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Sweetgrass (2009)

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In the summer of 2003, a group of shepherds took a herd of sheep one final time through the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, in the extreme north-west of the United States. It was a journey ... See full summary »

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Ilisa Barbash (uncredited), Lucien Castaing-Taylor (uncredited)
1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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In the summer of 2003, a group of shepherds took a herd of sheep one final time through the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, in the extreme north-west of the United States. It was a journey of almost three hundred kilometres through expansive green valleys, by fields of snow, and across hazardous, narrow ridges - a journey brimming with challenges. The aging shepherds do their very best to keep the hundreds of sheep together; the panoramic high mountains are teeming with hungry wolves and grizzly bears. Written by International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

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The Last Ride of the American Cowboy


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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Open: BeComing Animal See more »

Filming Locations:

Montana, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,870, 10 January 2010

Gross USA:

$207,473

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$209,204
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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In the end credits, the very last entry reads "In Memoriam The Raisland - Allestad Ranch Wild Cat Creek, Sweetgrass County, Montana 1900 - 2004" See more »

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Captures wonderful piece of history
26 February 2010 | by tapinsharonSee all my reviews

Though at the time it seemed a bit slow in parts, I thoroughly am reliving wonderful moments in this film. It is simply about a season of sheep herding. Very little dialog - no fill-in music or annoying narration. Just sheep, and their ranchers. The scenery is beautiful. I would love to see this movie on a huge screen with HD to truly enjoy the Montana mountains. But it is grand. There are a few squeamish moments - but it's all in the life cycle of a sheep. We get to share in the boredom, excitement, and frustration of the sheep herders in a very personal way that I'm sure has never been shown before. It is a jewel of a movie and definitely worth the time if you have a chance to see it.


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