September Dawn Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 19588

Average Rating: 2.2/4

# of Ratings: 8

Theatrical Release Date: 08/24/2007

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 01/01/2008

Language: English

Genre: Drama, Romance

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Christopher Cain

Actors: Jon Voight, Trent Ford, Tamara Hope, Jon Gries, Taylor Handley, Huntley Ritter

Plot: Who ordered the massacre of over 120 god fearing men, women and children on September 11th, 1957. Based on actual events that took place in the territory of Utah.

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goodfellamike
goodfellamike
Movie God

Rating of
1/4

Mormon mayhem

goodfellamike - wrote on 09/12/2008

A deplorable attempt to add insight or emotion to the devastating events surrounding the Mountain Meadows Massacre; it paints its Mormons as surprisingly evil, bloodthirsty renegades and its Christians as holy innocents with rosy complexions; this is more anti-Mormon than anything, which is alright by me, but it has no motivation behind its facts and to add insult to injury incorporates a sugary-sweet romance between teenagers of each sect to add a painful romantic edge to the mayhem. Terence Stamp makes Brigham Young into a tyrannical enigma, Jon Voight is embarrassed to no end, and the teens overdo the charm, bloodlust and cliches to epic proportions. Surely a more accurate depiction could have been made, but it sacrifices believability and sympathy for common genre tactics. …

Franz Patrick
Franz Patrick
Movie God

Rating of
3/4

Problems With Pacing But Has an Emotional Core

Franz Patrick - wrote on 02/23/2008

I decided to ignore the historical facts and just absorb the emotional core that this film has to offer long before I started the movie. And I'm glad I did because this is a deeply affecting film. It has something to say about religious fanatics that hide behind the word of God to justify their own means. Even though this was based on events about a hundred years ago, it's still very relevant in today's world. The main issue I have with it is its really slow beginning. I mean, the bit about the horse was somewhat unnecessary and obvious. Nonetheless, when things got going about an hour and ten minutes into the film, it was poignant and dramatic. I just wished that the pacing was a bit better. All the actors did a really good job such as the romantic Trent Ford and the menacing Jon Voight.

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