September Dawn – 2007 – English
Film directed in 2007 by Christopher Cain, and starring Jon Voight, Trent Ford, Tamara Hope, Jon Gries, Taylor Handley, Huntley Ritter, Shaun Johnston, Lolita Davidovich, Dean Cain, Terence Stamp, Krisinda Cain, Franklin E. Levinson, Daniel Libman, Barbara Gates Wilson…
Synopsis: A story set against the Mountain Meadows Massacre, the film is based upon the tragedy which occurred in Utah in 1857. A group of settlers, traveling on wagons, was murdered by the native Mormons. All together, about 140 souls of men, women and children, were taken. Amidst this, two young lovers-to-be, one a Mormon and the other one of the doomed settlers from Arkansas, develop a relationship in an atmosphere of suspicion and rancor.
Review: After doing some research on the internet, it appears that September Dawn is historically accurate. There is absolutely no doubt that this tragic incident took place. There is doubt as to who exactly was involved, but the movie does a very good job of presenting the historical facts as they are known today. The acting was superb!
Amazing scenery, brilliant cast, beautiful horses, and one of the most tragic love stories displayed on film. (The love story was probably fictional, but heart-wrenching nonetheless.) The movie deserves an Oscar for sure! This is not a Mormon bashing movie. This is a tragic, true life story brought to life on film, and it’s simply amazing! A film about the Crusades and murders committed by Christians in the name of God would be equally tragic. Anyway, don’t let all the severely biased low ratings influence you. You do not want to miss this movie!
Review: I saw September Dawn recently with an open mind and with no idea of Mormon history. After seeing the movie I then read as much as I could find on the actual event before writing this comment.
This movie is a hollywoodised version of events that did happen, no one is disputing that it happened, the comments on this site who have slammed the movie and given it 1 star seem to be those who are either Mormons or Mormon sympathisers who don’t like the truth being openly told.
From what I have read about the event I think the makers were right in making it look like a cover up by the Mormons, we have to remember that religious leaders had great say in how things are done in societies of the time, and unfortunately still do today.
As has happened many times in history, a scapegoat is often used to cover up the misdeeds of those in higher authority.
See the movie with an open mind then do the research and make up your own mind about who should have been punished here.