Meek's Cutoff


Features the expedition made by Stephen Meek on the Oregon Trail from Fort Laramie to Willamette Valley in 1845 which became one of the more infamous expeditions made during the era.

‘Meek's Cutoff’ Trailer

A new trailer for director Kelly Reichardt's Western Meek's Cutoff has arrived. The film stars Michelle Williams and Paul Dano in a story about three families who become lost on the Oregon Trailer after taking a shortcut. You can check out the first footage from this gritty thriller below.

The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon train of three families has hired mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Claiming to know a short cut, 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 face the scourges of hunger, thirst and their own lack of faith in one another'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 a natural born enemy.

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