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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Brigham Young
... Jonathan Samuelson
... Young Woman
... Captain Fancher
Franklin E. Levinson ... Captain Baker
... John D. Lee
... Nancy Dunlap
... Jacob Samuelson
... Micah Samuelson
... Reverend Grant Hudson
... Emily Hudson
Barbara Gates Wilson ... Martha Hudson
... Robert Humphries
... Joseph Smith
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.

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Crime ao Amanhecer  »


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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In reality, Joseph Smith, Jr. had 24 wives. He and his first wife, Emma, had nine children: Alvin, who died shortly after birth, premature twins Thaddeus and Louisa, who only lived a few hours, Joseph and Julia, who were given to them to adopt after their own twins died, Joseph Smith III, Frederick Granger Williams Smith, Alexander Hale Smith, and David Hyrum Smith, born after Joseph's death. There is no evidence that he had children with any of his other wives. See more »


Emily Hudson is a main character in this film. In reality, the Hudsons left the wagon train before it reached Utah. 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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22 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

I can appreciate your comments and I believe your comments were constructive and neutral. When I saw the movie I thought it was very interesting, insightful and thought provoking. I also thought about it as a viewer on the outside of the Mormon faith looking in, as obviously biased and based more on butts in the seats, cash in the bank, then the little details of historical accuracy, or fairness. I'm certainly not going to spend hours, days and weeks researching what happened 150 yrs ago, I just don't care in this day and age enough. What I did find in fifteen minutes of searching the "Net" is that this group of Mormon's did not for the most part follow the advice of it's leadership on all matters. They kind of ran their own little rodeo hitting the highlights of the faith. Their main leader Brigham Young, three hundred miles away in Salt Lake City was aware of the problems and contention in the area between these two groups. When my respect for the writers and directors fell through the floor was when I read on multiple web-sites and some historical records, that Young sent a message to the local leaders, to calm down, think rationally and to let the group go in peace. This letter arrived two days late. Someone posted on the web, comments claimed to have come from him (Young) that he made in his later years, saying how much he pained over those events that transpired and that, had they had the telegraph, it wouldn't have happened. Yea, maybe he's lying, maybe he delayed the letter just enough to clear his conscience and avoid responsibility, maybe. Just the simple fact of how they (film makers) portrayed Young and failed to mention this letter would have changed my fillings of the movie and of the production staff. This movie might as well have well been made by Michael Moore. Same one sided story telling. It was a nasty event, shouldn't have happened, the responsible parties should have hanged for it. This move should have been more balanced and not such a one sided "Hatefest" film preying on emotions, and religious hate to fill the seats. Heck, I paid.

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