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"Lonesome Dove" (1989) More at IMDbPro »TV mini-series 1989-

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Lonesome Dove: Season 1: Episode 4 -- "RETURN" A tragedy in the Montana Territory exacts a painful promise from Call (Tommy Lee Jones) that takes him on a haunting mission back to Texas.
Lonesome Dove: Season 1: Episode 3 -- "THE PLAINS" Off the trail, Jake (Robert Urich) falls in with bad company, while Gus (Robert Duvall) shares a bittersweet reunion with an old flame (Anjelica Huston).
Lonesome Dove: Season 1: Episode 2 -- "ON THE TRAIL" A deadly pursuit on the plains pits Gus (Robert Duvall) against a sadistic renegade named Blue Duck (Frederic Forrest).
Lonesome Dove: Season 1: Episode 1 -- "LEAVING" Larry McMurtry's saga opens with two former Texas Rangers (Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones) beginning a cattle drive to Montana.
Lonesome Dove: :  -- US Home Video Trailer from Hallmark


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Release Date:
5 February 1989 (USA) See more »
Epic story about two former Texas rangers who decide to move cattle from the south to Montana. Augustus... See more »
Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 15 wins & 17 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 40 of 44)

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 ... Allan O'Brien (4 episodes, 1989)
Kevin O'Morrison ... Doctor (4 episodes, 1989)
Ron Weyand ... Old Hugh (4 episodes, 1989)
Lanny Flaherty ... Soupy Jones (4 episodes, 1989)

David Carpenter ... Needle Nelson (4 episodes, 1989)
James McMurtry ... Jimmy Rainey (4 episodes, 1989)
Charlie Haynie ... Ben Rainey (4 episodes, 1989)
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 ... Bob Allen (2 episodes, 1989)
Jerry Biggs ... Roy Suggs (2 episodes, 1989)

Missy Crider ... Sally Allen (2 episodes, 1989)
Sean Hennigan ... Eddie Suggs (2 episodes, 1989)
Lauren Stanley ... Betsy Allen (2 episodes, 1989)

Julius Tennon ... Frog Lip (2 episodes, 1989)
Jack Caffrey ... Cholo (2 episodes, 1989)
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)

Series Directed by
Simon Wincer (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Writing credits
Larry McMurtry (4 episodes, 1989)
William D. Wittliff (4 episodes, 1989)

Series Produced by
Suzanne De Passe .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1989)
Robert Halmi Jr. .... co-executive producer (4 episodes, 1989)
Dyson Lovell .... producer (4 episodes, 1989)
Michael Weisbarth .... supervising producer (4 episodes, 1989)
William D. Wittliff .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Original Music by
Basil Poledouris (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Cinematography by
Douglas Milsome (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Film Editing by
Corky Ehlers (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Casting by
Lynn Kressel (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Production Design by
Cary White (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Art Direction by
John Frick (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Michael J. Sullivan (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Costume Design by
Van Broughton Ramsey (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Makeup Department
Manlio Rocchetti .... hair supervisor / make-up supervisor / ... (4 episodes, 1989)

Jean Ann Black .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Dick Gallegly .... production manager (4 episodes, 1989)
Adam Merims .... assistant production manager (4 episodes, 1989)

Joel Hatch .... production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Ruben R. Munoz .... post-production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Larry Sherwood .... electronic post-production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Bearson .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1989)
Robert Rooy .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1989)
Dean Semler .... second unit director (4 episodes, 1989)

Candace Suerstedt .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
John R. Helton .... painter (4 episodes, 1989)
Michael Peal .... storyboard artist (4 episodes, 1989)
Jay Raymond .... set dresser (4 episodes, 1989)
Joe Self .... set dresser (4 episodes, 1989)
Ed Vega .... key scenic (4 episodes, 1989)
Patrick Welsome .... construction coordinator (4 episodes, 1989)
Eric A. Williams .... property master (4 episodes, 1989)
David Wilt .... construction foreman (4 episodes, 1989)

Catherine Davis .... assistant property master / property master (unknown episodes)
John Huke .... special art projects (unknown episodes)
Neale Joudrie .... property wrangler (unknown episodes)
Amy Morrison .... scenic artist (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
James L. Aicholtz .... sound re-recording mixer (4 episodes, 1989)
Michael Herbick .... sound re-recording mixer (4 episodes, 1989)
Donald F. Johnson .... sound mixer (4 episodes, 1989)
Joe Melody .... supervising sound editor (4 episodes, 1989)
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer (4 episodes, 1989)
Stephen Grubbs .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1989)
Series Special Effects by
Lyn Caudle .... special effects assistant (unknown episodes)
Robert A. Sturtevant .... special effects technician (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Jesse Silver .... matte artist / special visual effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunt coordinator (4 episodes, 1989)
Steve M. Davison .... stunt performer (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Danny Eccleston .... gaffer (4 episodes, 1989)
Rusty Edmonson .... lighting technician (4 episodes, 1989)
Gary Jay .... first assistant camera (4 episodes, 1989)
David McGill .... assistant camera (4 episodes, 1989)
Tony Poston .... key grip (4 episodes, 1989)
Don Reddy .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1989)
Dean Semler .... director of photography: second unit (4 episodes, 1989)

Jeffrey R. Clark .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Glenn Dunn .... electrician (unknown episodes)
William 'Bear' Paul .... second key grip (unknown episodes)
David Sanderson .... second assistant camera (unknown episodes)
John Sheeren .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit (unknown episodes)
Steve Spallone .... best boy electric (unknown episodes)
Henry Tirl .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Liz Keigley .... casting: Texas (4 episodes, 1989)
Stacey Rhodes .... extras casting (4 episodes, 1989)

Celeste Gose .... extras casting (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Laurie Rudd .... costume draper/seamstress (4 episodes, 1989)
Joan Thomas .... wardrobe supervisor (3 episodes, 1989)

Annette Hoffman .... key set costumer (unknown episodes)
Neale Joudrie .... wardrobe (unknown episodes)
Cheri Reed .... costumer (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Terry Blythe .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 1989)
Ruben R. Munoz .... post-production (4 episodes, 1989)
Ron Nichols .... colorist: digital remastering (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Music Department
Jamie Forester .... music editor (4 episodes, 1989)
Steve Jamerson .... music scoring assistant (4 episodes, 1989)
Tom Villano .... music editor (4 episodes, 1989)

Tim Boyle .... score mixer (unknown episodes)
John Rotondi .... scoring engineer: Y4 (unknown episodes)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Dave Hannah .... driver (4 episodes, 1989)
John Orlebeck .... transportation captain (4 episodes, 1989)

Lee Stepp .... driver: cast (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Marlene Bergman .... title designer (4 episodes, 1989)
George Corsillo .... title designer: main title (4 episodes, 1989)
Jill Lopez .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 1989)
Lewis Meador .... wrangler (4 episodes, 1989)
Jimmy Medearis .... head wrangler (4 episodes, 1989)
Sharon Medearis .... head wrangler (4 episodes, 1989)
Charles Montoya .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1989)
Bill Poague .... key set production assistant (4 episodes, 1989)
Paula Randol-Smith .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1989)
Cynthia Upstill .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1989)

Anne Carr .... craft service (unknown episodes)
Michael Dellheim .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Tom Goodman .... wrangler (unknown episodes)
Kathryn Korniloff .... assistant production accountant (unknown episodes)
Anne Wilson .... key assistant production accountant (unknown episodes)
Brad Wilson .... assistant: Robert Duvall (unknown episodes)
Series Thanks
Arthur Anderson .... special thanks (4 episodes, 1989)
Vinette Bond .... special thanks (4 episodes, 1989)
Jerry G. Callaway .... special thanks (4 episodes, 1989)
Mary Lee Copeland .... special thanks (4 episodes, 1989)
John Frick .... special thanks (4 episodes, 1989)
Holly Gent Palmo .... special thanks (4 episodes, 1989)
John Gibson .... special thanks (4 episodes, 1989)
Ira Halberstadt .... special thanks (4 episodes, 1989)
Nikol Hegarty .... special thanks (4 episodes, 1989)
Lionel LaVallee .... special thanks (4 episodes, 1989)
Dan Martin .... special thanks (4 episodes, 1989)
Dennis Milliken .... special thanks (4 episodes, 1989)
Willie Nelson .... the producers wish to thank (4 episodes, 1989)
Janie Nino .... special thanks (4 episodes, 1989)
Candace Suerstedt .... special thanks (4 episodes, 1989)
Byron Thomas .... special thanks (4 episodes, 1989)
Henry Tirl .... special thanks (4 episodes, 1989)
Connie Todd .... special thanks (4 episodes, 1989)
Brad Wilson .... special thanks (4 episodes, 1989)
Crew believed to be complete

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384 min | Brazil:145 min (video version)
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Did You Know?

The 1847 Walker Colt carried by Gus in the film is as ubiquitously iconic as the Texas Rangers. It was designed by Samuel Colt and produced at his Paterson, NJ, factory at the behest of Texas Ranger and militia Capt. Samuel Walker. The pistol is enormous--16 inches long with a nine-inch barrel and when loaded weighs almost five pounds. It owes this size to its intended use as a heavy cavalry pistol, meant not to be worn on the belt but carried in a saddle-mounted holster and powerful enough at short range to have one-shot stopping power against both man and horse. The long cylinder holds a .44-cal. bullet on top of 60 grains of black powder, making it the most powerful black-powder revolver ever made. Modern tests have shown the Walker to have stopping power at least equal to the metal-cartridge .357 Magnum. However, the cylinders issued with the Walker initially were not strong enough to handle the combination of such a large powder charge, and improper loading of conical rounds caused the guns to acquire a reputation for its cylinders exploding during firing. The later Colt Dragoon pistol received improvements in its design, with a slight downsizing of the gun overall and it being equipped with thicker-walled cylinders. Only about 1100 Walkers were produced, 1000 for Capt. Walker's order and another 100 added by Sam Colt for special gift and promotional guns.See more »
Continuity: During a conversation in which Gus is lecturing Woodrow on his previous treatment of Maggie, both Gus and Woodrow state that Maggie died in Lonesome Dove. However, in the prequel, "Comanche Moon", Maggie is shown dying in Austin, Texas, before Gus and Woodrow decide to move to Lonesome Dove.See more »
Gus McCrae:[to Jake about his riding with the Suggs] A man that will go along with five killin's is taking his leaving awful slow.See more »
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45 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
The Greatest Western of All Time, 6 March 2001
Author: Mac ( from Searcy, Arkansas

Larry McMurtry's wonderful story is beautifully and amazingly brought to the screen by director Simon Wincer. It assembles together one of the best casts in movie history. Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones are nearly perfect. Duvall has been quoted as saying that Gus McCrae was his favorite character he ever played. He is certainly mine. Angelica Huston is the perfect person to play Clara. It is almost like Larry McMurtry had some of these actors and actresses in mind when he wrote his novel. The only exception is Frederic Forrest as Blue Duck. He does a fine job with what he's got, but the man just isn't big enough or scary enough for this role. The story is incredible. The scenery is beautiful. Lonesome Dove is, in my opinion, the best western ever made. A definite must see for everyone.

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