Broken Trail by Alan GeoffrionFulcrums first novel and the inspiration for the AMC original miniseries starring Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church. The story follows the lives of five Chinese women brought to Wyoming to serve as prostitutes in an outpost town, a common practice of the time. Their fates intertwine with those of two western horsemen--one of which, Print Ritter (Duvalls character), undergoes a period of personal growth, from rough-and-tumble cowboy to father figure.
'Broken Trail,' a Tale of Roping in Cattle and Rounding Up Girls
In a dark, dank and crowded cellar, young Chinese women are rounded up and sold to an American intent on transporting them to the frontier to serve as prostitutes — a 19th-century chattel drive. Somewhere near the point where East meets West, five of them end up in the custody of two flinty cowboys who are taking a herd of wild horses across the wilderness to Wyoming. It's a majestic, lawless landscape that sets men free and immures women, and that clash is the crux of the two-part movie on AMC starring Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church that begins on Sunday. Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones, forever changed the television western; every cowboy drama since has been held up against "Lonesome Dove" and fallen a little short. Only "Deadwood," on HBO, has set its own standard as an anti-western where almost all the conventions of the genre are turned upside down. Duvall once again in the role of a crusty, worn-out cowboy, here called Print Ritter, is much more in the debt of "Lonesome Dove," probably a little too much, since it too cannot live up to that legendary epic. The heart of the story is the renewed bond — forged in death, dirt and an unspoken code of honor — between Uncle Print and his estranged nephew, Tom Harte Mr.
With Robert Duvall, Thomas Haden Church, Walter Hill, Alan Geoffrion. Top-rated miniseries! Academy Award® winner Robert Duvall ( Best Actor in a.
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Along the way, they acquire a hired hand Scott Cooper and then rescue five young Chinese girls — sold into slavery by their families — earmarked to become prostitutes in a local mining camp. Safeguarding the vulnerable quintet also means running afoul of the madam who purchased them, the colorfully named Big Rump Kate Rusty Schwimmer , and the sadistic ex-con Chris Mulkey she enlists to retrieve her property. Adding to his incentive, meanwhile, is a revenge debt toward a proverbial hooker with a heart of gold, Nola Greta Scacchi , who also falls in with Print and company. Also, the male leads are such Marlboro Men their dialogue makes Gary Cooper sound like a relative chatterbox. Executive producers, Robert Duvall, Stanley M. The film is presented in the Khmer and Thai languages.
Along the way, their simple horse drive is complicated when they rescue five Chinese girls from a slave trader, saving them from a life of prostitution and indentured servitude. Compelled to do the right thing, they take the girls with them as they continue their perilous trek across the frontier, followed by a vicious gang of killers sent by the whorehouse madam who originally paid for the girls. Broken Trail weaves together two historical events: the British buying horses in the American West in the late 19th century and Chinese women being transported from the West Coast to the interior to serve as prostitutes. Filmed on location in Calgary, Alberta. The miniseries originally aired on American Movie Classics as its first original film. In San Francisco in , countless Chinese girls are sold into slavery and brought to the American West to live as prostitutes among the miners and railway workers.