Source: Catholic News Service
Standard-style Western but with a provocative theme as the love story of a Mormon boy (Trent Ford) and pioneer girl (Tamara Hope) unfolds against a backdrop of the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857, in which 120 men, women and children from Arkansas were slaughtered as their wagon train journeyed through Utah en route to California. Director and co-writer Chris Cain (with Carole Whang Schutter) purports that church leader Brigham Young gave the order and that Mormon extremists (Jon Voight plays a fictional elder here) incited the Indians to help them annihilate the party as revenge for the killing of prophet Joseph Smith. Much violence during the slaughter, shots of dead and wounded, polygamy, brief sexual reference and fratricide. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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