September Dawn

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Released 2007

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Director:
Christopher Cain
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
September Dawn is based on the true story of the September 11, 1857, murders of 120 Christian settlers as they traveled from Utah to California. Known as the Mountain Meadows Massacre, the slayings were organized by Bishop John Samuelson (Jon Voight), a member of the Mormon religion who initially tells the members of the wagon train that they can pass safely if they lay down their weapons. Samuelson becomes infuriated when his son, Jonathan (Trent Ford), develops a crush on Emily (Tamara Hope), a young lady who is traveling with the wagon train. Convinced that the settlers are only at Mountain Meadows to attack the Mormons and their religion, he orders the murders of all the men, women, and children in the wagon train. In the film, Brigham Young (Terrence Stamp), the leader of the Mormon church, supports Samuelson's actions, although this point is contested by the church. September Dawn was directed by Christopher Cain.

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    A rare case in which one can't help but wish the film were somehow worse than it is, for it would then be easier to dismiss outright. Jon Voight's turn as a fictional local Mormon ...

  • 40

    Variety Justin Chang

    The didactic presentation, grim speechifying and tacked-on love story all signify a less-than-healthy regard for the audience's intelligence.

  • 0

    The New York Times

    The maudlin, grotesque western September Dawn, about the massacre on Sept. 11, 1857, of about 120 settlers by Mormons (and their Paiute Indian mercenaries), apes "Schindler's List"...

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    Huntley Ritter

    Robert Humphries

    Tamara Hope

    Tamara Hope

    Emily Hudson

    Terence Stamp

    Terence Stamp

    Brigham Young

    Trent Ford

    Trent Ford

    Jonathan Samuelson

    Jon Gries

    Jon Gries

    John D. Lee

    Dean Cain

    Dean Cain

    Joseph Smith

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