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Seven Alone (1974)

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A frontier family crosses the U.S. by wagon train, hoping for a better life in the Oregon Territory.

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Earl Bellamy

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Honore Morrow (book), Douglas C. Stewart (as Douglas Stewart) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dewey Martin ... Henry Sager
Aldo Ray ... Dr. Dutch
Anne Collings Anne Collings ... Naome Sager
Dean Smith ... Kit Carson
James Griffith ... Billy Shaw
Stewart Petersen ... John Sager
Dehl Berti Dehl Berti ... White Elk
Bea Morris Bea Morris ... Sally Shaw
Scott Petersen Scott Petersen ... Francis Sager
Debbie van Orden Debbie van Orden ... Catherine Sager
Diane Petersen Diane Petersen ... Matilda Sager
Suzanne Petersen Suzanne Petersen ... Lousia Sager
Julie Petersen Julie Petersen ... Elizabeth Sager
Christy Clark Christy Clark ... Anna Sager
Kliss Sparks Kliss Sparks ... Mrs. Whitman
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A fictionalized account of the real-life adventure of the Sager family. Travelling with a wagon train from Missouri to Oregon, things are going well for them, until Henry Sager dies from blood poisoning following an Indian attack, and Naomi Sager dies soon afterward from pneumonia. The leaders of the wagon train decide to send the children back, but the oldest, John (who had been described by all the adults as lazy and worthless), decides to lead his siblings through the wilderness to complete the journey their parents started. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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In the year 1843, John Sager, a boy of 13 with his brothers and sisters including an infant set off on one of the most incredible journeys in American history. This is a true account of their hazardous 2000 mile trek along the legendary Oregon trail in pursuit of a dream.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House Without Windows See more »

Filming Locations:

Cokeville, Wyoming, USA See more »

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Doty-Dayton Production See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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John and Francis Sager were killed in the Whitman Massacre near Walla Walla, Washington on 29 November 1847 by Cayuse Indians. The surviving Sager children were kidnapped and held for ransom, with Louisa Sager dying in captivity. See more »

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A paved road appears to run horizontally along the middle of the frame (at around 1 min) as the wagon train enters Fort Hall. See more »

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Only a Dream Away
Music by Robert O. Ragland
Lyric by Arthur Hamilton
Performed by Pat Boone
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Gunk
12 January 2005 | by inspectors71See all my reviews

Afte the explosion of sex and violence in movies, even more the twisted amorality of in the late 60's, there was a predictable backlash. By the early 70's, Hollywood had found a market for "nice" stories such as The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie, not to mention a bunch of other knock-offs that failed. This family-oriented counter-revolution extended to film, with Disney putting out lots of cheap, dumb-but-funny Kurt Russell movies and cheaper American International-like studios doing Grizzly-Frontier-Adams-Fremont in the Rockies productions. Some sucked pond water and some were even worse. Maybe the worst I've ever seen is Seven Alone, a story of a flock of 1840's era kiddies fighting their way along the Oregon Trail after their folks die (a blessing if human worth is based on acting ability).

I grabbed this flick off the shelf at the local library, figuring it would be digestible cheese for my family to watch. Sure enough, my wife is enjoying it and my 9-year-old is loving it. Because I'm a pain-in-the-keister critic, I'm bleeding profusely from biting my tongue in order not to turn family movie night into Mystery Science Theatre 3000 with me playing all three parts of the audience. I try to be a good dad.

This is so awful. I feel sorry for Dewey Martin and Aldo Ray, two accomplished and successful actors from the 40's through 60's. They must have been so very desperate for parts that they took the offer to do this hopelessly underfunded, underacted, and badly produced mess.

And yet . . .

There is some small bit of accuracy in this gunk. While another reviewer on this site had a small scale hissy over the movie being politically incorrect in its treatment of American Indians, I remind you that when a principal character refers to the natives as "dirty redskins," that's the least of the insults that were hurled at Indians by Caucasian settlers. They were hated and feared, and to our ancestors, the natives were a pestilence. Doesn't make it right or wrong, just accurate.

My recommendation would be to skip this dull nonsense (even if the book it was based on was a good work of history) and stick with the tasty cheese put out by the Disney dairy. The most you'll get is gas. Seven Alone gave me a splitting headache.


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