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The Donner Party (2009)

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Based on the real events of The Donner Party tragedy. The Donner Party was a group of California-bound American settlers caught up in the western expansion of the 1840s. After becoming ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Crispin Glover ... William Foster
Clayne Crawford ... William Eddy
Michele Santopietro ... Amanda McCutchen
Mark Boone Junior ... Franklin Graves
Christian Kane ... Charles Stanton
Crispian Belfrage ... Patrick Dolan
Catherine Black ... Ann Fosdick
Jamie Anne Allman ... Eleanor Eddy
Jack Kyle ... Milt McCutchen
Cary Wayne Moore ... Jay Fosdick
Alison Haislip ... Mary Graves
Mara LaFontaine Mara LaFontaine ... Sarah Foster
John A. Lorenz ... Luis
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Storyline

Based on the real events of The Donner Party tragedy. The Donner Party was a group of California-bound American settlers caught up in the western expansion of the 1840s. After becoming snowbound in the Sierra Nevada during the winter of 1846-1847, a number of the trapped settlers joined together in a final effort to reach California and organize a rescue party. Written by Anacapa Entertainment

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Survival Lies Within

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Forlorn See more »

Filming Locations:

Donner Pass, California, USA See more »

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Anacapa Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

After the group leaves with Stanton, when Graves attacks Fosdick, Fosdick's hat falls off as they hit the ground. When the camera angle changes, it's back on his head. Then when the camera angle changes again, it's gone. See more »

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The last two minutes of credits are accompanied only by the sound of a strong wind. See more »

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Only for the Desperate...
11 May 2012 | by PatinhoSee all my reviews

The only reason I finished this movie was that I was waiting for it to get better. At one point I paused it and saw there was only 15 minutes left and was so bored I fast-forwarded through the rest.

I expected one of two things, a movie out to entertain through shock value or an American Epic. I got neither. Therein lies the problem; the movie's scope simply isn't grand enough. With all the drama, betrayal, tragedy, desperation, and heartbreak that occurred during these events you'd think that you'd see some of it on screen. I'm no expert on the Donner Party, but as I understand the trip took months just to get to the point the film starts up. Where it proceeds to tell a small 2 week time frame about the hardships of the people who made an attempt at being rescued.

This could have been a sprawling epic of the American Pioneer days on par with 'Dances with Wolves', yet we only get to see the small group and how hungry they are. That's it. We see nothing of what happened to the 30+ people back at the camp. I heard they had to resort to eating leather clothes and bones boiled so many times over they became brittle and edible, none of that made it into the film. If you cut out all of the establishing shots of snow and trees the movie wouldn't have even been an hour long.

Bottom line, read the Wikipedia article, skip the movie.


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