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Lonesome Dove 

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Two former Texas Rangers renew their spirit of adventure as they and several other residents of a small Texas town join a cattle drive to the Montana Territory.
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Top Rated TV #106 | Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 16 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Robert Duvall ...  Augustus 'Gus' McCrae 4 episodes, 1989
Tommy Lee Jones ...  Woodrow F. Call 4 episodes, 1989
Danny Glover ...  Joshua Deets 4 episodes, 1989
Diane Lane ...  Lorena Wood 4 episodes, 1989
Robert Urich ...  Jake Spoon 4 episodes, 1989
Frederic Forrest ...  Blue Duck 4 episodes, 1989
D.B. Sweeney ...  Dish Boggett 4 episodes, 1989
Ricky Schroder ...  Newt Dobbs 4 episodes, 1989
Anjelica Huston ...  Clara Allen 4 episodes, 1989
Chris Cooper ...  July Johnson 4 episodes, 1989
Timothy Scott ...  Pea Eye Parker 4 episodes, 1989
Glenne Headly ...  Elmira Boot Johnson 4 episodes, 1989
Barry Corbin ...  Roscoe Brown 4 episodes, 1989
William Sanderson ...  Lippy Jones 4 episodes, 1989
Barry Tubb ...  Jasper Fant 4 episodes, 1989
Gavan O'Herlihy ...  Dan Suggs 4 episodes, 1989
Steve Buscemi ...  Luke 4 episodes, 1989
Frederick Coffin ...  Big Zwey 4 episodes, 1989
Travis Swords Travis Swords ...  Allan O'Brien 4 episodes, 1989
Kevin O'Morrison ...  Doctor 4 episodes, 1989
Ron Weyand Ron Weyand ...  Old Hugh 4 episodes, 1989
Lanny Flaherty ...  Soupy Jones 4 episodes, 1989
David Carpenter ...  Needle Nelson 4 episodes, 1989
James McMurtry James McMurtry ...  Jimmy Rainey 4 episodes, 1989
Charlie Haynie Charlie Haynie ...  Ben Rainey 4 episodes, 1989
James Terry McIlvain James Terry McIlvain ...  Cowboy 4 episodes, 1989
Sonny Carl Davis ...  Bert Borum 4 episodes, 1989
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ...  Po Campo 3 episodes, 1989
León Singer ...  Bolivar 3 episodes, 1989
Thomas Connor Thomas Connor ...  Bob Allen 2 episodes, 1989
Jerry Biggs Jerry Biggs ...  Roy Suggs 2 episodes, 1989
Missy Crider ...  Sally Allen 2 episodes, 1989
Sean Hennigan Sean Hennigan ...  Eddie Suggs 2 episodes, 1989
Lauren Stanley Lauren Stanley ...  Betsy Allen 2 episodes, 1989
Julius Tennon ...  Frog Lip 2 episodes, 1989
Jack Caffrey Jack Caffrey ...  Cholo 2 episodes, 1989
Adam Faraizl Adam Faraizl ...  Joe Boot 2 episodes, 1989
Jimmy Ray Pickens ...  Bill Spettle 2 episodes, 1989
Bradley Gregg ...  Sean O'Brien 2 episodes, 1989
Nina Siemaszko ...  Janey 2 episodes, 1989
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Epic story about two former Texas rangers who decide to move cattle from the south to Montana. Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call run into many problems on the way, and the journey doesn't end without numerous casualties. (6 hrs approx) Written by Rob Hartill

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1989 (USA) See more »

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Lonesome Dove See more »

Filming Locations:

Bastrop State Park, Texas, USA See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

After the novel won the Pulitzer Prize, John Milius and John Huston attempted to adapt it into a feature film, before Suzanne De Passe and Larry McMurtry decided to do it as a miniseries. See more »

Goofs

The town Ogallala is spelled Ogalalla and Ogallala on different signs. The first spelling is the correct one. See more »

Quotes

Gus McCrae: It's not dying I'm talking about, it's living.
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Crazy Credits

Danny Glover, Robert Urich, Frederic Forrest, and Anjelica Huston are credited in every episode, even though Huston does not appear until the third episode, Forrest does not appear at all in the third episode, and Glover and Urich do not appear in the final episode. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2008 DVD/Blu-Ray release was cropped to a 16:9 aspect ratio, and enhanced for viewing on widescreen televisions. These versions were also remastered, and the picture quality is superior to the original DVD release. See more »

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Featured in CBS at 75 (2003) See more »

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The Best Western Ever Filmed
18 August 2004 | by Barky44See all my reviews

As a boy, I never liked western films. My father loved them all, all the John Wayne classics, the Spaghetti Westerns, the whole lot.

I despised them all. They were all the same. Same plot. Same rotten cinematography. Same unbelievable characters. Couldn't understand the attraction.

Then I saw Lonesome Dove. This film (actually a mini-series) is an absolute masterpiece.

It starts with the cinematography and locations. It was not your stereotypical Utah-canyon photography, it was the great plains, the Texas deserts, the wide rivers, the mesquite groves. Not marvelous vistas, but simple, real, gritty scenery. You can taste the dust of the panhandle and smell the Kansas plains.

Then there's the action. There's lots of it. Flooding rivers, driving rains, realistic fights, thundering cattle drives, horrible scenes of rape and torture (just under TV censor radar), plenty of death and sadness. All of it believable. All of it heart-tugging. All of it amazing.

But above all of these great features are the characters and the writing. Augustus McCrae and Woodrow F. Call have become two icons of pop culture, polar opposites who work well together and, in the end, are incomplete without one another. The supporting cast as well is fabulous, well written, patently interesting, and tremendously played. Even the evil characters are fascinating.

This is what television and film should be. It is very, very rare for anything of this quality to ever appear on the small screen, and with today's "reality TV" craze, it is even rarer still.

Buy the DVD set. You won't be disappointed. 10 out of 10.

Barky


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