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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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Terrence Martin (as TJ Martin)

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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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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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Crispin Glover in a restrained and believable performance ....................
15 February 2010 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Crispin Glover leads the ill fated Donner Party in this entertaining fictional, though based on fact, movie. The audience is immediately aware of the party's desperate situation, stranded and starving in the snow covered Sierra Nevada Mountains. The film, though relentlessly downbeat, does try to realistically portray how individuals might have reacted to the extreme conditions they were subjected to. Cannibalism is portrayed in a dignified manner, not sensationalized, and there is actually very little blood. The haunting soundtrack seems very appropriate, and the Donner Pass locations beautifully, though bleakly, photographed. Recommended, and especially recommended if you want to see Crispin Glover in a restrained and believable performance. - MERK


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