Meek's Cutoff Poster

Release Date: April 8th, 2011

DVD Release Date: September 13th, 2011

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

Distributors: Oscilloscope Pictures

Keywords: Rivalry, Wife, Husband, Tense, Rescue, Survival

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A realistic slice of pioneer life that offers a disquieting alternative vision of America's most mythic location. show more

  • I wanted to like Meek's Cutoff more than I did. Reichardt and her writer, Jonathan Raymond, bring a quiet, watchful sensibility to their work, allowing the actors room to reflect and riff. But the stilted language and rectitude of the times don't always mesh with the acting. show more

  • Kelly Reichardt's marvelous, minimalist epic, amounts to a master class in the power of observation. show more

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