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September Dawn (2007)

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A love story set during a tense encounter between a wagon train of settlers and a renegade Mormon group.


Christopher Cain
2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Terence Stamp ... Brigham Young
Trent Ford ... Jonathan Samuelson
Krisinda Cain ... Young Woman
Shaun Johnston ... Captain Fancher
Franklin E. Levinson Franklin E. Levinson ... Captain Baker
Jon Gries ... John D. Lee
Lolita Davidovich ... Nancy Dunlap
Jon Voight ... Jacob Samuelson
Taylor Handley ... Micah Samuelson
Daniel Libman ... Reverend Grant Hudson
Tamara Hope ... Emily Hudson
Barbara Gates Wilson Barbara Gates Wilson ... Martha Hudson
Huntley Ritter ... Robert Humphries
Dean Cain ... Joseph Smith
Ron Webber Ron Webber ... Hyrum Smith


A story set against the Mountain Meadows Massacre, the film is based upon the tragedy which occurred in Utah in 1857. A group of settlers, traveling on wagons, was murdered by the native Mormons. All together, about 140 souls of men, women and children, were taken. Amidst this, two young lovers-to-be, one a Mormon and the other one of the doomed settlers from Arkansas, develop a relationship in an atmosphere of suspicion and rancor. Written by Ploy P.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The untold story of an American tragedy.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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USA | Canada

Release Date:

24 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime ao Amanhecer See more »


Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$635,000, 26 August 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,066,555, 9 September 2007
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The execution of John D. Lee was actually quite accurate. He was the only participant in the massacre that was ever tried, and after two trials, he was convicted. The army took him out to the massacre sight on March 23, 1877 (nearly twenty years after the event occurred), and then ordered a firing squad to execute him. His body was buried several miles away from the massacre site. See more »


Contrary to what is stated by "Brigham Young" in the film, Joseph Smith never claimed to be a "god on Earth", nor did Brigham Young, nor were they considered such by any of their followers. See more »


Love Will Still Be There
Performed by Lee Ann Womack
Arranged and Produced by Steve Dorff
Written by Steve Dorff, Eric Kaz, Roger Cain
(p) 2007 MCA Nashville
Courtesy of MCA Nashville
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Some of my ancestors were killed in the massacre.
11 September 2007 | by tiemeier-1See all my reviews

Some members of my family were headed to California on a wagon train. They were massacred by native American Indians and morons dressed as Indians. They were George and Solomon Wood and Nancy Dunlap. They were the children of my great great great grandmother Winnie Mathis's half brother Judge William Wood. The whole story is in my family history book. It is all recorded in the Library of Congress cat. # 62-18053 recorded as the Meadows Mountain Massacre. It was quite real.

From my Family Tree/Family History Book "Two of Judge Woods sons Solomon and George and their families and their sister Mrs. Dunlap her husband and five children were in the Wagon Train that left Mo. for California in 1857. The 120 emigrants were massacred in lonely Mountain Meadows in Southern Utah, only 18 young children were spared. The Mormon men on the ground after the bloody deed, took an oath they would never mention the event again, either in public or in private. The leaders of the Mormon church also counseled silence. The emigrants were massacred by Indians and Mormons disguised as Indians. All of the adults were massacred. There were 12 or 13 children and one blind girl, that were taken into the Mormon homes. The government sent Pinkerton men to search for the children. They were found and returned home to their relatives. The Dunlap children were returned. This incident is recorded as the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Library of Congress catalog # 62-18053."

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