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Lonesome Dove 

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 #69 | Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 16 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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 Dish Boggett 4 episodes, 1989
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 Big Zwey 4 episodes, 1989
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 Allan O'Brien 4 episodes, 1989
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 Old Hugh 4 episodes, 1989
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 Soupy Jones 4 episodes, 1989
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 Needle Nelson 4 episodes, 1989
James McMurtry ...
 Jimmy Rainey 4 episodes, 1989
Charlie Haynie ...
 Ben Rainey 4 episodes, 1989
James Terry McIlvain ...
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 Bert Borum 4 episodes, 1989
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ...
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Thomas Connor ...
 Bob Allen 2 episodes, 1989
Jerry Biggs ...
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 Sally Allen 2 episodes, 1989
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 Betsy Allen 2 episodes, 1989
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 Frog Lip 2 episodes, 1989
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 Joe Boot 2 episodes, 1989
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 Bill Spettle 2 episodes, 1989
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 Sean O'Brien 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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5 February 1989 (USA)  »

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Two scenes in the miniseries are based on actual incidents that occurred during a cattle drive from Texas to Montana: 1. Some cowboys asked "how far is it to Up-North?", believing it to be place, not a direction. 2. During one of the river crossings, the cowboys stripped off their clothes and rode the horses naked. Both episodes are related by Teddy "Blue" Abbott, a nineteenth century Texas cowboy, who participated in a cattle drive from Texas to Montana. Abbott remained in Montana, married the daughter of cattle baron Granville Stuart, and become a relatively prosperous rancher. He wrote a book of memories called "We Pointed Them North". See more »

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Capt. Call's horse is named Hell Bitch and referred to with female pronouns through the entire series in spite of the fact that the horse is quite clearly a gelding (castrated male). See more »

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Clara Allen: Sometimes it seems like grave digging is all we do around here, don't it Cholo? What do you think happens when we die?
Cholo: Not too much. You are just dead.
Clara Allen: Maybe it's not as big a change as we think. Maybe you just go back to where you lived or near your family, or wherever you were the happiest. Only you're just a spirit now... and you don't have the troubles the living have.
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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 »

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This is the finest Western film ever made, bar none.
31 December 1999 | by See all my reviews

The Lonesome Dove mini-series contains every core element of a classic story of the mythic Old West: romance, tragedy, courageous and independent yet very human heroes, vicious yet believable villains, plenty of action, and the overall grit and determination of frontier life. These elements are all woven into an enthralling story centered on an epic journey across the American frontier--a cattle drive from Texas to Montana undertaken shortly after the Custer massacre. The movie is extremely faithful (in plot, dialogue, and characterizations) to the excellent novel by Larry McMurtry, and especially benefits from McMurtry's genius at narrative and story construction. What makes the film even better are the truly exceptional performances by the first rate cast, that includes Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Ulrich, and Anjelica Huston, and the great musical score, which won a well-deserved Emmy. This is the kind of film about the Old West that only comes along once in a blue moon, and lovers of Old West stories and movies (as well as real-life cowboys) watch it over and over. In my view, it ranks above even the classics of Western film, including Red River, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and Shane--and I love all of those films. Even though it is over six hours long, and technically a TV mini-series, it should be considered a great film.


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