Broken Trail

Broken Trail

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Director: Walter Hill

Cast: Robert Duvall, Thomas Haden Church, Greta Scacchi

     
 

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Sideways star Thomas Hayden Church appears alongside Academy Award-winner Robert Duvall in a dramatic mini-series shot in the classic western tradition. The year is 1897. As Print Ritter (Duvall) and his estranged nephew Tom Harte (Church) travel the slow road to reconciliation, they reluctantly find themselves forced to care for five abused and abandoned

Overview

Sideways star Thomas Hayden Church appears alongside Academy Award-winner Robert Duvall in a dramatic mini-series shot in the classic western tradition. The year is 1897. As Print Ritter (Duvall) and his estranged nephew Tom Harte (Church) travel the slow road to reconciliation, they reluctantly find themselves forced to care for five abused and abandoned Chinese immigrants while simultaneously attempting to deliver a herd of horses across the plains. Soon confronted by a gang of malevolent kidnappers who intend to abduct the girls and use them for the own nefarious purposes, Print and Tom determine to keep their young charges out of harms way while ensuring that their valuable delivery reaches its intended destination.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This made-for-cable miniseries starring Robert Duvall (who also produced) comprises the final installment of what the actor calls his "Western trilogy," that began with Lonesome Dove and continued with Open Range. Broken Trail is an eminently worthy successor, incorporating all the elements of classic westerns and expanding on one that typically gets short shrift: characterization. Duvall plays aging rancher Print Ritter, who recruits a long-estranged nephew (Thomas Haden Church) to help him drive a herd of horses to market. En route they encounter a drunken slave trader (James Russo) attempting to deliver five young Chinese girls he has sold into prostitution. The cowboys rescue the frightened young women and try to lead them to safety even as they are pursued relentlessly by the slaver's cronies and customers. Four hours in length, the film may proceed a tad too leisurely for some tastes, but much of the excess footage is allotted to the development of relationships: between rancher and nephew, between nephew and one of the Chinese girls (Gwendoline Yeo), between rancher and prostitute (Greta Scacchi), and so on. These occasionally long-winded scenes flesh out the characters and add texture to the narrative. At first glance Print and his nephew seem to be archetypal western heroes -- tough, taciturn, and governed by a code that entitles them to dispense justice where law isn't present. But they also share yearnings and disappointments which come out in scenes that would probably be jettisoned from a shorter theatrical film in the interest of maintaining a brisk pace. Director Walter Hill, an old hand whose previous forays into the genre have included the 1995 feature film Wild Billand the pilot for HBO's Deadwood, handles the complex story line with great skill, shooting gentle dialogue exchanges in an almost perfunctory fashion and reserving more vigorous staging for the periodic, explosive action sequences. The acting throughout is above criticism, with Church particularly impressive in a role that will surprise fans primarily familiar with his work in sitcoms and feature-length comedies. In our view Broken Trail merits inclusion in the pantheon of classic westerns, and it gets our unqualified recommendation.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2008
UPC:
0043396263598
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
3:04:00
Sales rank:
13,990

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"Broken Trail" - the making of a legendary Western

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Duvall Print Ritter
Thomas Haden Church Tom Harte
Greta Scacchi Nola Johns
Chris Mulkey Big Ears Bywaters
Rusty Schwimmer Big Rump Kate
Gwendoline Yeo Sun Foy
Scott Allen Cooper Actor
Valerie Tian Actor
Caroline Chan Actor
Olivia Cheng Actor
Kristianna Wong Actor
Donald Fong Actor
Todd Allen Actor
James Russo Actor

Technical Credits
Walter Hill Director,Producer
Stanley M. Brooks Executive Producer
Rob Carliner Executive Producer
Robert Duvall Executive Producer
Mike Frislev Producer
Damien Ganczewski Producer
Alan Geoffrion Producer,Screenwriter
Chad Oakes Producer
Ronald Parker Producer

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Broken Trail 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Good acting by everyone, especially the lead actors. Locations were interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished watching this movie on AMC and I can't wait to purchase it. It is excellent...keeps you at your seat wanting to see more...absolutely wonderful production. I highly recommend people see this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The AMC premiere was great. Can't wait to buy the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Broken Trail is the best western movie I've seen since Lonesome Dove. Robert Duvall is outstanding once again. Thomas Haden Church has given a outstanding performance also. Both actors and the movie should winners of any Emmy awards out there. Can't wait to add this title to my DVD collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Duvall and church are excellent. I loved Lonesome Dove, liked Open Range VERY much and Broken Trail is everything I hoped for in a western. I will watch it again and again over the years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago