigration during the gold rush of the 1800s.

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