Meek's Cutoff


Meek's Cutoff

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Moving at a contemplative speed unseen in most westerns, Meek's Cutoff is an effective, intense journey of terror and survival in the untamed frontier.



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The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon train of three families has hired mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a shortcut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage. Over the coming days, the emigrants face the scourges of hunger, thirst and their own lack of faith in one another's instincts for survival. When a Native American wanderer crosses their path, the emigrants are torn between their trust in a guide who has proven himself unreliable and a man who has always been seen as a natural born enemy. -- (C) Oscilloscope

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Michelle Williams
as Emily Tetherow
Shirley Henderson
as Glory White
Paul Dano
as Thomas Gately
Bruce Greenwood
as Stephen Meek
Will Patton
as Solomon Tetherow
Zoe Kazan
as Millie Gately
Rod Rondeaux
as The Indian
Neal Huff
as William White
Tommy Nelson
as Jimmy White
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  • Michelle Williams is now the only Dawson's Creek cast member with a chat-worthy film career.

    Jun 16, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Imagine a collaboration between John Ford and Wallace Stevens and you might get a sense of what Kelly Reichardt pulls off here: a sincere re-creation of the pioneer experience, brought to life through careful, often unexpected detail.

    May 27, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Greatly enhanced by the performances of Michelle Williams and Bruce Greenwood, director Kelly Reichardt's film quietly becomes engrossing - it almost sneaks up on you.

    May 26, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • There are stretches that are, frankly, boring. But the vivid details and intimacy you develop with these travelers sticks with you, leaving you in awe of the insane feats people had to accomplish in order for us to enjoy the world we know today.

    May 25, 2011
  • A mesmerizing cinematic journey that is often as arduous and spare as the lives of its hard-bitten protagonists.

    May 20, 2011 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • This is the sort of film critics love to praise because the filmmaker has done good work before; and well, there must be something there. Well, there's not.

    May 13, 2011 | Rating: D | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic

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