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Bonanza: The Return (1993)

A man with a grudge against the late Little Joe seeks revenge on the Cartwrights and attempts to take over the Ponderosa.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Landon Jr. ...
Walter Fenster
David Sage ...
Miller Swanson
Stewart Moss ...
Preston McAdam
Augustus Brandenburg
Abigail 'Laredo' Stimmons
Judge Jefferson MacKenzie
Archie Lang ...
Dr. Green
Head Surveyor
Charles Gunning ...


A man with a grudge against the late Little Joe seeks revenge on the Cartwrights and attempts to take over the Ponderosa.

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28 November 1993 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


By the time this follow-up was made, three of the original stars, Lorne Green, Michael Landon and Dan Blocker were dead and surviving 'Cartwright' son ,Pernell Roberts, was not involved. However Michael Landons son (Michael Landon jnr.) stars as little Joe Cartwright's son and Dan Blocker's son Dirk, also appears, though not as a Cartwright. See more »


Near the end of the movie Augustus Brandenburg is shooting at the Cartwrights from the back car of his train. The gun he is using is a Browning M1911 .45ACP Designed in 1911 by John Browning. However the date for the events in the movie is clearly given as 1905 See more »


Benjamin 'Benj' Cartwright: It's a new country... a new world. Everything's changing.
Bronc Evans: Change, just for the sake of it, ain't always good.
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Follows Bonanza: The Next Generation (1988) See more »

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Bonanza: The Return
13 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Since I'm such a fan of Bonanza the TV show I flipped when I saw that there was a movie based on the series.I couldn't wait to watch it.After watching it I was extremely disappointed.How could you have Dirk Blocker play only a reporter & NOT the son of Hoss Cartwright??? What is up with that?! I also didn't like Alistair MacDougall as Adam Cartwright Jr.I don't really know what it was but he just didn't fit for me.Maybe it was the Australian accent? I found the movie to be way too corny & at times boring.When I 1st started watching I was expecting to LOVE this movie but as it went on, I was just wanting to turn it off.I think the only reason I watched it till the end was because I was such a fan of the show.If you're a fan of the show than you might be disappointed by this movie as well

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