Friday, February 06, 2009

"The Forlorn" trailer

Today I got an e-mail from John E. Moore, producer of The Forlorn, Anacapa Entertainment's forthcoming movie based on the band of snowshoers (later known as the Forlorn Hope) who set out from the camp at Donner Lake in December 1846 to get help from Sutter's Fort. Anacapa's in the process of scoring/mixing the film; no release date has been set yet. You can view a trailer here. It's kinda hard to get a feel for the movie, but I must say I was surprised at how well groomed these "desperate" snowshoers look. Naval officer Joseph T. Downey had to say about other 1846 emigrants after they crossed the mountains:

"... such a mass was never seen before by mortal man. They were literally the rag tag and bobtail of all Creation. Here they came, some with coats and some no coats--some with deer skin trowsers and some with awful looking things in the shape of trowsers, some with moccasins, some with Boots, some with shoes and a great majority with no covering to their feet. In one thing however they were uniform: they had good rifles and shocking Bad Hats."

The Forlorn's Donner Party members, however, are clean, well-fed, and well-dressed. Musta spruced themselves up before they set out...

9 comments:

Carey said...

Hmmm . . . I never pictured Crispin Glover as a member of the "Forlorn Hope"! Eddy,however, seems to be the pretty boy I always imagined him to be!
Carey in KS

Anonymous said...

Isn't the name of this movie "The Forlorn"?
The trailer looks great. Any idea when this will be released?

Kristin Johnson said...

No, no word yet on when "The Forlorn" will be out. Hopefully not long!

Kristin

Anonymous said...

I have viewed the trailer and agree that they look like they just stepped out of neiman marcus. I guess there wasn't much money for make up. I would have thought they would darken the eyes and used clothes that was well worn.

Anonymous said...

Was born in Sacramento and was raised and continue to live in the N. California area. In fact I live less then an hour from Truckee, where the Donner party was trapped that terrible winter of 1846-1847. Am very interested to see this movie. Looks really good and I only hope that the director and producers stuck to historical facts instead of making it more Hollywood.

Anonymous said...

Can you say "Straight to DVD"? Alive was already made, this will flop for sure

E said...

I watched the trailer and found it disappointing at best. The actors are way too clean as mentioned earlier and fail to look starved and desperate enough to be believable in my opinion. The directors should have sought out Dennis Quaid who lost fifty pounds to play the part of Doc Holliday and truly looked like he was dying of TB in Costner's Wyatt Earp. Oh well, for you future filmakers out there, there's plenty of room for you to do it right.

Anonymous said...

Dennis Quaid could probably afford to take the time of from work to lose 50 pounds. I heard all the actors lost what they could, some lost 10 to 20 pounds.

rm_homes said...

I traveled east on highway 50 from South Lake Tahoe, Nevada on January 15 1995.I had to repair my exhaust pipe in Carson City. I got back on route heading east on US 50 heading to Delta Utah. It was late close to midnight, as I drive along the winding road I had to drive slow due to icy roads and thick fog. I began to see shapes, silhouettes in the thick fog and I heard what sounded like a caravan which I had only heard on westerns, films or tv. The outlines were the shapes of the Donner Party; covered wagons, mules,oxen or horses men in broad brim hats,women in bonnets. Sounds of whistling and yahs, this went on for hours. I had seen the road signs Donner summit, Donner pass, I had heard of the Donner Party and knew this was them. Ruben Moil Phoenix, AZ