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Meek's Cutoff

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

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A film ponderously slow in pace yet kinetically charged with insight; starkly realistic yet allegorical too; psychologically astute yet politically resonant.

The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon train of three families has hired mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a shortcut, 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 face the scourges of hunger, thirst and their own lack of faith in one another'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 a natural born enemy.

Director
Kelly Reichardt
Cast
Bruce GreenwoodWill PattonMichelle WilliamsShirley HendersonPaul DanoNeal HuffTommy NelsonZoe KazanRod Rondeaux
Genres
Westerns, Independent Dramas, Period Pieces
Country
USA
Available
May 1 2016

A film ponderously slow in pace yet kinetically charged with insight; starkly realistic yet allegorical too; psychologically astute yet politically resonant.