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Overview

Executive produced by Steven Spielberg, the sprawling six-part, 12-hour TV miniseries Into the West covers 65 years of American history, from the first major migration westward in the mid-1820s to the massacre at Wounded Knee in the early 1890s. The story is largely seen through the eyes of two protagonists (and their families): Jacob Wheeler (Matthew Settle), a wheelwright who leaves his Virginia hometown and his family's business in 1827 to seek his destiny in the company of legendary mountain man Jedediah Smith (Josh Brolin); and Loved by the Buffalo (George Leach), a Lakota Sioux holy man who spends a lifetime seeking the answers to his profound and disturbing images about the future of his country -- and his people. Eschewing the usual "old-age makeup" route often pursued in epic tales of this nature, the main characters are played by progressively older actors in the course of the story: for example, Loved by the Buffalo is portrayed by no fewer than four different performers! In a more traditionalist How the West Was Won vein, the miniseries is festooned with major stars, some cast in very brief roles: among these are Josh Brolin, Keri Russell, Matthew Modine, Beau Bridges, Gary Busey, Tom Berenger, and Judge Reinhold. Nor is How the West Was Won the only inspiration for the multi-plotted storyline: other films echoed and emulated throughout the saga include The Iron Horse, The Big Trail, Westward the Women, The Searchers, and Dances With Wolves. As mentioned, the story is divided into six parts: "Wheel to the Stars, in which the fates of Jacob Wheeler and Loved by the Buffalo become forever intertwined; "Manifest Destiny, chronicling the first major trek to California; "Dreams & Schemes, wherein the Lakota lands are despoiled by Gold Fever and war breaks out between the North and South; "Hell on Wheels, chronicling the postwar chaos and the coming of the railroad; "Casualties of War, wherein the conflict between Native Americans and the white man results in wholesale bloodshed -- and, surprisingly, a "counter-revolution" of compassion and understanding; and "Ghost Dance, the last great stand of the Lakota, which brings the story full circle. Largely filmed in the Canadian Rockies over a six-month period, and utilizing the talents of six directors, Into the West premiered June 10, 2005, on the TNT cable network.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2017
UPC: 0032429267566
Original Release: 2005
Source: Dreamworks Video
Sales rank: 15,641

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Settle Jacob Wheeler
Josh Brolin Jebediah Smith
Skeet Ulrich Wheeler, Jethro
Keri Russell Naomi Wheeler
Matthew Modine Samson Wheeler
Beau Bridges Stephen Hoxie
Simon Baker Loved By The Buffalo (Younger)
Tom Berenger Col. J. Chivington
Will Patton Fletcher
Tonantzin Carmelo Thunder Heart Woman
Zahn McClarnon Running Fox
Jessica Capshaw Rachel Wheeler
Sean Astin Martin Jarrett
Balthazar Getty David Wheeler
Gary Busey Johnny Fox
Judge Reinhold Douglas Hillman
Warren Kole Robert Wheeler
Christian Kane Abe Wheeler/High Wolf
Irene Bedard Margaret Light Shines
Tyler Christopher Jacob Wheeler Jr. (Touch the Sky)
Rachael Leigh Cook Clara Wheeler
Michael Spears Dog Star
Lance Henriksen Daniel Wheeler
Keith Carradine Capt. William H. Pratt
Daniel Gillies Ethan Biggs
Joanna Going Clara Wheeler
Graham Greene Conquering Bear
George Leach Loved By the Buffalo
Joseph M. Marshall Oldest Loved By the Buffalo
Steve Reevis Older Loved By the Buffalo
Russell Means Older Running Fox
David Paymer Mr. Royer
John Pyper-Ferguson Josiah Bell
Craig Scheffer Older Robert Wheeler
Mathew Strongeagle Young Running Fox
Wes Studi Black Kettle
John Terry Older Jacob Wheeler
Gordon Tootoosis Growling Bear
Sheila Tousey Older Thunder Heart Woman
Alan Tudyk Nathan Wheeler
Dax Ansley Jedediah Wheeler
Gil Birmingham Older Dogstar
Christian Bocher Bloody Bill Anderson
Chantry Bruised Head Margaret Light Shines (4 years)
Joshua Bryant Gen. William T. Sherman
Samuel Patrick Chu Jacob Jr.
Sage Galesi Margaret Light Shines (Younger)
Emily Holmes Leah Wheeler
Rebecca Jenkins Susanah Wheeler
Robert Maloney John Charles Fremnt
Tatanka Means Crazy Horse
Glen Powell Jackson Wheeler
Chloe Russell Libby Custer
Mia Stallard Lilly Wheeler
Maureen Thomas Margaret Wheeler
Garrett Wang Chow-Ping Yen
Chantelle Webster Corn Flower

Technical Credits
Alan Caso Cinematographer
Rene Haynes Casting Casting
Mark Conte Editor
Marek Dobrowoiski Production Designer
Windy Hill-Trout Co-producer
Liberman/Patton Casting Casting
William Mastrosimone Original Story
Sabrina Plisco Editor
Larry Rapaport Producer
David Rosemont Producer
Steven Spielberg Executive Producer
William Wage Cinematographer
Michelle Wong Co-producer
Geoff Zanelli Score Composer

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