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Release Date:
15 May 1979 (USA) See more »
Two part TV adaptation of Louis L'Amour's third novel in the Sackett series. The story follows the three... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Sam Elliott ... Tell Sackett

Tom Selleck ... Orrin Sackett
Jeff Osterhage ... Tyrel Sackett

Glenn Ford ... Tom Sunday

Ben Johnson ... Cap Rountree

Gilbert Roland ... Don Luis

John Vernon ... Jonathan Pritts

Ruth Roman ... Rosie

Jack Elam ... Ira Bigelow
Gene Evans ... Benson Bigelow

L.Q. Jones ... Belden

Paul Koslo ... Kid Newton

Mercedes McCambridge ... Ma Sackett

Slim Pickens ... Jack Bigelow
Louis L'Amour ... Himself

Buck Taylor ... Reed Carney

Pat Buttram ... Tuthill
Shug Fisher ... Purgatorie Barkeep
Ana Alicia ... Drusilla

Lee de Broux ... Simpson

James Gammon ... Wes Bigelow
Marcy Hanson ... Laura Pritts
Frank Ramírez ... Juan Torres (as Frank Ramirez)
Wendy Rastattar ... Ange Kerry (as Wendy Rastatter)
Henry Capps ... Boyd
Ramon Chavez ... Pete Romero
Don Collier ... L.P. Seeker
Pam Earnhardt ... Mary
Bruce M. Fischer ... Trapper (as Bruce Fischer)
Richard Jamison ... Miner #1
Pat Mahoney ... Purgatorie Customer (as Patrick Mahoney)
James O'Connell ... Long Higgins
Ken Plonkey ... Miner #2
Mark Wallace ... Teller (as Mark Wales)
Malcolm Watt ... Preacher
Mai Gray ... The Harlot

Bill Hart ... Rodale

Brian Libby ... Durango
Kimo Owens ... Fetterson
Monique St. Pierre ... Delilah
Tom Waters ... Hobes

Directed by
Robert Totten 
Writing credits
Jim Byrnes (written by)

Louis L'Amour (novels "The Daybreakers" & "Sackett")

Produced by
Jim Byrnes .... co-producer
Jim Byrnes .... executive producer
Douglas Netter .... executive producer
Douglas Netter .... producer
Original Music by
Jerrold Immel 
Cinematography by
Jack Whitman (director of photography) (as Jack A. Whitman Jr.)
Film Editing by
Howard A. Smith 
Casting by
Ramsay King 
Production Design by
Tambi Larsen  (as Johannes Larsen)
Set Decoration by
James L. Berkey  (as James Berkey)
Makeup Department
James Lee McCoy .... makeup artist (as James L. McCoy)
Edie Panda .... hair stylist
Gerald Soucie .... makeup artist (as Jerry Soucie)
Production Management
David V. Lester .... unit production manager (as David Lester)
Les Sheldon .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stephen McEveety .... second assistant director
Robert Webb .... first assistant director (as Robert M. Webb)
Art Department
Dick Kyker .... property master (as Richard Kyker)
George Stokes .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer (as Richard Kline)
Bill Marky .... sound mixer
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound re-recording mixer (as Don Mitchell)
Jerry Rosenthal .... supervising sound effects editor
Tex Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Jack Monroe .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
William H. Battersby Jr. .... camera operator (as William H. Battersby)
Don Capel .... key grip
William Huffman .... gaffer
Michael D. O'Shea .... camera operator
Casting Department
Jack N. Young .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carole Brown-James .... wardrobe: women
Barton Kent James .... wardrobe: men
Editorial Department
A. David Marshall .... assistant editor
George T. Talley .... assistant editor
Music Department
Kenneth Karman .... music editor: La Da Productions (as Ken Karman)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Frank 'Cat' Ballou .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
John Copeland .... production assistant
A. Eugene D'Onofrio .... location auditor
Jay K. Fishburn .... ramrod wrangler (as Jay Fishburn)
Ronnie Kramer .... production coordinator
Thomas J. O'Malia .... financial consultant
Hope Williams .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Louis L'Amour's The Sacketts" - USA (complete title)
"The Daybreakers" - USA (cut version)
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240 min | USA:198 min (Video Version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck, and Jeff Osterhage had such a good time doing this project together, they reunited on another 'Louis L'Amour' story, The Shadow Riders (1982) (TV), years later.See more »
Revealing mistakes: During the gunfight, when Tom Selleck shoots the man behind the barrel, he pulls the trigger one more time after dying.See more »


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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
If you like Sackett novels you'll love this!, 17 September 2006
Author: j-mschaffner from United States

This move was made in the late 1970's before TS achieved fame. So you may see a much slimmer and rougher actor than you may be used to. In my opinion, this is the greatest portrayal of Orrin and Tell Sackett to date. The screenplay remained true to the two novels from which it was taken ("The Daybreakers" and "Sackett"). The portrayal of the times was as authentic as we can hope for without having a camera running in the late 1800's. The supporting actors were so real you could smell the trail dust on them. The screen locations were exactly as I had pictured them in my mind when I read the novels. If you love Louis L'Amour novels and want to see the best that Hollywood has to offer, then take the time to watch this.

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