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Meek's Cutoff (2010)

PG | | Drama, Western | 15 April 2011 (UK)
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Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions.

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Complete credited cast:
... Emily Tetherow
... Stephen Meek
... Soloman Tetherow
... Millie Gately
... Thomas Gately
... Glory White
... William White
... Jimmy White
Rod Rondeaux ... The Indian
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The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon team of three families has hired the mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a short cut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage. Over the coming days, the emigrants must face the scourges of hunger, thirst and their own lack of faith in each other's instincts for survival. When a Native American wanderer crosses their path, the emigrants are torn between their trust in a guide who has proven himself unreliable and a man who has always been seen as the natural enemy. Written by Oscilloscope

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Drama | Western

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Rated PG for some mild violent content, brief language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$20,042, 10 April 2011, Limited Release

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$977,600, 21 August 2011
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Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan played a couple again two years later in Ruby Sparks (2012). See more »

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In the last shot of the scene when the Indian carves a picture into a rock, the previous carving has disappeared/changed. See more »

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Jimmy White: [reading from Genesis] In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. And Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.
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Nearer, My God, To Thee
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Written by Sarah F. Adams and Lowell Mason
Performed by Neal Huff
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Bewildered
20 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

We'd heard good reviews, and went to go see at the local independent film theater. Gosh, it would be great to pass along some interesting or insightful comments; maybe a few deep thoughts ... but quite simply, it was shockingly void of any meaningful content. I honestly can't recall a film where less happens. Apparently, there is a segment of the population that enjoys silent plodding through the desert, but we don't occupy that demographic.

We waited, waited, waited... and just when it finally seemed something significant was about to unfold, the credits rolled. Darn!

Unfortunately, the most memorable thing about this film was the one actress' bizarre "chipmunk like" voice. Though water was scarce, it seems there was no shortage of helium.

Very strange.


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