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Meek's Cutoff (2010)

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Settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in 1845 find themselves stranded in harsh conditions.

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Kelly Reichardt

Writer:

Jonathan Raymond (screenplay) (as Jon Raymond)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michelle Williams ... Emily Tetherow
Bruce Greenwood ... Stephen Meek
Will Patton ... Soloman Tetherow
Zoe Kazan ... Millie Gately
Paul Dano ... Thomas Gately
Shirley Henderson ... Glory White
Neal Huff ... William White
Tommy Nelson ... Jimmy White
Rod Rondeaux Rod Rondeaux ... The Indian
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Meek's Oregon 1845 Cutoff See more »

Filming Locations:

Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,042, 10 April 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$977,600, 21 August 2011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan played a couple again two years later in Ruby Sparks (2012). See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, three women are walking across the baked desert following the wagons, presumably to the west. The guide may be off course but nobody would mistake east for west. Yet the womens' shadows are to their left as they walk, and since the sun would always be in the southern sky in Oregon, they could only be walking east. A basic detail that a director should not miss. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Not really worth the time
26 August 2011 | by dtpieperSee all my reviews

Very few movies are worth only 1 out of ten. In this case it is because of my disappointment when discovering I had wasted almost two hours on a film that is rated 7 (at the time of writing this) while there is nothing to merit that high score.

I think the review by BoomerMovieFan1 is very accurate so read it and you will understand all my reasons for not liking this movie (and disagree if you have to)...

To cut it short: 1) No one speaks for the first 15 min's 2) Nothing really happens until almost 40 min's into the film when a new character is introduced (uh-oh, drama!). 3) A wagon crashes about an hour into the film 4) And then the movie ends without any climax - it simply just ends just when you think you get the answers that kept you watching it to the end.

And the lone star is for that achievement: to make the viewer stay to the end, thinking: "there surely must be more to it than this?!"


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