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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.


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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 August 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime ao Amanhecer See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$635,000, 26 August 2007

Gross USA:

$1,066,555
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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In reality, Joseph Smith, Jr. had twenty-four wives. He and his first wife, Emma, had nine children: Alvin, who died shortly after birth, premature twins Thaddeus and Louisa, who only lived a few hours, Joseph and Julia, who were given to them to adopt after their own twins died, Joseph Smith III, Frederick Granger Williams Smith, Alexander Hale Smith, and David Hyrum Smith, born after Joseph's death. There is no evidence that he had children with any of his other wives. See more »

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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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Not surprised
21 August 2007 | by chuck-543See all my reviews

Before I even opened the comments page for this film, I was certain I'd find dozens of posts filled with alibis and distortions aimed at exonerating the Mormons of any complicity in the Mountain Meadows massacre. I was not wrong. There were even a few "reviews" (sic) that leaned heavily towards blaming the victims for the crime! Even the one-line summary on the first page was biased: "Plot Outline: A love story set during a tense encounter between a wagon train of settlers and a renegade Mormon group." "Renegade" Mormon group? Not according to every legitimate historical account of the incident.

It appears that "September Dawn" will be the latest "Passion of the Christ", with Mormons going ballistic over every detail.

Hasn't anyone ever heard of accepting responsibility? Why is it deemed necessary that every founding member of every faith be 100% saintly? A terrible act was committed a long time ago. Admit it, deal with it, and move on.


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