September Dawn 2007 R CC

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Academy Award(r) winner Jon Voight, Terence Stamp and Trent Ford star in this film based on the true story of the Mountain Meadows Massacre -- the brutal murder of 120 men, women and children on September 11, 1857 as their wagon train passed through Utah on its way to California. The question of whether the attack was carried out by local Paiute Indians or by a renegade sect of the Mormon chur...

Starring:
Jon Voight, Trent Ford
Runtime:
1 hour 52 minutes

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Genres Drama, Western
Director Christopher Cain
Starring Jon Voight, Trent Ford
Supporting actors Krisinda Cain, Shaun Johnston, Franklin E. Levinson, Jon Gries, Lolita Davidovich, Jon Voight, Taylor Handley, Daniel Libman, Tamara Hope, Barbara Gates Wilson, Huntley Ritter, Dean Cain, Ron Webber, Dave Trimble, Gary Lauder, Peter Skagen, Chad Nobert, Geoff Erwin
Studio Black Diamond Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
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The acting was very good.
Dorothy A. Schultz
One of the most shocking episodes in American history and one that has been actively suppressed by the mormon church.
Zig Gey
I'm not even Mormon and even I found this ridiculously one-sided and simplistic.
Bonnie Rose

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74 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Charles M. Strnad on December 6, 2007
Format: DVD
Been waiting for this DVD to come out since first seeing it in the theatres- and having since read several histories about the historical event. There already have been numerous website slugfests about just how accurate the movie is, with most of the debate just re-emphasizing how, 150 years later, the Mormon community still struggles to reconcile this documented part of their church history.
But before the DVD is even released, and before the anticipated subsequent storm of prejudiced-laced customer "reviews" ( and it doesn't even matter which side they are for), let me just say that the "editorial review" summary ought to at least introduce the topic fairly. For one, it is hardly an issue of uncertainty whether or not Mormons participated in the massacre- indeed, the valid histories (even the source work by Juanita Brooks, herself a devout Mormon)all confirm that Mormons did most of the killing, and even eventually owned-up to that, but only after years of trying to pawn it off on the Paiute Indians. I've seen the movie and read the histories, and the only aspect of the movie which is somewhat "over-the-top" is its clear portrayal of Brigham Young as a main architect of the massacre; the available histories at least conclude that there is some doubt as to his actual role. Whether viewers of the movie liked the love story subplot or not isn't really what this movie is about, after all....it's just a cinematic technique used to make the history more personal (much like Cameron did with "Titanic", and Kate Winslett and Leonard DiCaprio).
But having said that, I'm sure the DVD release of this movie will again spark all the prejudicial comments about Mormons, etc.....but none of that changes the facts, and the movie does a fair job with that. But don't believe me- don't believe ANY reviewer: read the published histories, then you decide.
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42 of 54 people found the following review helpful By rgn on January 9, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Surprised to see this film currently has a rating of 4.5 stars. I guess Mormon advocates haven't realized this item is up and open for comments. Glad I can get mine in before the comment wars begin. I liked the movie overall. As a professor of religion I know the story accords with historical facts of the Mountain Meadows massacre as well as we know them. It truly does show how human beings can do the most atrocious things to one another if they believe they receive the blessing of God in doing so. I would only wish they ask some basic epistemological questions about the justification of their claim to knowledge that it is God they are truly hearing. The film mentions possible motives like the belief the federal government was about to start a war against the Mormons and payback for the murder of Joseph Smith in Missouri. One explanation for the massacre the film does not address but needs to be explored is using religious justification for plain old greed. There was a lot of wealth, cattle and horses with that wagon train. The Paiutes didn't get it. Who did? The film nicely points out how John Lee is the only Mormon forced to suffer penalty for the event. As for the film itself, it is beautifully filmed. I thought the Davidovich character was shallow, and her death is left unexplained. The real clinker in the film, though, and the reason I reduce its rating to a three star, is the clumsily melodramatic love affair between the son of the Mormon Bishop and the daughter of the wagon train's minister. As part of that story you have the son being imprisoned by the Bishop by being chained at the ankle in a barn. The chain, though, is around his boot. Why doesn't the kid just remove his foot from the boot? That's the kind of silliness that creeps in when you import melodrama into this tragic story.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kathleen lowes on February 20, 2014
Format: DVD
Absolute rubbish ! The Christian's in this film are all presented as decent, saint-like angels, each with their own personal halo they're sooo good - all of them straight out of Little House on the Prairie ! The Mormons on the other hand are degenerate savages all-but missing a pair of horns and pitch fork ! Brigham Young is falsely presented as an early prototype to Stalin, ie. lunatic dictator. Complete propoganda all-round, no doubt made by born-again christians who've got nothing better to do with their time and money but slander people of different faiths just because they choose to believe differently to themselves !
Worse than all of this, the movie is appallingly acted with a stupid romantic subplot - none of which is even remotely historically accurate !
No, I'm not a Mormon but I know enough about Mormon history to know this turkey refuses to honestly show events as they really happened. So much for 'not bearing false witness' against others ! Terrible !!!
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67 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Robin Simmons VINE VOICE on August 24, 2007
This is a great movie. In an age of extreme political correctness, here comes a movie that dares to look at a fully home grown 19th century massacre (on September 11, no less) in the name of a paranoid religion.

I'm sure there will be an organized group of critics (Mormons?) who will post their one star reviews. Don't be duped. This movie may be a scathing look at a shameful incident in the history of Mormonism -- the so-called "mountain meadows massacre" -- but the real theme of this film is something much greater.

World events suggest there is coming a time when we will be forced to face in a public way the problem of irrational religions based on lies and fear and hate. What if the unthinkable happens and the West wages an all out war against a religion hell-bent on cleansing the planet of "infidels." Whose God will win? Or is that the wrong question?

Under what circumstances can we have this urgent conversation? A start is by going to see this movie and talking about what it means to Americans today. How do we deal with the conflicting issues of freedom and security? Especially freedom of religion?

Is there a subjective way to even talk about a religion being "authentic"? Is there a way to "love our enemies" or should we kill them before they kill us? This unexpected and unsettling movie about a Holy War on a small scale deserves consideration and conversation on a large scale.
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