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Meek's Cutoff ()


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

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Emily Tetherow
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Stephen Meek
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Soloman Tetherow
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Millie Gately
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Thomas Gately
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Glory White
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William White
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Jimmy White
Rod Rondeaux ...
The Indian

Directed by

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Kelly Reichardt

Written by

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Jonathan Raymond ... (screenplay) (as Jon Raymond)

Produced by

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Elizabeth Cuthrell ... producer
Todd Haynes ... executive producer
Neil Kopp ... producer
Phil Morrison ... executive producer
Andrew Pope ... executive producer
Laura Rosenthal ... executive producer
Mike S. Ryan ... executive producer
Vincent Savino ... co-producer
Anish Savjani ... producer
Rajen Savjani ... executive producer
Steven Tuttleman ... executive producer
David Urrutia ... producer

Music by

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Jeff Grace

Cinematography by

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Christopher Blauvelt

Film Editing by

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Kelly Reichardt

Editorial Department

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Gordon Bell ... first assistant editor
Donnie Creighton ... digital intermediate producer
Brianna Frisbey ... post-production assistant
Eric Hill ... editorial technical consultant
Michael D. Most ... digital intermediate colorist (as Mike Most)
Jon Pehlke ... on-line editor
Tim Safarik ... colorist: dailies
Tomas Vengris ... first assistant editor
David Waters ... digital intermediate producer
Tricia Chiarenza ... color timer (uncredited)
Paul Amadeus Kim ... on-line editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Laura Rosenthal

Production Design by

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David Doernberg

Art Direction by

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Kat Uhlmansiek

Costume Design by

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Vicki Farrell

Makeup Department

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Linda Andrews ... key makeup artist
David Kennedy ... key hair stylist / wig stylist
Jamespatrick Smith Jr. ... makeup artist
Leo Won ... makeup department head

Production Management

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Brett Cranford ... unit production manager
Josh Rappaport ... post-production supervisor (as Joshua Rappaport)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Chris Carroll ... first assistant director
Kyle Eaton ... second assistant director
Rose Leiker ... additional second assistant director
Matt O'Connor ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Michael Brophy ... storyboard artist
Vicki Farrell ... embroidery: title
Marlene McCarty ... embroidery: title
Guthrie McCarty-Vachon ... illustrator: main title
Jason Ruffolo ... set dresser
Joe Rynearson ... set dresser
Kate Smith ... set dresser
Nate Smith ... assistant property master
Ryan Warren Smith ... property master (as Ryan Smith)
Arly Williams ... art intern

Sound Department

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Felix Andrew ... sound mixer
Javier Bennassar ... supervising sound editor
Ryan Collins ... assistant sound editor
Ellen Heuer ... foley artist
Tim Limer ... mix recordist
A. Josh Reinhardt ... foley mixer (as Josh Reinhardt)
Leslie Shatz ... re-recording mixer / sound designer
Jean-Michel Béranger ... french dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Lara Dale ... foley artist (uncredited)
Dell Winter ... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Mandell Winter ... supervising sound editor (uncredited)

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Brad Dunten ... fire expert

Stunts

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Brian Duffy ... utility stunts
Khristian Lupo ... utility stunts
Jason Rodriguez ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Eric Hill ... still photographer
Stephen MacDougall ... first assistant camera
Simon Max Hill ... still photographer
Jason McCormick ... additional first assistant camera
Kyle Metzger ... swing
Efrem Peter ... gaffer
Eliza Plumlee ... second assistant camera
Madison Rowley ... camera intern
Greg Schmitt ... camera operator: "b" camera / steadicam operator
Matthew Semchee ... additional key grip
Brian Shotzbarger ... key grip
Chris Strauser ... additional second assistant camera
Savannah Teller-Brown ... camera loader
Corey Walter ... still photographer
Greg Wick ... swing

Casting Department

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Maribeth Fox ... casting associate
Simon Max Hill ... casting: Oregon

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Grace Ryung Kim ... tailor
Jamespatrick Smith Jr. ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)

Location Management

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Roger D. Faires ... locations (as Roger Faires)
Mark Jarrett ... additional locations
Paul Kohler ... additional locations

Music Department

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Dave Eggar ... musician: cello / score producer
Jeff Grace ... score producer
Stefan Karrer ... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)

Other crew

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George Adams ... assistant production coordinator
Sotirios Bakouros ... set intern
Arpita Banker ... production accountant
Morgan Bateman ... animal trainer
Gordon Bell ... script supervisor
Mike Brantley ... set teacher
M.E. Buckner ... historical consultant
John Burnside ... translator: Nez Perce language
Barbara Carr ... representative: American Humane Association
Rives Curtright ... production assistant
Scott Davis ... animal trainer
Sarah Devere ... office production assistant
Greta Emang ... set medic
Rosario Estrella ... set intern
Seth Franklin ... production assistant
Evan Franulovich ... production assistant
Sam Gaty ... production assistant
Nicole Hawkins ... production accountant
Matt Jay ... production assistant
Michael P. Jones ... historical consultant
Marlene McCarty ... title designer
Kalen Mendenhall ... set intern
Kellen Molica ... production office intern
Mike Morris Jr. ... animal trainer (as Mike Morris)
Kristen Parr ... translator: Nex Perce language
David Parson ... production assistant
John Parson ... production assistant
Paul Parson ... set intern
Lance Rosen ... production legal
Jonathan Rutter ... press
Erin Shelley ... animal trainer
Alison R. Smith ... animal trainer (as Alison Smith)
Cody Smith ... animal trainer
Diana Smith ... animal trainer
Tanya Smith ... production coordinator
Sara Suffriti ... chef: dinner
Scott Tuning ... medical supervisor
Nicholas Van Atta ... chef assistant: dinner (as Nick Van Atta)
Zoe Bower Robert ... post facilities manager (uncredited)
Tana David ... post facilities coordinator (uncredited)
Evan Franulovich ... craft service (uncredited)
Eve Gabereau ... distribution (uncredited)
Natasha Shumny ... post facilities coordinator (uncredited)

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Adam Beach ... thanks
Jesse Cain ... thanks
Willa Cuthrell ... very special thanks
Matthew Ebert ... thanks
Larry Fessenden ... thanks
Harris Savides ... thanks
Luke Treadaway ... thanks
Christine Vachon ... thanks
Wash Westmoreland ... thanks
Adam Yauch ... thanks

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Meek's Oregon 1845 Cutoff (United States)
  • La dernière piste (France)
  • Auf dem Weg nach Oregon (Germany)
  • Meek's Cutoff - Kadonnut vankkurikaravaani (Finland)
  • El atajo de Meek (Mexico)
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  • 104 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $20,042, 10 Apr 2011

Did You Know?

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Trivia Loosely based on a true incident involving trail guide Stephen Meek and a band of settlers in 1845. See more »
Goofs In an early scene with the three women walking, there was abundant Russian thistle on the ground. The film was set in 1845, but Russian thistle (Salsola tragus) wasn't introduced to the United States until arriving in South Dakota in 1870 or 1874, as weed seed in flaxseed imported from Russia. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Venice Film Festival 2010 (2010). See more »
Soundtracks Nearer, My God, To Thee 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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