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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

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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
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Directed by
Terrence J. Martin 
 
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(in alphabetical order)
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 .... executive producer (as John Emerson Moore)
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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USA:95 min
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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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Referenced in Zombies: A Living History (2011) (TV)See more »

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17 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Historically inaccurate, 9 November 2010
Author: nickheathcote from United States

The film is not based on any true historical fact as far as I could see. Even in the opening, the eventual place the Donner party hoped to get to was written as 'Sutter Fort.' Twice. Most Californians know the fort was Sutter's Fort. Glaring typo from the get go or laziness with regard to historical accuracy. You don't even have to be a Californian to know it is Sutter's Fort because the site is mentioned in grade school textbooks.

The rescue party consisted of much fewer members than were portrayed. The cannibalism occurred in the Donner camp and it was only as a very last resort and the 'victim' was already dead from exposure and starvation.

The film would have been much better if the director had focused on the powerful stories of the survivors instead of resorting to a sensationalistic cannibalism tale. There was so much more to this drama than starving humans compromising all they believed in by eating human flesh.

I could not even watch the entire film because it was so dreadful.

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