Meek's Cutoff

Meek's Cutoff

Director: Kelly Reichardt Cast: Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Will Patton


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A braggart meets his match in a courageous woman in this period drama from independent filmmaker Kelly Reichardt. It's 1845, and Stephen Meek (Bruce Greenwood) is a boastful, rough-hewn wilderness guide who has been hired by three families who want to start new lives on the other side of Oregon's Cascade Mountains. Meek constantly tells his charges that he knows the Oregon Trail like the back of his hand, but when they veer off for a shortcut he says is foolproof, they soon find themselves in forbidding territory, without water and with Indians on the horizon. While the men of the party travel with Meek, their wives are made to follow them in a separate wagon, and Emily Tetherow (Michelle Williams), the strong-willed wife of Solomon Tetherow (Will Patton), begins openly questioning Meek's competence among the other women, especially her friend Millie Gately (Zoe Kazan). While making their way through the wilderness, the party happens upon a Cayuse Indian (Rod Rondeaux); Meek captures the Indian and proposes they kill him, but Emily bravely speaks up for him, believing he has the right to live and perhaps the knowledge to lead them safely over the mountains. Meek's Cutoff was an official selection at the 2010 New York Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2011
UPC: 0896602002319
Original Release: 2010
Rating: PG
Source: Oscilloscope
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 40,038

Special Features

The making of Meek's Cutoff; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michelle Williams Emily Tetherow
Bruce Greenwood Stephen Meek
Will Patton Solomon Tetherow
Zoe Kazan Millie Gately
Paul Dano Thomas Gately
Shirley Henderson Glory White
Neal Huff William White
Tommy Nelson Jimmy White
Rod Rondeaux The Indian

Technical Credits
Kelly Reichardt Director,Editor
Felix Andrew Sound Mixer
Christopher Blauvelt Cinematographer
Elizabeth Cuthrell Producer
David Doernberg Production Designer
Victoria Farrell Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeff Grace Score Composer
Neil Kopp Producer
Phil Morrison Executive Producer
Phil Morrison Executive Producer
Andrew Pope Executive Producer
Jon Raymond Screenwriter
Laura Rosenthal Casting,Executive Producer
Mike S. Ryan Executive Producer
Rajen Savjani Executive Producer
Anish Savjani Producer
Leslie Shatz Sound/Sound Designer
Todd Haynes Executive Producer
Steve Tuttleman Executive Producer
David Urrutia Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Meek's Cutoff
1. Oregon, 1845 [6:10]
2. "Hell's Full of Bears" [5:07]
3. Patience [6:01]
4. Morning [4:48]
5. Bread [4:45]
6. Water [4:36]
7. Two Shots [7:01]
8. "Finding Our Way" [3:48]
9. Riches [5:15]
10. Heathen [6:00]
11. Offering [6:02]
12. "How Much Farther?" [6:59]
13. Sunset [5:49]
14. Steep Grade [8:06]
15. "I'd Be Wary" [3:48]
16. Trust [5:54]
17. "We're Close" [7:07]
18. End Credits [5:11]

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Meek's Cutoff 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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This movie goes on, and on, and on, without any purpose. The wagon train participants venture across a formidable country in the West, and the movie ends with them still going on, and on, and on, hoping to find water and the way across the Cascade mountains. Do not waste your money on this DVD. In addition to having no ending, other than just saying "The End", the audio is either too loud, or to soft to be understandable. It is the worst movie I have seen in a long time.