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Tim Matheson and Kurt Russell star in this TV movie (which later became a series) about two brothers who roam the west trying to find their sister, who was kidnapped by Indians as a child. This variation on the John Wayne movie "The Searchers" can stand on its own two feet; it's a sharply-written, beautifully photographed, well acted film, smoothly directed by Lee H. Katzin, with some welcome humor amid the seriousness and a memorable segment featuring old pros Brian Keith and Cameron Mitchell. Keith plays a crusty old outlaw and Mitchell the lawman--and his old friend--who leads the posse that tracks him down and surrounds he and his gang in their hideout. Matheson and Russell work well together, and it's obvious why this became a series. Unfortunately, the series didn't live up to its potential and didn't last long, but this is definitely one of the best made-for-TV westerns to have come out of the '70s--or any other era, for that matter--and could easily have stood on its own as a feature. If you're a western fan, or if you like a good story told well, don't miss this.
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To respond to why this show was canceled. The reason was simple. It was
on opposite 'Charlie's Angels'. That piece of fluff trampled everything
in it's path the year it premiered and 'The Quest' was (unfortunately)
its first victim. 'Quest' didn't stand a chance. It lasted fifteen
Too bad, because it contained excellent writing, acting and each week was a vignette of a small morality play. It also tried to insert historical accuracy into its story lines. Truly, a series way ahead of its time. Some of the writers (and actors) on that show have gone on to great success in television and movies today.
Seek this show out. It is well worth it.
The '70s was a bad decade for the television Western. Bonanza
was cancelled a year after the death of Dan Blocker, The Cowboys, based on the John Wayne movie, which was based on the book, was cancelled, and it's too bad this series, based on the John
Ford movie The Searchers, was also cancelled. Why? Low ratings, for one reason, and probably Vietnam, for another. It's the story of two brothers. Quentin Bodeen, played by Tim Matheson, the voice of Jonny Quest in the 1960s, and Morgan Two Persons Bodeen, who, with their unnamed sister, were taken from a west-bound
wagon train by Indians when they were little. Morgan, who was
raised by the Indians, meets his brother, Quentin, a cowboy, ten years later. Neither knew that the other existed. Morgan tells him that they have a sister, who was also taken from the wagon train. The two of them set out across the West to find her and bring her back to white society. Did they find her? I don't know. The show
was cancelled after three or four episodes.
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