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''Broken Trail'' is a made-for-TV movie directed by Walter Hill and first broadcast in 2006 on Creator/{{AMC}}. It is, to a large extent, a vehicle for Robert Duvall, who gets to play his favorite role, that of the grizzled, world-weary but honorable cowboy. The film is thus considered part of Duvall's informal [[TheWestern Western]] trilogy, whose first two instalments were ''Literature/LonesomeDove'' and the Kevin Costner-directed feature movie ''Film/OpenRange''.

The story takes place in 1898. Duvall, as old rogue Print Ritter, and Thomas Haden Church, as his nephew Tom Harte, are driving Oregon ponies to Wyoming, where they are going to be sold to the British army. On their way, they come across five young Chinese women who have been sold into prostitution and are being taken to their new owner, a ruthless madam in a mining town. Ritter and Harte rescue the women from their sordid fate and decide to take them to safety.

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!!Contains examples of:

* AnyoneCanDie
* BadassGrandpa: Print Ritter
* BigDamnHeroes: A couple times. Thomas Church is in all of them, and on one occasion shoots off a man's thumbs.
* CattleDrive: With horses rather than cattle, but apart from that the trope is played straight.
* ChineseLanguage
* ChineseLaunderer: Lung Hay.
* {{Cowboy}}: Ritter and Harte.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Number Four gets raped once too many.]]
* FatBastard: "Big Rump" Kate provides a female example. Dear God, does she ever.
* FourIsDeath: Because the cowboys can't pronounce the women's real names, they name them "Number One" to "Number Five". When the women realize this, "Number Four" objects to being given an unlucky number for a name. One of the other women eventually accepts to be "Number Four", and she does so because she fully expects a tragic fate to befall her, which indeed it does.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Nola.
** Averted by "Big Rump" Kate, the ruthless head prostitute who originally bought the Chinese girls. A Chinese local assures the heroes it would be kinder to just go ahead and slit the girls' throats rather than leave them in the same town as Kate.
* MeaningfulName: Likely unintentional. "Ritter," the main character's surname, is the German term for "knight."
* RapeAsDrama
* SceneryPorn: The camera can't get enough of the American West's wide-open vistas.
* TheSheriff: Once, in passing. He doesn't do much.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue

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