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Meek's Cutoff (2010)

 -  Drama | Western  -  15 April 2011 (UK)
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Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions.

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The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon team of three families has hired the mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a short cut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage. Over the coming days, the emigrants must face the scourges of hunger, thirst and their own lack of faith in each other's instincts for survival. When a Native American wanderer crosses their path, the emigrants are torn between their trust in a guide who has proven himself unreliable and a man who has always been seen as the natural enemy. Written by Oscilloscope

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Rated PG for some mild violent content, brief language and smoking | See all certifications »

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$20,042 (USA) (8 April 2011)

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$977,600 (USA) (19 August 2011)
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In an early scene with the three women walking, there was abundant Russian thistle on the ground. The film was set in 1845, but Russian thistle (Salsola tragus) wasn't introduced to the United States until arriving in South Dakota in 1870 or 1874, as weed seed in flaxseed imported from Russia. See more »

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Jimmy White: [reading from Genesis] In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. And Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
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Not your John Wayne's West
8 August 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

My! If all movies were like that, I would spend my time sitting on the sofa and watch them. Fortunately there are only a few such gems which makes me walk, bike, work and do other things with my life. What an excellent portrayal of the pioneer experience as it probably really was unlike saccharine Technicolor productions with actors in clean clothes, with full makeup, high ethics, civilized, never tired and always with superb leader of John Wayne type who get them precisely to green pastures against all the odds such as lack of directions and maps, heat, Indians with unknown motives, conflicts among pioneers and diminishing slowly amount of water and food. Our movie is nothing like that. It is about a few confused people led by even more clueless pseudo leader who all got lost somewhere in the plains of Dakota. And unlike in a typical Western it is not men with their guns who may save them from death but one woman who takes upon herself the role of a leader in the face of a total failure of others pioneers. In her new role as reluctant guide she is inspired by an Indian - another delicious exception from your Western genre. The fact that we don't quite know what he says and what would come from this strange connection between him and heroine played by excellent Michelle Williams - sounds truthful compared with other movies where everybody illogically speak English and communicates in a few seconds. Please do more of this kind of movies. We are sophisticated viewers and want to know how things really are and were. We don't need to be fed with honey. Let us see the truth.


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