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The Donner Party -- Based on the real events of The Donner Party tragedy. The Donner Party was a group of California-bound American settlers caught up in the western expansion of the 1840s. After becoming snowbound in the Sierra Nevada during the winter of 1846-1847, a number of the trapped settlers joined together in a final effort to reach California and organize a rescue party.

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Cast

  (in credits order)

Crispin Glover ... William Foster

Clayne Crawford ... William Eddy

Michele Santopietro ... Amanda McCutchen

Mark Boone Junior ... Franklin Graves

Christian Kane ... Charles Stanton

Crispian Belfrage ... Patrick Dolan

Catherine Black ... Ann Fosdick

Jamie Anne Allman ... Eleanor Eddy

Jack Kyle ... Milt McCutchen

Cary Wayne Moore ... Jay Fosdick

Alison Haislip ... Mary Graves

Mara LaFontaine ... Sarah Foster

John A. Lorenz ... Luis

Directed by
Terrence J. Martin 
 
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Terrence J. Martin  writer

Produced by
Mark Costa .... producer
Greg Ives .... executive producer
Cory Johnson .... executive producer
Eric Liesemer .... executive producer
Ted Meyer .... producer
J.E. Moore .... producer (as John Emerson Moore)
Dawson Warner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Eimear Noone 
 
Cinematography by
Seamus Tierney 
 
Film Editing by
Richard Conkling 
 
Production Design by
Jeff Pettit 
 
Art Direction by
Maynard Mendoza 
 
Costume Design by
Alysia Raycraft 
 
Makeup Department
Kayla Barry .... key hair stylist
Andy Chavez .... makeup artist
Greg McDougall .... makeup artist
Daniela Richardson .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Dona Ha .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marcelo Chow .... second second assistant director
Colleen Cortes .... second assistant director
J.E. Moore .... second unit director (as John Emerson Moore)
Matt Zettell .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Ryan Baker .... property master
 
Sound Department
Victor Bakken .... boom operator
James Barth .... adr recordist
Daniel Kahn .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Greg McDougall .... special effects makeup
 
Stunts
John A. Lorenz .... fight choreography
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ryan Baker .... additional cinematography
Vince Donoho .... grip
Alicia Garcia .... second assistant camera
Michael Hansen .... director of photography: second unit
Michael Lockridge .... first assistant camera
Kathryn Moss .... first assistant camera (as Kathryn Comkowycz)
Chris Patterson .... gaffer
John Christian Patterson .... gaffer
Ernest Saldana .... key grip
Michele K. Short .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susan Carter Hall .... key costumer
Stormy King .... wardrobe supervisor
Amanda Wing Yee Lee .... wardrobe
Caitlin Talmage .... costumer
 
Music Department
Craig Stuart Garfinkle .... music editor
Craig Stuart Garfinkle .... score producer
Jeff Johns .... executive producer: soundtrack album
Eammon Noone .... composer: additional music
Eimear Noone .... conductor
Eimear Noone .... orchestrator
Jonathan Levi Shanes .... additional music arranger
Jonathan Levi Shanes .... music programmer
 
Other crew
Mario Aguja .... script supervisor
Andrew Steig .... production assistant
Adam Stern .... production assistant
Isaac Stovall .... production assistant
 

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Rated R for some violence
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Continuity: After the group leaves with Stanton, when Graves attacks Fosdick, Fosdick's hat falls off as they hit the ground. When the camera angle changes, it's back on his head. Then when the camera angle changes again, it's gone.See more »
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3 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Disappointing Version of the Legendary Event, 25 September 2011
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Donner Party, The (2009)

** (out of 4)

Disappointing telling of the now infamous Donner Party, a group of people traveling from Missouri to California but along their journey they decide to try a short-cut but this leads them into the Sierra Mountains where they become trapped by the snow. Our film starts off with them running out of food so a group of people try to walk away from the camp in hopes of finding safety but soon their chances of survival become even slimmer so they must resort to cannibalism. THE DONNER PARTY is a low-budget film that sadly never really gets anything right. This movie is far from being horrible but there's no denying that it's a major disappointment as the screenplay and direction just aren't what's needed for the material. The problem with the story itself is that there's never any real connection to any of the characters. There's no denying that what they're going through is quite depressing but this is only true because we know the real story. The "story" being told on the screen just never really grabs your attention and it certainly never pulls you into any sort of drama. There's not a single character in the film that you really care for and I can't believe the screenplay wouldn't develop them any more. Another problem with the story is that it's just not all that interesting. I think a better story would have been about the actual case involving them setting out, taking the wrong trail and then the winter stuff. Instead, we're given a story of a small party who set out to find help. Again, the screenplay just doesn't make it entertaining. I'd also say that the direction is at fault because there's not a bit of atmosphere throughout the film. This was another disappointment because there's not a single scene where you get to feel as if you're there with the people and that dramatic danger of what the characters are going through is something that never connects with the viewer. Clayne Crawford steals the film in his lead role and Crispin Glover is also pretty good in a very restrained performance. However, at the end of the day the performances aren't enough to make this movie. If you want to know about the Donner Party it's best to check out a book or some other documentary.

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