The last two weeks have seen me playing in my hexcrawl sandbox--mapping, stocking, planting trees--and it has put me in a frontier frame of mind. So much so that I paid a visit to my local independent video store to rent a few "man vs. the wilderness" films to inspire me. There is one that is escaping me, however, because I've only seen a few minutes of it and have no clue as to who's in it or what the title might be. I'm looking to fix that situation because the few moments that I did see of the unnamed film have stuck with me. A search of the web has left me without the slightest clue to go one so I'm hoping it might be recognizable to one of my readers.
All I can say about this film is that it involves a group of trappers/explorers hauling a fairly large boat across the plains of either America or Canada. I seem to remember them being in the company of some natives as well.This might be but a short moment of the film or a sizable plot point--I'm uncertain. I suspect the movie probably dates from the early to mid 1990s if only because of the film stock, but again, I can't be certain.
I do know that it wasn't Northwest Passage or Fitzcarraldo. It might even be some small independent film. Quite frankly, my inability to ID the film has been driving me a little mad; hopefully one of you can point me in the right direction. Anyone have any idea what it was that I saw?
UPDATE: It was A Man in the Wilderness. I just finished watching it and, although not a great movie, the images of a mule team dragging a boat across all sorts of terrain does tend to stick with you.