The Donner Party (2009)
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as William Foster
as William Eddy
as Charles Stanton
as Franklin Graves
as Eleanor Eddy
as Sarah Foster
as Amanda McCutcheon
as Jay Fosdick
as Ann Fosdick
as Mary Graves
as Patrick Dolan
as Milt McCutcheon
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We've all heard the true story of the fallen party of settlers led by William Hastings who were forced to resort to cannibalism in order to survive in the Sierra Nevada mountains, This film tells the tale in a somewhat loose fashion of the group's failure to reach their destination of California which ended up being quite near to where more than half of them met their demise.
I enjoyed seeing Crispin Glover as the preacher and one of the "leaders" of the pack on their journey towards California where they seek salvation. Obviously, the film is quite grim in subject matter, and does not quite establish any meaningful characters or backstory. However, if you like Crispin Glover, you'll want to see this. He talks with a British accent, and sounds quite like Donald Pleasance. I find it difficult to watch him in anything without thinking of his brilliant character work as Lane in "River's Edge", but when it all comes down to it, he seems to make just about anything entertaining.
"See? It's okay, he saw it on the television."(Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance in "The Shining").
Something was definately missing from this movie (besides good acting and an interesting way to present the plot). I would skip this one...
I really only gave this two stars because the subject matter is interesting. Unfortunately, this film doesn't stay very true to actual events, and it's portrayed in an incredibly dull way, so I can't really even give it points for being entertaining. This is a tragic and riveting story, but this version of it does it absolutely no justice.
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