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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.

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Christopher Cain
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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.

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The untold story of an American tragedy.


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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

24 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime ao Amanhecer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Emily Hudson is a main character in this film. In reality, the Hudsons left the wagon train before it reached Utah. See more »

Soundtracks

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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Hollywoodised version of a dreadful event
20 December 2007 | by nowegoSee all my reviews

I saw this movie recently with an open mind and with no idea of Mormon history. After seeing the movie I then read as much as I could find on the actual event before writing this comment.

This movie is a hollywoodised version of events that did happen, no one is disputing that it happened, the comments on this site who have slammed the movie and given it 1 star seem to be those who are either Mormons or Mormon sympathisers who don't like the truth being openly told.

Without the hollywoodised love story and the "too" clean travelers the movie seemed to follow accounts of what happened reasonably accurately in my eyes.

From what I have read about the event I think the makers were right in making it look like a cover up by the Mormons, we have to remember that religious leaders had great say in how things are done in societies of the time, and unfortunately still do today.

As has happened many times in history, a scapegoat is often used to cover up the misdeeds of those in higher authority.

See the movie with an open mind then do the research and make up your own mind about who should have been punished here.

I give this movie an 10 out of 10 to counter all the misguided 1s that have been given, but my true rating would be a 6.


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