Meek's Cutoff

Director Kelly Reichardt
Genre Drama
Runtime 104 minutes
Supplier Oscilloscope Pictures
Festivals/Awards SIGNIS Award - Venice Film Festival 2010
Release Date In theatres on May 13, 2011


Meek's Cutoff, from acclaimed director Kelly Reinhardt (Wendy and Lucy, Old Joy), is a stark and poetic drama set in 1845, the earliest days of the treacherous Oregon Trail. A wagon train of three families (including two-time Academy Award® nominee Michelle Williams) has hired mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a shortcut, Meek leads the group on an unmarked path across the high plain desert, only to become lost in the dry rock and sage. Over the coming days, the emigrants must face the scourges of hunger, thirst and their lack of faith in each other's instincts for survival. When a Native American wanderer crosses their path, the emigrants are torn between their trust in a guide who has proven himself unreliable and a man who has always been seen as their natural born enemy.

SIGNIS Award - Venice Film Festival 2010

Official Film Site


Cast & Credits

Emily Tetherow Michelle Williams
Stephen Meek Bruce Greenwood
Soloman Tetherow Will Patton
Millie Gately Zoe Kazan
Thomas Gately Paul Dano

Press & Articles

“Oregon Trail pioneers face hope and hardship in Kelly Reichardt's poetic tale of a journey across the plains around 1845” - Los Angeles Times

“'Meek’s Cutoff': This chilling, beautiful fable about the Oregon Trail might be Toronto's best new film” - Salon

“Michelle Williams Hits the Oregon Trail in a New American Classic” - Time

“'Meek's Cutoff' Review” - Variety

“Wagon train flies off the rails” - The Washington Post

“Michelle Williams Shines in Ambitious, Gorgeous 'Meek's Cutoff'” - Movie Line

“'Meek's Cutoff': Western Disunion” - The Village Voice

“'Meek's Cutoff': Free of sound and fury, signifying everything” - The Globe and Mail

“Kelly Reichardt's beautifully shot western is a powerful evocation of the hardships endured on the Oregon Trail” - The Observer

“'Meek's Cutoff' Review” - Chicago Sun-Times

“Michelle Williams stars in a bleak, enigmatic and masterful western about families on the Oregon trail” - The Guardian

“The New Old West: Kelly Reichardt's 'Meek's Cutoff'” - Indiewire

“Critics' Pick: Out on the Frontier, Bringing All That Baggage With Them” - The New York Times

“'Meek's Cutoff' shows how the western can be won” - The Wall Street Journal

Meek's Cutoff

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