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Prairie Rose (2006)

The story of a young Southern women's adventure to rescue her husband from a Union Civil War POW camp, Camp Douglas, in Chicago in the fall of 1862.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elisa Ford Elisa Ford ... Sarah
Kaeleen Taylor Kaeleen Taylor ... Cath
Jason Louis Kladiva Jason Louis Kladiva ... Agent Winslow
Stanley Bukowski Stanley Bukowski ... Peterson
Rick Pennington Rick Pennington ... Will
Stan Bukowski Stan Bukowski ... Petersen
Stan Christensen Stan Christensen ... Father
Ruth Bukowski Ruth Bukowski ... Mother
Maxwell Daniels Maxwell Daniels ... Lincoln
Pamela Welcome Pamela Welcome ... Lizzie
Phil Lauricella Phil Lauricella ... Dr. Bluel
Trevor Steinbach Trevor Steinbach ... Doc
Robert Fox Robert Fox ... Assistant Surgeon (as Robert Douglas Fox)
Treavor Steinbach Treavor Steinbach ... Doc
Darren R. Sikorski Darren R. Sikorski ... Sam


Prairie Rose is the fictional historical drama of a young Southern women's adventure to rescue her husband from a Civil War Union POW camp, Camp Douglas, in Chicago in the fall of 1862. Sarah Rose receives a message at home on her farm in rural Kentucky from her dying husband, Will, through Cath, a nurse and spy from the camp. With Cath's tenacity and brash personality, the generally shy and reserve Sarah sets off with her new companion on a journey across Kentucky and Illinois determined to rescue her newlywed husband from an inevitable death from camp sickness and his battle wounds received at the battle of Shiloh. The difficulty of their journey is complicated by two Pinkerton agents, Agents Winslow and Peterson, hired by the camp commander to hunt down and capture Confederate spies. Written by Jason Louis Kladiva

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A Civil War Journey




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Step back in time........
16 August 2006 | by rebsailor8See all my reviews

"Prairie Rose" is the first film effort of a promising new film director and producer, Rebecca Sutera Tulloch. It should not be her last! Set in 1862 Kentucky and Chicago it chronicles the daring journey of two young women, Cath (played by Kaeleen Taylor) and Sarah (played by Elisa Ford), determined to free the latter's husband from the Federal death camp known as Camp Douglas. Both actresses are both making their feature film debuts. Drawing on the resources of Chicago's local reenacting community, it has the look, feel and cadence of the nineteenth century. It brings a variety of fresh perspectives to an old conflict, and carves out a unique niche in independent film-making.

The adventure begins when Kath makes her way to a small Kentucky farm pursued by a couple of Pinkerton detectives who have uncovered her covert work for the Confederacy in Camp Douglas. While in the hospital she met a wounded soldier who pleaded that a message be given to his wife in Kentucky. Wounded in her flight South by one of the Pinkertons, she is nursed to recovery by Rose and her mother, portrayed by Ruth Bukowski who turns in one of the strongest performances. The journey North to recover her husband will be even more perilous as they must elude the detectives and the Union army.

Camp Douglas is both historically accurate and deeply disturbing. It portrays the inhumanity, corruption and deplorable conditions that created its notorious reputation. This unusual combination of women's and prisoner perspectives set this film apart and is especially daring in an era where political correctness has such a stranglehold on story-telling. Several outstanding cameo appearances merit mention, including Max Daniels as Lincoln, Pam Welcome, Phil Lauricella, Stan Bukowski and curmudgeonly cavalry officer Ward Brown. Cath is especially compelling with a pluck that is authentic and convincing.

My only criticism would be directed at some of the accents which could have been acquired with some practice but were conspicuous by their absence. As to a rating there are some gruesome hospital scenes inappropriate for very young children but the film is refreshingly free of gratuitous profanity and vulgarity. With two children of my own I would deem it fine for anyone over the age of ten. Otherwise I look forward to her next film with eager anticipation. I am expecting great things from Mrs. Tulloch.

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1 August 2006 (USA) See more »

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Kendall County, Illinois, USA See more »


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$50,000 (estimated)
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