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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 16 wins & 17 nominations See more »
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Ambitious, close-to-legendary TV epic based on Larry McMurtrey's sprawling, episodic novel, a worthy cousin to "Giant." See more (188 total) »


 (Series Cast [40])

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 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)
Series Production Management
Dick Gallegly .... production manager (4 episodes, 1989)
Adam Merims .... assistant production manager (4 episodes, 1989)
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)
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)
Robert A. Sturtevant .... carpenter (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)
Christopher Windisch .... carpenter (2 episodes, 1989)
Series Sound Department
James L. Aicholtz .... sound re-recording mixer (4 episodes, 1989)
Kay Colvin .... utility sound technician (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
Jack 'Deuce' Bennett II .... special effects foreman (4 episodes, 1989)
Jack Bennett .... special effects coordinator (4 episodes, 1989)
Robert A. Sturtevant .... special effects assistant (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Stunts
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunt coordinator (4 episodes, 1989)
Marty Chiefcalf .... stunts (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)
Series Casting Department
Liz Keigley .... casting: Texas (4 episodes, 1989)
Stacey Rhodes .... extras casting (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cheri Reed .... costumer (4 episodes, 1989)
Laurie Rudd .... costume draper/seamstress (4 episodes, 1989)
Joan Thomas .... wardrobe supervisor (3 episodes, 1989)
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)
Larry Sherwood .... Electronic Post Supervisor (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)
Series Transportation Department
Dave Hannah .... driver (4 episodes, 1989)
John Orlebeck .... transportation captain (4 episodes, 1989)
Series Other crew
Marlene Bergman .... title designer (4 episodes, 1989)
Ellen Marie Blum .... location asst (4 episodes, 1989)
Anne Carr .... key craft service / key set medic (4 episodes, 1989)
George Corsillo .... title designer: main title (4 episodes, 1989)
Jill Lopez .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 1989)
Elizabeth Lisa Marroquin .... assistant production office coordinator: pre-production (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)
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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The set of San Antonio street, at the Alamo, is the set built for Alamo: The Price of Freedom (1988). It was designed by Roger Ragland.See more »
Miscellaneous: 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 »
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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77 out of 83 people found the following review useful.
Ambitious, close-to-legendary TV epic based on Larry McMurtrey's sprawling, episodic novel, a worthy cousin to "Giant.", 13 May 2001
Author: gbrumburgh ( from Los Angeles, California

Little did I realize when I picked up the videotape of `Lonesome Dove' that I would be pitching a tent myself, camped out in front of the tube for most of my Saturday (6 hours, not including pauses for bathroom breaks, meals, letting the dog out, etc.). It certainly rearranged all my weekend priorities, but it was well worth the sacrifice after all the hoopola I've heard regarding this movie. It is a must experience.

Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones top-line an outstanding cast in this epic-proportioned western which should have been worthy of a cinematic release for it captures beautifully the look, the feel and the time of the Old West as never before.

In a nutshell, it relates the tale of two former Texas Rangers, Woodrow Call (Jones) and Gus McCrae (Duvall), both getting on in years, who manage a dusty but comfortable living running a cattle company just outside rundown Lonesome Dove, Texas. A third ranger, Jake Spoon (Robert Urich), returns from up north, on the lam for an accidental murder, and perks Woodrow's interest in being the first to take a herd into the mostly unsettled northern region of Montana, while laying claim to an area considered `perfect cattle territory.' He convinces relaxed old-timer Gus, who is content these days with a bottle of whiskey and a whore, to join him for one last thrill to recapture their old "Texas Ranger" glory days and shake up their too sedentary lives.

Re-stealing horses and a herd from Mexican bandidos, they sign on a team of men to undertake the arduous journey eventually braving about every type of adversity imaginable. When it's not windstorms and snake-infested waters threatening life, limb and livestock, they have murderous horse thieves and vengeful Indians to contend with.

What makes `Lonesome Dove' stand out proudly is not only its rich, panoramic beauty and intriguing story-lines, but its caring, sharply-defineated characters that keep this six-hour plus movie from ever wandering off. These are people you become fascinated with; people that you want to know as much as you can about – even minor characters stay with you here, such as the desponding, thick-accented bar-owner who carries the torch for one of his whores, or the spiritual cook who passes out whittled amulet-like carvings to the cattle team. When asked why he doesn't ride horses, he simply responds, `We are all animals. How would you like it if someone rode on you?'

An intricate, finely-tuned subplot weaves in and out of the main Woodrow/Gus narrative. A northern sheriff July Johnson (Chris Cooper), accompanied by his stepson, reluctantly takes off to Texas after Jake Spoon for the accidental murder of the town's mayor, but gets sidetracked halfway when he learns his new wife Elmira (Glenne Headley) has abandoned him and the boy in her obsession to find the no-account man she left behind.

The acting is superb all around, especially by those mentioned above. They give this movie such heart and scope. Also contributing greatly are Diane Lane as the town whore who seeks a better life; earnest Ricky Schroeder as the youngest member of the team whose family tree is questioned; Danny Glover, the wise and dedicated team scout; Barry Corbin as the slow-thinking undersheriff; Frederic Forrest as the murderous redskin Blue Duck; Angelica Huston as Duvall's kind-hearted former flame; Steve Buscemi and Frederick Coffin as a pair of lusty lowlifes; Nina Siemaszko as a scrappy backwoods waif, and others too numerous to name. But Tommy Lee Jones and, especially, Robert Duvall are the heart and soul of this piece. They limn characters so fascinating and complete, they just stand apart from the rest. Gus McCrae, in particular, will be remembered as one of Duvall's proudest creations.

So, if you are into all-day campouts that will make you feel you yourself have been on a trek, `Lonesome Dove' is your ticket. It is wondrous entertainment that now lies in the miniseries Hall of Fame along with "Roots."

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