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Broken Trail 

Not Rated | | Western | TV Mini-Series (2006)
A veteran cowboy and his nephew save five Chinese girls from prostitution while trekking from Oregon to Wyoming.
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 16 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Robert Duvall ...  Prentice Ritter 2 episodes, 2006
Thomas Haden Church ...  Tom Harte 2 episodes, 2006
Greta Scacchi ...  Nola Johns 2 episodes, 2006
Chris Mulkey ...  Big Ears 2 episodes, 2006
Rusty Schwimmer ...  Big Rump Kate 2 episodes, 2006
Gwendoline Yeo ...  Sun Foy 'aka' #3 2 episodes, 2006
Scott Cooper ...  Gilpin 2 episodes, 2006
Valerie Tian ...  Ging Wa 'aka' #5 2 episodes, 2006
Olivia Cheng ...  Ye Fung 'aka' #4 2 episodes, 2006
Jadyn Wong ...  Ghee Moon 'aka' #1 2 episodes, 2006
Donald Fong Donald Fong ...  Lung Hay 2 episodes, 2006
Peter Skagen ...  Colonial Bartender / ... 2 episodes, 2006
Caroline Chan ...  Mai Ling 'aka' #2 2 episodes, 2006
James Russo ...  Captain Billy Fender 2 episodes, 2006
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Set in 1898, Print Ritter and his estranged nephew Tom Harte become the reluctant guardians of five abused and abandoned Chinese girls. Ritter and Harte's attempts to care for the girls are complicated by their responsibility to deliver a herd of horses while avoiding a group of bitter rivals intent on kidnapping the girls for their own purposes. Written by anonymous

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Western

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USA | Canada

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English | Mandarin | Crow

Release Date:

24 June 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Broken Trail See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Runtime:

(2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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It was a two-hour movie in the beginning, but AMC wanted to develop an original series, so they made it longer (from the book "Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad" by Brett Martin). See more »

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Towards the end of the movie, when Ed "Big Ears" Bywater is threatening to nail Prent's "credentials" to the log, the horse shoe nail in his mouth disappears and reappears depending on the camera angle. See more »

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Prentice Ritter: Without marriage and women we'd all have been drunk, shot ourselves to death, or died of the clap.
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Philosophic Western
26 June 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

How does an honest man make his way in a corrupt world? Walter Hill has been investigating this question since his days as a screenwriter, with a couple of stopovers in Dashiell Hammett country (his dauntingly unsuccessful version of Hammet's RED HARVEST, filmed as LAST MAN STANDING), comedies (48 HOURS), but here, in this leisurely western, he has found a perfect vehicle for this problem, and the right actor for the role in the ever-watchable Robert Duvall. And the answer is that you wind up accumulating a pack of people as wounded as yourself, ducking your head against the storm and slogging on through: a nephew estranged from his mother, your sister, a Virginian who can't stop traveling, five Chinese virgins intended for a mining camp's whorehouse... the list goes on. In the midst of a beautiful land -- the magnificent Canadian plains, west of Calgary where they rise to the Rockies -- they slog on, doing their best.

To what end? When death and violence surround you, then the wise man comes to recognize that the effort is all he can offer.

It is a pleasure to watch canny old pro Duvall at work, and to watch Thomas Haden Church, as his nephew, play off against him. And the beauty of moving horses across the Canadian plains is the revival of a seemingly lost art; the westerns, once the myth of America and bedrock of the film industry, are now an occasional production from people nostalgic for the form. But their nostalgia is suffused with a strong sense of film-making and this mini-series should not be missed.


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