Meek's Cutoff

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Meek's Cutoff
Meeks cutoff poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Kelly Reichardt
Produced by Elizabeth Cuthrell
Neil Kopp
Anish Savjani
David Urrutia
Written by Jonathan Raymond
Starring Michelle Williams
Paul Dano
Bruce Greenwood
Shirley Henderson
Neal Huff
Zoe Kazan
Tommy Nelson
Will Patton
Music by Jeff Grace
Cinematography Chris Blauvelt
Editing by Kelly Reichardt
Studio Evenstar Films
Film Science
Harmony Productions
Primitive Nerd
Distributed by Oscilloscope Pictures
Release dates
  • September 4, 2010 (2010-09-04) (Venice)
  • April 8, 2011 (2011-04-08) (United States)
Running time 104 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Meek's Cutoff is a 2010 western film directed by Kelly Reichardt. The film was shown in competition at the 67th Venice International Film Festival.[1] The story is loosely based on a historical incident on the Oregon Trail in 1845, in which frontier guide Stephen Meek led a wagon train on an ill-fated journey through the Oregon desert along the route later known as the Meek Cutoff.

Cast[edit]

Castmembers from Meek's Cutoff (from left to right, starting top left): Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Shirley Henderson, Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, and Will Patton. Not pictured are Neal Huff, Tommy Nelson, and Rod Rondeaux.

Synopsis[edit]

In 1845, a small band of settlers traveling across the Oregon High Desert suspect their guide, Stephen Meek, may not actually know where he is going. What was supposed to be a two-week journey stretches into five. With no relief in sight, tensions rise as water becomes increasingly scarce and supplies run low. The wives look on as the husbands discuss what to do, unable to participate in the decision making. The dynamics of power begins to shift when they capture a lone Indian and hold him captive so he may lead them to water. Questions plague the settlers as they press on with dwindling resources: Should they trust Meek? Will the Indian lead them to water or a trap? Are there others following them? How much longer can they survive?

Critical reception[edit]

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 85% based on reviews from 108 critics and reports a rating average of 7.5 out of 10, a generally positive reception. It reported the consensus, "Moving at a contemplative speed unseen in most westerns, Meek's Cutoff is an effective, intense journey of terror and survival in the untamed frontier."[2] At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 85 based on 36 reviews.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Venezia 67". labiennale.org. 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2010-07-29. 
  2. ^ "Meek's Cutoff". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Meek's Cutoff". Metacritic. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 

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