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September Dawn (2007)

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A love story set during a tense encounter between a wagon train of settlers and a renegade Mormon group.

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Christopher Cain
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Terence Stamp ... Brigham Young
Trent Ford ... Jonathan Samuelson
Krisinda Cain ... Young Woman
Shaun Johnston ... Captain Fancher
Franklin E. Levinson Franklin E. Levinson ... Captain Baker
Jon Gries ... John D. Lee
Lolita Davidovich ... Nancy Dunlap
Jon Voight ... Jacob Samuelson
Taylor Handley ... Micah Samuelson
Daniel Libman ... Reverend Grant Hudson
Tamara Hope ... Emily Hudson
Barbara Gates Wilson Barbara Gates Wilson ... Martha Hudson
Huntley Ritter ... Robert Humphries
Dean Cain ... Joseph Smith
Ron Webber Ron Webber ... Hyrum Smith
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Storyline

A story set against the Mountain Meadows Massacre, the film is based upon the tragedy which occurred in Utah in 1857. A group of settlers, traveling on wagons, was murdered by the native Mormons. All together, about 140 souls of men, women and children, were taken. Amidst this, two young lovers-to-be, one a Mormon and the other one of the doomed settlers from Arkansas, develop a relationship in an atmosphere of suspicion and rancor. Written by Ploy P.

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The untold story of an American tragedy.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Release Date:

24 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

September Dawn See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,051,000, 26 August 2007

Gross USA:

$1,066,555

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,066,555
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nearly all of the people in the wagon train were from Arkansas. There were a few people from other states who joined the train while en-route. See more »

Goofs

Brigham Young was born in rural Vermont, but in the film he is played by a British actor with a prominent and proper British accent. See more »

Soundtracks

Love Will Still Be There
Performed by Lee Ann Womack
Arranged and Produced by Steve Dorff
Written by Steve Dorff, Eric Kaz, Roger Cain
(p) 2007 MCA Nashville
Courtesy of MCA Nashville
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Pre-Civil War Context
15 September 2009 | by drp-6See all my reviews

If memory serves, president Buchanan was using the Mormons as "Wag the Dog" Scapegoats to distract the country from the political tensions that eventually led up to the Civil war. This is why he sent a good fraction of the US army into an invasion of Utah. At the time, the military was about the only US institution representing both North and South.

Buchanon's hope was that by demonizing the Mormons ( especially over the practice of polygamy ), he could unite the country.

IIRC, Buchanan and Brigham Young were personally-acquainted and on good terms. So the use of military force in a situation that could have easily been solved politically made the Mormon leadership even more paranoid.

Again IIRC, an important source of income for the Mormans was resupplying immigrants. Slaughering your customer base is not a good business practice.


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