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September Dawn [2007] [DVD]

Jon Voight , Tamara Hope , Christopher Cain    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jon Voight, Tamara Hope, Trent Ford, Lolita Davidovich, Dean Cain
  • Directors: Christopher Cain
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: High Fliers
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CHG06I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,481 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Based on the true story of the Mountain Meadows Massacre, SEPTEMBER DAWN is a 'gripping and fascinating' portrayal of the dreadful slaughter of innocent men, women and children in Utah in 1857. As a party of settlers heading for California were travelling on wagons from Arkansas they came across a group of resident Mormons in Mountain Meadows … resulting in tragic and horrifying consequences. The secrets surrounding who was to blame for this heinous crime and the conspiracy to protect his name and reputation have been kept hidden … until now.

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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
By Greywolf TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Like its 70s predecessor, Soldier Blue [DVD] [1970], this film vividly portrays an event in US history that most US citizens would rather forget about, hence the low box-office takings of both films on initial release. Where Soldier Blue dealt with the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864, in which some 150 Native American men, women and children were murdered by the US Cavalry, September Dawn deals with the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 120 European-American men, women and children on September 11th, 1857, by Mormons. Yes, Mormons. Yes, September 11th. And this gets us to the heart of the controversy that this film sparked on its release in 2007 and that continues to rumble on today. The central message of the film is that Islam has no monopoly on religiously-inspired murder. And the descendants of those responsible for the Mountain Meadows Massacre are still running the state of Utah today and still trying to hide this dreadful event from public scrutiny.
The film-makers are to be applauded for their good intentions in making the film. From doing a little background research, it seems that it is a chillingly accurate portrayal of what occurred and the reasons behind it, which were, as so often, deeply misguided religious fanaticism.
So it's well-intentioned and largely accurate as history, but is it any good as a film? Well, yes, it is. In fact it's very good. Soldier Blue has deservedly achieved cult status and is now widely recognised as a landmark film. I like to think that September Dawn will also grow in stature as the years go by. It certainly deserves to, if only for the quietly disturbing central performance of Jon Voight as the grim, paranoid Mormon bishop who orchestrates the massacre.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
September Dawn [2007]

This film seems to have been relatively overlooked in the UK but in America it is a very different story, the 47 reviews on make fascinating reading dealing at length with the historical accuracy and religious implications of the film.

From a purely dramatic point of view I found "September Dawn" a well made movie, but rather bland and even the Romeo and Juliet type romance did nothing to enliven the proceedings.

However the episode where Jonathan Samuelson (Trent Ford) is seen as a horse whisperer taming a vicious but beautiful stallion is riveting.

Nevertheless this is a well acted and directed film, and if the subject matter interests you it is well worth watching.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Importance Of Being Earnest 27 Jan 2014
The subject of the film is a massacre by Mormons of the Arkansas Company (a wagon train of settlers) in the 1850s. The massacre is portrayed as the result of the exclusive views of the Mormons and their own experience of repression that had caused them to flee to beyond the United States. I can imagine this topic is the subject of bitter claim and counter-claim, but such is the gist of the film. The vehicle for the story is the relationship between a young Mormon and a young settler.

The difficulty for the film is that we know there's going to be a massacre and it is hard to build the tension. Starting with that difficulty the film then hobbles itself further with a desperately earnest approach to everything with vast swathes of praying and a very slow treatment. As a result the story dragged until the ultimate slaughter (which made its point unequivocally). Imagine if you will Hotel Rwanda without the hotel manager - there is little to anchor a strong storyline, much though the star crossed lovers may try.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murdered By The Mormons : A True Story 12 Sep 2011
By Malcolm TOP 500 REVIEWER
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September Dawn is an honest attempt to bring the September 11 1857 murder of over 120 members of a peaceful wagon train, to the silver screen.

Released in 2007 and directed by Christopher Cain this film stars John Voight as a paranoid almost rabid Mormon Bishop, Jacob Samuelson. Terry Stamp as the ageing Mormon Prophet Brigham Young,and Trent Ford and Tamara Hope as the incidental love interest. John Voight's character,Bishop Samuelson is a fictional but composite portrayal of several real men of the era.

Using contemporary documents, The Journal of Discourses of Brigham Young, we hear the Prophet expounding teachings on Blood Atonement, it is the time of the Utah War, Young wishes to be left alone to pursue his practise of Polygamy and finds himself at war with the United States. Blood atonement according to Young meant that perceived enemies and 'Gentiles'- the Mormon name for non-Mormons could have their blood spilled to save their sins. Against this background the film unfolds.
The Fancher-Baker wagon train are mostly Methodists from Arkansas and a few from Missouri, their only 'crime' is to travel through Utah Territory on their way to California. Mormon paranoia see's this innocent party of over 120 men, women and children shot, stabbed and beaten to death. Only children under 8 years of age (17 in number) were allowed to live, all witnessing the murder of their parents and siblings.

John Voight plays his part well, as does Terry Stamp as the cold, despotic Brigham Young, it is a good film in that it tells the story as near to the truth as the complicated evidence allows. The film was not a box-office hit in the USA generally, and Mormons in Utah were advised not to see it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Docudrama about the "9/11 Genocide" of 1857 Which L.D.S. Mormons...
The sheer excellence of this motion picture (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 19816 being the North American DVD edition viewed) took me by surprise. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gerald Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
If you are one of this religious group you should be ashamed of what was done in this film, I can recommend this to anyone who wants to see what a religious group is capable of.
Published 2 months ago by ian
1.0 out of 5 stars THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE
Absolute rubbish ! The christian's in this film are all presented as decent, saint-like angels - each with their own personal halo they're all sooo good. Read more
Published 4 months ago by kathleen lowes
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This was an unusual western, but I found it interesting. Well worth a watch.
The service as always was very efficient.
Published 8 months ago by Littlecote
1.0 out of 5 stars load fo rubbish
Based on the true story of the Mountain Meadows massacre this film is slow,poorly scripted,and poorly acted.I wish I hadn't wasted my money.
Published 9 months ago by porgie
5.0 out of 5 stars like westernes
Not sure about this one but will watch it As I like JON Voight so the film will be good to watch
Published 10 months ago by barbara Sherwood
3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual story
I'm old fashioned and wanted a happy ever after story. This did not fit the bill. I would not recomend it
Published 11 months ago by Richard Frost
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me.
Found the story GOOD,however,the transfer to DVD was needs to be looked at again,and to bring it back into good viewing mode.
Published 12 months ago by Kiwi
5.0 out of 5 stars Did it really happen?
I never knew about this part of American history and although most countries and people have skeletons in the cupboard this is one the Mormons strongly deny. Read more
Published 13 months ago by garapata
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth about the Mormons ?
The true story of a Christian wagon train that asked the Mormon township if the could rest for a couple of weeks in their meadow before continuing on to California, they were... Read more
Published 15 months ago by B. G. Peters
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