• September Dawn (2006)

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Release Date: August 24th, 2007

DVD Release Date: January 1st, 2008

R|1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary
In 1857 Capt. Alexander Fancher leads a wagon train of settlers across Utah to California. The Mormons eye the pioneers with suspicion when they stop in Mountain Meadows and demand that Fancher and his followers leave. Bishop Jacob Samuelson (Jon Voight) allows the travelers to stay for two weeks, and sends his son Jonathan (Trent Ford) to spy on them. What Jonathan does not know is that his father has dire plans for the innocent travelers, including the woman (Tamara Hope) Jonathan loves.

Cast: Jon Voight, Trent Ford, Tamara Hope, Jon Gries, Lolita Davidovich, Terence Stamp, Taylor Handley, Dean Cain

Director: Christopher Cain

Genres: Western, Historical drama

Production Co: Voice Pictures Inc., September Dawn LLC

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Cain has crafted a modest picture, filmed in Canada, that too often feels like a very elaborate episode of "Gunsmoke." show more

  • The movie isn't THAT bad -- it's just made-for-TV historical treacle that has somehow found its way to the big screen (and barely that; if you want to be moved or outraged by the film, you'll have to travel to Danvers or Revere). show more

  • Most significant and contrary to the Mormon Church's ongoing position, the film depicts Young as present when the plot is hatched to slaughter the emigrants. Needless to say, this workmanlike but unflinching film won't be playing in Utah anytime soon. show more

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