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The Donner Party (2009)

R | | Drama | 23 October 2009 (USA)
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Based on the real events of The Donner Party tragedy. The Donner Party was a group of California-bound American settlers caught up in the western expansion of the 1840s. After becoming ... See full summary »

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Terrence Martin (as TJ Martin)

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Terrence Martin (as TJ Martin)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Crispin Glover ... William Foster
Clayne Crawford ... William Eddy
Michele Santopietro ... Amanda McCutchen
Mark Boone Junior ... Franklin Graves
Christian Kane ... Charles Stanton
Crispian Belfrage ... Patrick Dolan
Catherine Black ... Ann Fosdick
Jamie Anne Allman ... Eleanor Eddy
Jack Kyle ... Milt McCutchen
Cary Wayne Moore ... Jay Fosdick
Alison Haislip ... Mary Graves
Mara LaFontaine Mara LaFontaine ... Sarah Foster
John A. Lorenz ... Luis
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Storyline

Based on the real events of The Donner Party tragedy. The Donner Party was a group of California-bound American settlers caught up in the western expansion of the 1840s. After becoming snowbound in the Sierra Nevada during the winter of 1846-1847, a number of the trapped settlers joined together in a final effort to reach California and organize a rescue party. Written by Anacapa Entertainment

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Survival Lies Within

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Forlorn See more »

Filming Locations:

Donner Pass, California, USA See more »

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Anacapa Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

After the group leaves with Stanton, when Graves attacks Fosdick, Fosdick's hat falls off as they hit the ground. When the camera angle changes, it's back on his head. Then when the camera angle changes again, it's gone. See more »

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The last two minutes of credits are accompanied only by the sound of a strong wind. See more »

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Referenced in Zombies: A Living History (2011) See more »

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14 February 2010 | by mousenhowzSee all my reviews

you'll eat it up :-). the cinematographer fit the right mood of this somber yet compelling event.the music fits the mood as well. the cast is very very good. Crispin Glover actually plays the straight role with a few twists here and there.this is the director's first, he succeeds and his future work will be worth watching. according to a review i read on the external reviews, the movie was shot at the Donner Pass. that ramps it up a bit for me and the historical aspect. a very very good attempt at storytelling. since this is the first review published for this movie, i will refrain why i changed my orig vote from 8 to 10.Overall a great attempt at storytelling. not as good as maybe Alive but well worth the viewing considering the grim subject matter.


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