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The Macahans (1976)

TV Movie  -   -  Western  -  19 January 1976 (USA)
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Zeb Macahan, a pioneering westerner, help's move his brother's family to the wild west. They run into several obstacles including the breakout of the Civil War. This sends the father back ... See full summary »

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Kate Macahan
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Kathryn Holcomb ...
William Kirby Cullen ...
Jed Macahan
Vicki Schreck ...
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Timothy Macahan
Gene Evans ...
Dutton
Victor Mohica ...
Billy Joe
Frank Ferguson ...
Grandpa Macahan
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Grandma Macahan
Ben Wilson ...
Henry Jethro
Mel Stevens ...
Dr. Dodd
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Sioux Chief Bear Dance
John Crawford ...
Hale Crowley
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Zeb Macahan, a pioneering westerner, help's move his brother's family to the wild west. They run into several obstacles including the breakout of the Civil War. This sends the father back to fight in the war and leaves the family to move on ahead. Written by Anonymous

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Alla conquista del West  »

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Zeb returns to his parents homestead in Virginia, which can be seen to be surrounded by - the Malibu Mountains. The Malibu Mountains of California could never be confused with the Blue Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia. See more »

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TV Soap Western
6 September 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Unlike many other comment writers I'm only writing about the film and not the series. This entry of the IMDb refers to the pilot(?) film only.

The movie deals with the fortune of the Macahan family who underwent a life of strange and irrational decisions. Timothy(?) Macahan is tired of the life in Virginia and also fears the upcoming civil war and thus decides to go west. With a single covered wagon and his brother Zeb as a scout he soon arrives in Nebraska. Despite the availability of a telegraph line he starts to worry about his parents who have stayed back in Virginia and decides to ride back more than 2000 miles through territory of war. After nothing is heard about him one of his sons follows him to Virginia and is thereby recruited by the Unionists. In the middle of the Shiloh battle he meets his father who is just about to die in the same minute. Isn't the USA bigger than than the town where I'm living?!

There is a teaching narrative which gives the impression that the event-driven soap opera is meant as kind of a lesson. The actors could have been better and more natural, some more extras could have filled the scenes. The way the story is told lacks the necessary grit which is a typical flaw of TV-Westerns. Camera work and score are mediocre.

4 / 10.


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