Set in 1848 and inspired by diaries and first-hand accounts of pioneers, this touching film dramatizes the individual struggles of men and women and their quest for survival in the face of uncertainty and death. Captures the essence of pioneer days with warmth, poignancy, and a compelling historical point of view.
"All the homespun virtues...warmth human dimension, historical perspective, relevance, humor, pathos and dignity. It also happens to be a darned good story."
--The Washington Post
"Beautifully lean and compelling.."
--The New York Times
"A minor tour de force...Breathtaking in its utter simplicity."
--The Christian Science Monitor
--Los Angeles Times