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Into the West (2005)

Into the West (2005)

4.4 14
Director: Jeremy Podeswa, Matthew Settle, Michael W. Watkins, Robert Dornhelm

Cast: Jeremy Podeswa, Matthew Settle, Michael W. Watkins, Robert Dornhelm


Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Steven Spielberg helped produce this 6-part, 12-hour miniseries, which develops a familiar theme in an interesting, unorthodox manner. It's all about the settling of the American West (hardly a new concept) but proceeds along parallel lines that occasionally intersect. There are, you see, two sets of protagonists: a Virginia-born family moving west and a Lakota tribe coping with the influx of white settlers. William Mastrosimone's original story is an incredibly complex one with so many characters that you might need a scorecard to keep track of them, a task not made any easier by the filmmakers' decision to have different actors playing the same character at various points in time. The two factions first cross paths when Jacob Wheeler (Matthew Settle) rescues and ultimately weds Lakota widow Thunder Heart Woman (Tonantzin Carmelo). With other family members (played by Keri Russell, Skeet Ulrich, and Jessica Capshaw) in tow, Jacob makes the long, arduous trek to California by wagon train. Before the miniseries has ended, the Wheelers and the Lakota have been touched by the California Gold Rush, the Civil War, the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, the massacre at Wounded Knee, and other historical events leading up to the dawn of the 20th century. Even given the series' generous length, history occasionally gets short shrift and the chronology seems muddled. But Into the West has much to recommend it, not the least of which are feature-quality production values and uniformly fine acting.

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Dreamworks Video
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Special Features

"The Making of Into the West"; "The Communication Gap"; the Cast of Into the West: "World on Fire" music video; photo gallery.

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Into the West
1. 1 [18:50]
2. 2 [19:11]
3. 3 [14:38]
4. 4 [10:29]
5. 5 [10:42]
6. 6 [8:10]
7. 7 [8:58]
8. 8 [1:02]
1. 1
2. 2
3. 3
4. 4
5. 5
6. 6
7. 7
8. 8
Disc #2 -- Into the West
1. 1 [20:35]
2. 2 [18:19]
3. 3 [11:37]
4. 4 [12:22]
5. 5 [7:53]
6. 6 [9:25]
7. 7 [9:56]
8. 8 [1:02]
1. 1 [22:12]
2. 2 [16:02]
3. 3 [9:30]
4. 4 [15:44]
5. 5 [8:57]
6. 6 [9:28]
7. 7 [7:52]
8. 8 [1:10]
Disc #3 -- Into the West
1. 1 [16:33]
2. 2 [10:43]
3. 3 [10:06]
4. 4 [10:32]
5. 5 [12:02]
6. 6 [16:28]
7. 7 [12:38]
8. 8 [1:00]
1. 1 [21:57]
2. 2 [11:24]
3. 3 [8:08]
4. 4 [8:54]
5. 5 [9:40]
6. 6 [16:16]
7. 7 [12:33]
8. 8 [1:01]

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Into the West (2005) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the very best factional documentary I have ever witnessed combining stories from both viewpoints of the American Indian and the emerging Frontier families. I am both Choctaw and decendant of families who homesteaded California. I found myself in tears more than once as I related to both the pioneer head of household as he learned from Jedidiah Smith and as the young Indian who mournfully cut his hair in compliance with the white man's ways. My husband and I have viewed the series three times thus far and have purchased the set as gifts for two special occasions. More will be given at Christmas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have a great respect for Indians and study them a lot. when I watched Into The West I really lerned a lot more than I thought I had known. Into The West is a great thing to own and should be an experiance for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
They say history is written by the winners, and this is true. The U.S. Goverment, circa 1800s, told the story as they wanted it to be heard. "Into the West" finally brings the truth to the forefront. This miniseries shows the western expansion of our forefathers and then painfully tells how the U.S. Government used false promises to take Indian land and U.S. Army generals leading troops to eliminate Indians without cause. We must not forget this aspect of history, as it reminds us that, past, present, or future, we need to live in a world of peace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i frist heard about this event i said "not another thang were thay show how indains are worse then whites"but i watched the show this is the first show that made me CRY and understand that we both made mistakes in the past and we need to respect one another for who we are even though its hard sometimes so we wont make the same mistakes again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i been watching this in school i loved it so much i bought it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of those series that leaves an impression on anyone who watches it. It is poetic and heart-wrenching and creates both happiness and despair and a depth of feeling for each of the characters. I recommend this to anyone, it will touch each in a different way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was awesome!! It is so addicting. I love how they showed the characters change through time. I knew it was going to be good when I saw the previews on television for it. It really makes you understand what the Native Americans went through. I highly recommend this movie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of those rare ones that will stay with you for a long time, you see how Native Americans really suffered and there wonderful people, so it was painful to watch but it was worth seeing.
wynncb More than 1 year ago
I still want this wonderful series, but if it is still incomplete it's like being cheated. I've already ordered and returned set because of this. I would like to know if the complete(as seen on TNT) set is now available? I want the 6-part, 12 hour set. Is this possible? Yours is only 3-part, 8 hours. Incomplete.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though I really enjoyed being able to watch this wonderful mini-series again, I was disappointed because some of the original scenes from when it aired on television were missing. Why were parts of it deleted? Why is it not the complete version?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Right Now I am watching this movie in school and it's awesome. It will be a perfect Christmas or Birthday present for someone.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Into the West is a dramatic movie series partaking the indian culture and the pioneers of eastern america. as i watched the series it shows how much sympathy and reality of what happened coming into the 20th century. this series will give you a better understanding in a beautiful form of photography, music, and acting.