The bitter-sweet story of young lovers caught up in a political struggle waged by farmers against the grain trade, the banks, and the railroads. Set in North Dakota during 1915-16, a largely forgotten era of American history.
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Hearty, unadorned, and moving, with much of the same stark lyricism and hard-won ardor you find in the work of Willa Cather and John Ford. The close-ups of workingmen/women's faces are every bit as powerful as the wide shots of that harsh prairie landscape. A proudly pro-union, pro-human film. Belongs alongside WILD RIVER, THE GRAPES OF WRATH, and SOMETIMES A GREAT NOTION.