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Meek's Cutoff

PG| 1 hr. 41 min.

Plot Summary
During the 1840s, six settlers and their guide are caught in a dangerous situation: They are lost, food and water are running out, and the surrounding desert threatens to claim them all. Meanwhile, their guide, Stephen Meek (Bruce Greenwood), refuses to acknowledge that they may be several weeks off-course. When a Native American (Rod Rondeaux) is captured, Emily Tetherow (Michelle Williams), one of the settlers, shields him from Meek's wrath, and he offers to lead the group to water in return.

Cast: Michelle Williams , Bruce Greenwood , Will Patton , Zoe Kazan , Paul Dano , Shirley Henderson , Neal Huff , Tommy Nelson

Director: Kelly Reichardt

Genres: Western

Distributor: Oscilloscope Pictures

Meek's Cutoff (2010)

Release Date: April 8th, 2011|1 hr. 41 min.

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  • November 16, 2011 fourteenerwebdes
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    Exceptional. Meek\'s Cutoff is a casting masterpiece. Michelle Williams gives an awesome performance as usual, but Bruce Greenwood steals the show. Greenwood gives an Oscar-worthy performance playing Stephen Meek, a know-it-all, heavily bearded man, who is contracted to lead three families out to the new west. As smart as Meek claims to be, the families soon lose confidence with his navigational skills when they can\'t find water in the scorching desert. To add to the frustration, the group comes across an Indian who appears to be scouting them on horseback. Disagreements and tension run high as Meek wants to kill the man immediately when they capture him due to his past experiences with Indians. The rest of the group doesn\'t feel this way, and they decide the Indian knows the area much better then they do, and that he is their best shot at finding water quickly. As the Indian begins to draw on rocks and leave stones behind him on the trail, the group becomes more suspicious and frightened that the Indian might be signaling to his tribe. Since the Indian doesn\'t speak english, the viewer is caught in a predicament to believe whether he means good or harm to the vulnerable group. The movie does start out a little slow like many westerns, but unlike many westerns, the viewer gets what appears to be a very authentic and realistic view of what the old west was like in 1845. This combined with Meek\'s compelling dialogue and personality allows the viewer to get through the first 20 minutes or so without losing interest. The rating of 4/5 was a little generous, as the movie deserved more of a 3.5 rating then 4.0 rating, but certainly exceeded a 3.0. This is the reason for the 4 star rating. The ending, unfortunately, was the weakest part of the movie, and left me a little upset that such a masterpiece had to end that poorly. It\'s understandable why the writer did this, but it could have gone much better (personal preference). The rest of the movie was so good that a 4.5 or 5.0 rating would be worthy otherwise. Very well done and worth the time.

  • October 17, 2011 gh00000000103972
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    zeer slechte film, het is het verhaal van een groep mensen die met huifkarren naar een bestemming reizen en de weg kwijt zijn en op den duur zonder water komen te zitten.

  • September 29, 2011 xe00000000103303
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    If there\'s anything good about this movie I can\'t find it. Nothing happened. It ended abruptly with no resolution. There were no compelling characters. The woman who was supposed to be the heroine spoke in an almost inaudible monotone throughout the whole film. A big waste of time. Tremendously boring.

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Today on indieWIRE: 'Meek's Cutoff,' Ryan Gosling's Abs & More

Posted by
The Editors at IndieWire on April 6, 2011

Today on indieWIRE: 'Meek's Cutoff' comes out on top, Kim Cattrall heads for a trailer park, and a SXSW breakout finds a home. In indieWIRE's new weekly column, Critical Consensus, 'Meek'...

'Meek's Cutoff' Poster Premiere: Michelle Williams Shows Off Her Gun

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Gabrielle Dunn on February 15, 2011

Cinematical is happy to premiere the first poster for Kelly Reichardt's indie western, 'Meek's Cutoff,' and we definitely don't want to mess with the gun-toting woman in it. Michelle Williams, wh...

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