Meek's Cutoff

Genre:  Drama, Western
Running Time:  104 min.
Release Date: May 13, 2011 (limited)
DVD: September 13, 2011

Current rating: Rating: 2.56
based on 18 votes and 6 reviews
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Cast: Bruce Greenwood, Michelle Williams, Paul Dano, Will Patton, Zoe Kazan, Shirley Henderson, Neal Huff


In 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, a wagon train of three families hires mountain man Stephen Meek (Bruce Greenwood) 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.

Director: Kelly Reichardt
Studio: KinoSmith
Producer(s): Elizabeth Cuthrell, David Urrutia, Neil Kopp, Anish Savjani
Screenplay: Jonathan Raymond

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  • 1 star "This movie is nothing more than watching people walk the Oregon trail. Nothing happens in the movie. the movie has no justifiable ending. its just people walking. there is no drama. the dialog is "pass the bacon" "i made some bread" "we are almost out of water" . There is nothing to watch...just walking from different camera angles."
  • 1 star "boring boring boring"
  • 5 stars "Director Reichardt(Old Joy,Wendy and Lucy)presents the story of settlers in covered wagons heading west in the 1840's in realistic but minimalist style.The pace is a bit slow and this film is not for all tastes."