An aging cowboy must choose between his desire to remain free and the responsibilities of maintaining a family.

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Hewey Calloway
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Walter Calloway
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Eve Calloway
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Tarnell
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C.C. Tarpley
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Fat Gervin
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Cotton Calloway
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Tommy Calloway
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City Marshall
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Blue Hannigan
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Alvin Lawdermilk (as Richard Jones)
Karen Jones ...
Cora Lawdermilk
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Florence
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Betsey
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An aging cowboy must choose between his desire to remain free and the responsibilities of maintaining a family.

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Tommy Lee Jones's second western for television, after Lonesome Dove (1989). Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard appeared together again later the same year in Streets of Laredo (1995), the sequel to Lonesome Dove. See more »

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Hewey Calloway: Tommy, I ain't never been killed in my life.
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Featured in The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1995) See more »

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Well worth watching
17 May 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perhaps I liked this movie because it reminded me very much of my father and mother. My father was an itinerent cowboy and a championship rodeo rider in the early part of the 20th Century just like the role Tommy Lee Jones played as Hewey Callaway. And he had a side kick much like Sam Shepard's character Tarnell. My father met a lady like Sissy Spacek when he was 31 and married her. Tarnell also got married but he was killed in a rodeo two years later and my father gave up rodeo riding.

Life was very much like in the movie in those days. You found people that would go out of their way to help others and the bankers in the movie were typical of bankers in those days, mean as hell.

The acting in the movie was excellent. Everyone in the movie played roles that were very typical in those days and they did a good job of it. The only gripe I have with the movie is that the ending was unreal. I won't give it away but I have known many cowboys but I never knew one that didn't want to settle down.

One of the funniest scenes in the movie was when the outhouse was knocked down with the grandmother in it. That was a common prank in those days, to knock over an outhouse. The grandmother was a pistol. I knew old women just like her.

The author either had some experience or he really did a great job of research because the story (except for the ending) accurately depicted conditions in those days.


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