"Seven Alone", 1974s Oregon Trail-Like Live-Action Movie

By Karen Harris
"Seven Alone" was released in 1974. (amazon)

In 1974, the same year that the Oregon Trail computer game debuted, a film production company called Audio Service released a live-action family movie called Seven Alone. The film was the fictionalized version of a true story of a thirteen-year-old boy, John Sager, who, in 1843, led his six younger siblings some 2,000 miles along the famous Oregon Trail in search of a better life. Seven Alone was definitely a tragic story, but it gave its audience a good idea of the hardship of the Oregon Trail and ended at a happy moment rather than continuing the story to its even more tragic end. Let’s look at the seventies movie, Seven Alone, and the true story on which it was based.