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The Legend of Tillamook's Gold (2006)

The Tillamook Treasure (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 23 April 2006 (USA)
Julie, a lonely fourteen year old girl, moves to Manzanita, an Oregon seaside town, from Los Angeles after her writer father, Robert, loses his job. Her family, including mother Kathryn and... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Brian McNamara ... Robert Kimbell
Julia Campbell ... Kathryn Kimbell
Brian Thompson ... Jimmy Kimbell
Suzanne Marie Doyon ... Julie Kimbell
Max Gail ... Grandpa Kimbell
Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman ... Standing Elk
Bradley Stryker ... Tom
Janine Doyon ... Susan Kimbell
Richard A. Doyon ... Clyde (as Richard Doyon)
Mary Stein ... Billie Stahl
Escher Holloway ... Eddy
Phillip Huber ... Puppeteer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leah Brisbois Leah Brisbois ... Indian Girl
Elizabeth Caldart Elizabeth Caldart ... Susan's friend
Kelly Dennis Kelly Dennis ... Logging show judge


Julie, a lonely fourteen year old girl, moves to Manzanita, an Oregon seaside town, from Los Angeles after her writer father, Robert, loses his job. Her family, including mother Kathryn and older sister Susan, has trouble adjusting to life in a small town. Julie's parents struggle with her father's unemployment and her sister, Susan, finds solace in a summer fling with Tom, a not-to-bright local logger. The story opens with 16th century Spanish sailors landing their launch on the beach of Manzanita. They carry a treasure chest up Neahkahnie Mountain, leading a manacled black slave. The treasure is buried and the slave is killed and laid on top of the ground to "guard" the treasure and frighten the Indians away. Back in present day, Julie has a dramatic encounter with a large Roosevelt Elk on the beach. It's hooves uncover an old Spanish gold coin in the sand. The Elk becomes Julie's silent, watchful guide and protector as she becomes fascinated by the legend of the Tillamook Treasure ... Written by Richard Doyon

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Drama | Family


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Did You Know?


The treasure legend is a real Oregon Coast legend. There are various versions of the legend. Only a few versions talk about the black slave. Spielberg's film, The Goonies, is based on the same legend but tells a whole different story. See more »


The Tribes of Grande Ronde Oregon are not from Central Oregon but from the central Coast Range Mountains of Oregon. See more »


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Ecellent family film
28 April 2006 | by lenrogerSee all my reviews

My wife and I have a couple of children in grade school and middle school. We have difficulty finding movies that we can go to as a family which we would all enjoy. We heard about this film at the Newport Beach Festival of Films and thought we'd give it a shot. We were so pleased. It appealed to our whole family and on the way home was the catalyst for a discussion about what it means to find inner strength.

The production was great. I know it was a low budget so I didn't expect the production values of a big studio movie but I was pleasantly surprised. It was exceptionally well done and you would never know it was a low budget independent. The acting was great. We loved the young girl (Suzanne Marie Doyon). She's going places. And the native American influence brought real depth to the film.

Kudos to the filmmakers.


(oh, yeah, the puppets were beautifully done. My youngest really got into them and even my near-high schooler thought they were great. They went far beyond a kids puppet show.

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