• Director: Kelly Reichardt
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Production Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Run Time: 104 minutes

Meek's Cutoff

Description

Five weeks in to what was supposed to be a two week trip, three Oregon-bound families are low on supplies and, more importantly, water, and begin to suspect that their guide, Stephen Meek, may have misled them when he promised them a shortcut. Unfortunately, their only other option for help is a Cayuse man who they’ve taken prisoner and they have to decide which runs deeper: their suspicions of Meek or their mistrust of this "strange savage" who could lead them to their gruesome end at the hands of his people.

Themes

Oregon Trail, Stephen Hall Meek (1805 – 1886), Cross-cultural interactions, Loyalties, Native Americans, Manifest Destiny, Human migration, Race relations, Pioneers, Colonialism, Cultural conflicts, Pacific Northwest