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Broken Trail 

Not Rated | | Western | TV Mini-Series (2006– )
A veteran cowboy and his nephew save five Chinese girls from prostitution while trekking from Oregon to Wyoming.
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 16 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Robert Duvall ...  Prentice Ritter 2 episodes, 2006
Thomas Haden Church ...  Tom Harte 2 episodes, 2006
Greta Scacchi ...  Nola Johns 2 episodes, 2006
Chris Mulkey ...  Big Ears 2 episodes, 2006
Rusty Schwimmer ...  Big Rump Kate 2 episodes, 2006
Gwendoline Yeo ...  Sun Foy 'aka' #3 2 episodes, 2006
Scott Cooper ...  Gilpin 2 episodes, 2006
Valerie Tian ...  Ging Wa 'aka' #5 2 episodes, 2006
Olivia Cheng ...  Ye Fung 'aka' #4 2 episodes, 2006
Jadyn Wong ...  Ghee Moon 'aka' #1 2 episodes, 2006
Donald Fong Donald Fong ...  Lung Hay 2 episodes, 2006
Peter Skagen ...  Colonial Bartender / ... 2 episodes, 2006
Caroline Chan ...  Mai Ling 'aka' #2 2 episodes, 2006
James Russo ...  Captain Billy Fender 2 episodes, 2006
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Set in 1898, Print Ritter and his estranged nephew Tom Harte become the reluctant guardians of five abused and abandoned Chinese girls. Ritter and Harte's attempts to care for the girls are complicated by their responsibility to deliver a herd of horses while avoiding a group of bitter rivals intent on kidnapping the girls for their own purposes. Written by anonymous

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Western

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USA | Canada

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English | Mandarin | Crow

Release Date:

24 June 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broken Trail See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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(2 parts)

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

It was a two-hour movie in the beginning, but AMC wanted to develop an original series, so they made it longer (from the book "Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad" by Brett Martin). See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie, when Ed "Big Ears" Bywater is threatening to nail Prent's "credentials" to the log, the horse shoe nail in his mouth disappears and reappears depending on the camera angle. See more »

Quotes

Prentice Ritter: I get rousted out of my sleep sometimes when Nature calls. I find there's something frightening 'bout that hour of the night 'cause there ain't no foolin' yourself 'bout what you done or what you hadn't done with your life.
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Featured in The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2007) See more »

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"We're all travelers in this world… Birth till death… We travel between the eternities…"
9 December 2007 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

The film opens in Chinatown San Francisco, 1898 where we five exotic virgins from the Celestial Empire are bought by Captain Billy Fender (James Russo) to be sold as slaves and introduced into the brief and violent life of prostitution…

Robert Duvall stars as "Print" Ritter, an old cowhand whose sister left a will inheriting all to him rather than to her own son, Tom Harte (Thomas Haden Church) who lives in John Day Country Oregon...

Print ignores why she has done it, or why was crossed between the two, but his sister done it…

Print got the idea to buy a team of tough, high-desert mustangs—three to eight years of age—to take them to Sheridan, Wyoming to sell to the British Empire; the money they'll earn will be to increase their capital… And on the shares, Print figures a 25-75 split on profits after expenses and loan repayment to the bank…

From this point, Hill's Western becomes a road movie, with all kinds of odd characters, from ugly villains to a friendly musician, but the key to "Broken Trail" is that through a series of circumstances, fate has placed the five Chinese innocent girls in the hands of Tom and his uncle… But the reality is another… Their families sold them to that rat captain heading out to the mining camp, where Kate, an odious saloon owner, bought them from an associate in San Francisco…

Our two cowboys save the girls' lives from rape and take them along on their journey…

With great photography, gorgeous vistas, perilous ground, sensible brave girls, good and decidedly courageous men, great action when it is necessary, and a big confrontation at the climax of the movie, Hill's Western is a must see film for the fans of the genre…


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