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Handcart (2002)

PG | | History | 11 October 2002 (USA)
The legendary story of the Martin Handcart Company is the backdrop for this theatrically released drama directed by Kels Goodman (Producer of Tears of a King: The Latter-days of Elvis ... See full summary »


Kels Goodman


Mark Bowers




Credited cast:
Jaelan Petrie Jaelan Petrie ... Samual Hunter
Stephanie Albach Stephanie Albach ... Abigail
Chris Kendrick ... Moose
Shannon Skinner Shannon Skinner ... Patricia
Gretchen Condie Gretchen Condie ... Sarah
Joel Bishop ... Edward Martin
Scott Christopher ... Robert Quincy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Darin Andersen Darin Andersen ... Trapper Cobb
T.J. Bishop T.J. Bishop ... Extra
Junior Case Junior Case ... Food Rationer
John English John English ... Sunday School Student
Lee Fobert ... Richard (as Lee C. Fobert)
Jeffrey Hanson ... Sunday School Teacher (as Jeff Hanson)
Lincoln Hoppe ... Tanner Hunter
Kameron Jensen Kameron Jensen ... Oldest Larsen Boy
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The legendary story of the Martin Handcart Company is the backdrop for this theatrically released drama directed by Kels Goodman (Producer of Tears of a King: The Latter-days of Elvis Presley and Will it Blend). Handcart follows Samuel Hunter (Jaelan Petrie) as he joins the company because of his love for Mormon pioneer, Abigail (Stephanie Albach).

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The story of one man's journey with the Martin Handcart Company



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and mild language

Did You Know?


The film was largely financed by the directors father. See more »


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A Good Effort, Not a Great Movie
11 March 2011 | by bean-dSee all my reviews

The main problem with "Handcart" (2002) is that it aspires to be epic but it has neither the budget nor the script. Nor does it have adequate acting. The director, Kels Goodman, wanted to make an epic film; in fact, on the extras that come with the DVD he explains the decision to shoot in widescreen. Unfortunately the epic size of the screen only reinforces how little there is of interest to see. Shooting in the standard academy frame would have benefited the film by hiding the lack of budget and talent. My mom summed up the problems with the film best when she said, "After watching the film, you just don't feel like the pioneers suffered all that much." Goodman does show some snow and people shivering, but you don't really feel like this whole handcart business was much more than a really hard boy scout outing. Again, the smaller frame may have hidden the lack of deep snow and ice. While the film is a good effort, it's little more than an effort and will remain at the bottom of my list of the recent spate of Mormon films.

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11 October 2002 (USA) See more »

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Utah, USA


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$14,035, 13 October 2002

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