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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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Cast

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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Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

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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 »

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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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Mesmerizing and kept me enthralled both nights.
27 June 2006 | by shirleyw-2See all my reviews

As a Chinese-American, I had no doubt I would schedule my life around the two nights BROKEN TRAIL was airing. Having seen part 2 last night, I am still reeling from the beauty of the backdrop, the vastness and the loneliness--something I remember from the film, A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT, which was also in Wyoming I believe and definitely featured fly fishing but I digress.

Robert Duvall said in an interview on CBS' Sunday Morning that BROKEN TRAIL represented the finale to his western trilogy (Lonesome Dove, Open Range and now Broken Trail) and that's sad but what a body of work he's left us and countless generations to enjoy! I loved the economy of language because that's how I imagine life was among men in those days. The leisurely pace of the film might have pulled the story down but not in this case. I applaud AMC for going forward with this production and the minimal intrusion of commercials. I truly hope this comes out on DVD because I know I will have to have it. I found the casting to be perfect and disagree with the reviewer who lamented the exclusion of Tom Selleck or Keith Carradine among others. The familiarity I felt for Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church was enough without being overwhelming--they just seemed to lend honesty and truth to their performances--more known actors weren't needed. I appreciated the fact this wasn't a cast of thousands, although there were suppose to be 500 horses or so...

My final comment to all who enjoyed this mini-series and to those who did not know much of the Chinese who came to the 'Golden Mountain' in the 1800's--please look for Ruthanne Lum McCunn's book, "THOUSAND PIECES OF GOLD" which is based on a true story (I'm still not sure if Broken Trail is, although I believe the writer was somewhat influenced by this book since there are common threads i.e. Chinese girls sold into prostitution and setting roots in far flung states--Idaho in the book and Wyoming in the mini-series). THOUSAND PIECES...has also been made into a film but is not as good as BROKEN TRAIL.

I can't wait for AMC to show repeat airings--for any of you who didn't get a chance--WATCH IT!!!


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