Set against the breathtaking beauty of the Utah mountains, this 2007 film presents a possible perspective on the Mountain Meadows Massacre of September 11, 1857, in which more than 100 California-bound settlers were murdered near Cedar City after being allowed by Mormon leadership to camp there. Was it done by a renegade Mormon group or by Native Americans? The event remains highly contentious, as the Mormon hierarchy denies any involvement by leader Brigham Young (played brilliantly by Terence Stamp). Embedded in these dire events is a Romeo and Juliet–type love story with the son of a Mormon bishop (Jon Voight) and the daughter of a minister with the wagon train.
"Stunning … shocking …. powerful. Jon Voight gives a compelling performance."—Jeffrey Lyons