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Meek's Cutoff -- A drama centered on three pioneer families on the Oregon Trail, circa 1845.

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Director:
Writer:
Jonathan Raymond (screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 April 2011 (Ireland) See more »
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Plot:
Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
5 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Henry and Kristl took Meek's Cutoff(2010) See more (93 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Michelle Williams ... Emily Tetherow

Bruce Greenwood ... Stephen Meek

Will Patton ... Soloman Tetherow

Zoe Kazan ... Millie Gately

Paul Dano ... Thomas Gately

Shirley Henderson ... Glory White

Neal Huff ... William White

Tommy Nelson ... Jimmy White
Rod Rondeaux ... The Indian
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Directed by
Kelly Reichardt 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jonathan Raymond  screenplay (as Jon Raymond)

Produced by
Elizabeth Cuthrell .... producer
Todd Haynes .... executive producer
Neil Kopp .... producer
Phil Morrison .... executive producer
Andrew Pope .... executive producer
Laura Rosenthal .... executive producer
Mike S. Ryan .... executive producer
Vincent Savino .... co-producer
Anish Savjani .... producer
Rajen Savjani .... executive producer
Steven Tuttleman .... executive producer
David Urrutia .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jeff Grace 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Blauvelt 
 
Film Editing by
Kelly Reichardt 
 
Casting by
Laura Rosenthal 
 
Production Design by
David Doernberg 
 
Art Direction by
Kat Uhlmansiek 
 
Costume Design by
Victoria Farrell  (as Vicki Farrell)
 
Makeup Department
Linda Andrews .... key makeup artist
David Kennedy .... key hair stylist
David Kennedy .... wig stylist
Jamespatrick Smith Jr. .... makeup artist
Leo Won .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Brett Cranford .... unit production manager
Josh Rappaport .... post-production supervisor (as Joshua Rappaport)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Carroll .... first assistant director
Kyle Eaton .... second assistant director
Rose Leiker .... additional second assistant director
Matt O'Connor .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Michael Brophy .... storyboard artist
Victoria Farrell .... embroidery: title (as Vicki Farrell)
Marlene McCarty .... embroidery: title
Guthrie McCarty-Vachon .... illustrator: main title
Jason Ruffolo .... set dresser
Joe Rynearson .... set dresser
Kate Smith .... set dresser
Nate Smith .... assistant property master
Ryan Warren Smith .... property master (as Ryan Smith)
Arly Williams .... art intern
 
Sound Department
Felix Andrew .... sound mixer
Javier Bennassar .... supervising sound editor
Jean-Michel Beranger .... french dubbing mixer
Ryan Collins .... assistant sound editor
Lara Dale .... foley artist
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Tim Limer .... mix recordist
A. Josh Reinhardt .... foley mixer (as Josh Reinhardt)
Leslie Shatz .... sound designer
Leslie Shatz .... sound re-recording mixer
Dell Winter .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Mandell Winter .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Brad Dunten .... fire expert
 
Stunts
Brian Duffy .... utility stunts
Khristian Lupo .... utility stunts
Jason Rodriguez .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Efrem .... gaffer
Eric Hill .... still photographer
Stephen MacDougall .... first assistant camera
Simon Max Hill .... still photographer
Jason McCormick .... additional first assistant camera
Kyle Metzger .... camera swing
Eliza Plumlee .... second assistant camera
Madison Rowley .... film loader
Greg Schmitt .... camera operator: "b" camera
Greg Schmitt .... steadicam operator
Matthew Semchee .... additional key grip
Chris Strauser .... additional second assistant camera
Savannah Teller-Brown .... camera loader
Corey Walter .... still photographer
Greg Wick .... camera swing
Brian Shotzbarger .... key grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Maribeth Fox .... casting associate
Simon Max Hill .... casting: Oregon
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Grace Ryung Kim .... costume maker (uncredited)
Jamespatrick Smith Jr. .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Gordon Bell .... first assistant editor
Donnie Creighton .... digital intermediate producer
Eric Hill .... editorial technical consultant
Michael D. Most .... digital intermediate colorist (as Mike Most)
Jon Pehlke .... on-line editor
Tim Safarik .... colorist: dailies
Tomas Vengris .... first assistant editor
David Waters .... digital intermediate producer
Tricia Chiarenza .... color timer (uncredited)
Paul Amadeus Kim .... on-line editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dave Eggar .... music producer
Dave Eggar .... musician: cello
Jeff Grace .... music producer
Stefan Karrer .... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
George Adams .... assistant production coordinator
Sotirios Bakouros .... set intern
Arpita Banker .... production accountant
Morgan Bateman .... animal trainer
Gordon Bell .... script supervisor
Mike Brantley .... set teacher
M.E. Buckner .... historical consultant
John Burnside .... translator: Nez Perce language
Barbara Carr .... representative: American Humane Association
Rives Curtright .... production assistant
Scott Davis .... animal trainer
Sarah Devere .... office production assistant
Greta Emang .... set medic
Rosario Estrella .... set intern
Roger D. Faires .... location manager (as Roger Faires)
Evan Franulovich .... production assistant
Sam Gaty .... production assistant
Nicole Hawkins .... production accountant
Mark Jarrett .... additional locations
Matt Jay .... production assistant
Michael J. Jones .... historical consultant
Paul Kohler .... additional locations
Rosen Lewis .... production legal
Marlene McCarty .... title designer: main and end titles
Kalen Mendenhall .... set intern
Kellen Molica .... production office intern
Mike Morris Jr. .... animal trainer (as Mike Morris)
Kristen Parr .... translator: Nex Perce language
David Parson .... production assistant
John Parson .... production assistant
Paul Parson .... set intern
Lance Rosen .... production legal
Erin Shelley .... animal trainer
Natasha Shumny .... post facilities coordinator
Alison R. Smith .... animal trainer (as Alison Smith)
Cody Smith .... animal trainer
Diana Smith .... animal trainer
Tanya Smith .... production coordinator
Sara Suffriti .... chef: dinner
Scott Tuning .... medical supervisor
Nicholas Van Atta .... chef assistant: dinner (as Nick Van Atta)
Zoe Bower .... post facilities manager (uncredited)
Tana David .... post facilities coordinator (uncredited)
Evan Franulovich .... craft service (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Matthew Ebert .... thanks
Larry Fessenden .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Meek's Oregon 1845 Cutoff" - USA (long title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for some mild violent content, brief language and smoking
Runtime:
104 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:G (Ontario) | Germany:6 | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #46670)
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Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Henry and Kristl took Meek's Cutoff(2010), 28 May 2014
Author: meritcoba from Alkmaar

"What a curious movie," Kristl said when the credits rolled.

"It was boring," Henry exclaimed waving his hands around in an agitated manner, "Nothing happens. A group of settlers travel through a desert landscape trying to find water and escape it. Eventually they capture an Indian who might know where they can find water. The movie ends abruptly as it started. With no introduction and no conclusion. Like you just get to see a part of a story."

"Perhaps that is what they meant to show?"

"Well, they showed it in a boring way."

"I liked the movie. Even though it starts and ends suddenly. A movie that takes its time. Not too much dialog. And there is something happening. The Indian and the guide Meek are opposites. Both offer the settlers a way out, but both can not be trusted to deliver. The Indian because he is considered a hostile and they can not understand him and the guide because he does not know what he is doing."

"But it's not very exciting."

"And there is this part in which you see the relation between the men and the women. When they are 'voting' the women have no vote apparently. I like the way it felt much more realistic than most westerns."

"Okay, but regardless of that.. nothing much happens in the way of fighting or overcoming obstacles. Hell, there isn't even an proper end to the story," Henry said.

"Some movies can be interesting without fighting. I think that it is a neat movie. Very small cast. Mostly relying on the story, situation and acting. There isn't a real good person or bad person. Just believable humans in a bad situation who have to make decisions with little to go on."

"I would rather see a more action kind of movie next. You can have good movies with action."

"Uhm that is true, but sometimes it is nice to see a movie that is different."

"Why?"

"Because maybe we can learn thing or two. Or broaden our horizons. Or feel human."

"Perhaps some people find that nice. I rather have an action packed movie. Or a thriller. Or something exciting happening."

"I like all kinds.."

"As far as I know you like all kinds of movies, but not many of them," Henry winked at Kristl.

Kristl laughed.

"How many did you actually like."

"Actually I can like a movie and be critical."

"Really? How can that be. Like give an example."

"Well, this movie I liked, but it is also a very slow movie and I feel like it misses something that would make it pop. Like something that grips you."

"It lacks gun-toting kick ass girls with pigtails wearing short skirts," Henry grinned.

"Hmm.. maybe. Maybe what it lacks is that I never get attached to the characters. Not involved with them. While it is true it has only a very small cast.. the amount of characters is actually too high to get involved."

"That is a contradiction…"

"Not at all. What I mean is this: normally a movie revolves in essence around one or two characters. While all the others are added in. In this movie none of the characters in the story has a leading part. And since everyone gets as much time as any other, there is not much time to get you involved with any one of them. Maybe a little bit with one of the woman. In fact, I can't recall their names, except for Meek's name."

"You are right.. I can't recall their names."

"So the movie feels like a distant movie observing a group of people traveling through a desert and that distance makes it hard to care," Kristl said, "So I like the movie and I am critical about it."

"I am more simple. I don't like the movie. It is boring."

"Okay. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions."

"I hope so..and just to wash away the taste of this rather boring movie, we have Doom next."

"I do not play computer games, Henry."

"I meant the movie."

"Ah. alright. We can take a look at that one. If you want to."

"Yes..And it has an actor in it called The Rock."

"That sounds...impressive."

"You bet."

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