"We're all travelers in this world Birth till death We travel between the eternities "
The film opens in Chinatown San Francisco, 1898 where we five exotic
virgins from the Celestial Empire are bought by Captain Billy Fender
(James Russo) to be sold as slaves and introduced into the brief and
violent life of prostitution
Robert Duvall stars as "Print" Ritter, an old cowhand whose sister left
a will inheriting all to him rather than to her own son, Tom Harte
(Thomas Haden Church) who lives in John Day Country Oregon...
Print ignores why she has done it, or why was crossed between the two,
but his sister done it
Print got the idea to buy a team of tough, high-desert mustangsthree
to eight years of ageto take them to Sheridan, Wyoming to sell to the
British Empire; the money they'll earn will be to increase their
capital And on the shares, Print figures a 25-75 split on profits
after expenses and loan repayment to the bank
From this point, Hill's Western becomes a road movie, with all kinds of
odd characters, from ugly villains to a friendly musician, but the key
to "Broken Trail" is that through a series of circumstances, fate has
placed the five Chinese innocent girls in the hands of Tom and his
uncle But the reality is another Their families sold them to that rat
captain heading out to the mining camp, where Kate, an odious saloon
owner, bought them from an associate in San Francisco
Our two cowboys save the girls' lives from rape and take them along on
With great photography, gorgeous vistas, perilous ground, sensible
brave girls, good and decidedly courageous men, great action when it is
necessary, and a big confrontation at the climax of the movie, Hill's
Western is a must see film for the fans of the genre .
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timeless movie, movie for the whole family .
Mesmerizing and kept me enthralled both nights.
As a Chinese-American, I had no doubt I would schedule my life around
the two nights BROKEN TRAIL was airing. Having seen part 2 last night,
I am still reeling from the beauty of the backdrop, the vastness and
the loneliness--something I remember from the film, A RIVER RUNS
THROUGH IT, which was also in Wyoming I believe and definitely featured
fly fishing but I digress.
Robert Duvall said in an interview on CBS' Sunday Morning that BROKEN
TRAIL represented the finale to his western trilogy (Lonesome Dove,
Open Range and now Broken Trail) and that's sad but what a body of work
he's left us and countless generations to enjoy! I loved the economy of
language because that's how I imagine life was among men in those days.
The leisurely pace of the film might have pulled the story down but not
in this case. I applaud AMC for going forward with this production and
the minimal intrusion of commercials. I truly hope this comes out on
DVD because I know I will have to have it. I found the casting to be
perfect and disagree with the reviewer who lamented the exclusion of
Tom Selleck or Keith Carradine among others. The familiarity I felt for
Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church was enough without being
overwhelming--they just seemed to lend honesty and truth to their
performances--more known actors weren't needed. I appreciated the fact
this wasn't a cast of thousands, although there were suppose to be 500
horses or so...
My final comment to all who enjoyed this mini-series and to those who
did not know much of the Chinese who came to the 'Golden Mountain' in
the 1800's--please look for Ruthanne Lum McCunn's book, "THOUSAND
PIECES OF GOLD" which is based on a true story (I'm still not sure if
Broken Trail is, although I believe the writer was somewhat influenced
by this book since there are common threads i.e. Chinese girls sold
into prostitution and setting roots in far flung states--Idaho in the
book and Wyoming in the mini-series). THOUSAND PIECES...has also been
made into a film but is not as good as BROKEN TRAIL.
I can't wait for AMC to show repeat airings--for any of you who didn't
get a chance--WATCH IT!!!.