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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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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
25 June 2006 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Print Miller feels guilty about inheriting his nephew's mother's house and partners up with him to drive horses for for sale in an eventful journey. Full summary »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 15 wins & 24 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Mesmerizing and kept me enthralled both nights. See more (87 total) »

Cast

 (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)

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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184 min (2 parts)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
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.See more »
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42 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Mesmerizing and kept me enthralled both nights., 27 June 2006
Author: shirleyw-2 from Los Angeles

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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