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Spring, 1842. America's unclaimed and unexplored land drew thousands of settlers to the West, including the Sager family. Travelling from Missouri to Oregon, both parents succumbed in the untamed wilderness—the father from blood poisoning, and mother from pneumonia. Their seven children courageously continued the journey their parents began, a feat that truly defines "pioneer." A heartwarming adventure film for the whole family, this is the amazing true story of the Sager children on the Oregon Trail.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medG G (General Audience)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : PLAD9564DVD
- Director : Earl Bellamy
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 37 minutes
- Release date : September 14, 2010
- Actors : Dewey Martin, Aldo Ray, Anne Collings, Dean Smith, James Griffith
- Producers : Hubie Kerns, Lyman Dayton
- Studio : Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B003TNS3HW
- Writers : Douglas C. Stewart, Eleanor Lamb, Honore Morrow
- Number of discs : 1
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This is a good movie, but it leaves out a lot of details, especially about what happened to the children when the movie ended.
John Sager was the oldest child, and he was only 13 - - but, in those days, you could be thought of as a man at that age - - when both of their parents died, he took on the responsibility of raising his 6 siblings. The youngest was only 3 months old.
The movie implied a happy ending - - that the children ended up living on land that Kit Carson held for them by the government and that they built a house there - - that was their dream, but that is not what happened.
What really happened was that the children stayed with the Whitmans for about two years - - and then the Whitmans and John and Francis and Luisa were killed by Indians.
The remaining girls - - Catherine, Elizabeth, Matilda, and Henrietta - - lived into old age.
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However, the quality of the film was very poor and I am only keeping it as I met 3 members of the crew/cast in the past so it provides a memory of them. Also, I read the book by Honore Morrow when I was a child and managed to get a copy from a car boot sale some years ago. It was the first time I realised what terrible times the families endured during the pioneer days.
According to Dean Smith's autobiography this was made in 1974 and I am so sorry that they were not able to digitalise a copy of the film in better condition than the one they used.
Amazon.com has several comments on this film.
Really crap story line though which I found a waste of my time and money.
Very softened story compared to the actual book. Well done, easy to watch with the family. Good for the price.