Broken Trail

Broken Trail

Country: Canada
Year: 2006
Duration: 184'

At the end of the 19th century, the old cowboy Print Ritter and his nephew Tom Harte undertake an exhausting trip from eastern Oregon to Wyoming, to sell a heard of horses. During the travel, the two men come across a dishonest dealer who is accompanying 5 unwitting Chinese girls who have been sold by their families to work as waitresses, but who are actually destined to become prostitutes. The two men decide to save them from their tragic destiny, putting not only the success of their own voyage, but their very lives, at risk.

"Every story has a kind of little truth, and as the director, I have to find what's correct for my film. Broken Trail is about two men trying to do the right thing: a typical situation of western films. There is a kind of elegant simplicity I find in shooting a western, the way it ties into the mythical, poetic ideas that America has about itself." (W. Hill)


film director

Walter Hill

Walter Hill (Long Beach, California, 1942) wrote the screenplay of The Getaway by Sam Peckinpah (1972) and in 1975 debuted as a director with Hard Times. But he won international fame with The Warriors (1979). In 1980 he realized his first film western The Long Riders, followed by the great success 48 Hrs. (1982). After the noir Johnny Handsome (1989), he returned to western with Geronimo: An American Legend (1993) and Wild Bill (1995), and in 2002 he directed Undisputed. In 2005 the Torino Film Festival dedicated a complete retrospective to his work.


Hard Times (L’eroe della strada, 1975), The Driver (Driver l’imprendibile, 1978), The Warriors (I guerrieri della notte, 1979), The Long Riders (I cavalieri dalle lunghe ombre, 1980), 48 Hrs. (48 ore, 1982), Brewster’s Millions (Chi più spende… più guadagna, 1985), Crossroads (Mississippi Adventure, 1986), Extreme Prejudice (Ricercati: ufficialmente morti, 1987), Red Heat (Danko, 1988), Johnny Handsome (Johnny il bello, 1989), Another 48 Hrs. (Ancora 48 ore, 1990), Trespass (I trasgressori, 1992), Geronimo: An American Legend (Geronimo, 1993), Wild Bill (id., 1995), Last Man Standing (Ancora vivo, 1996), Undisputed (id., 2002), Broken Trail (TV, 2006)