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Dead Man's Walk 

PG-13 | | Western | TV Mini-Series (1996)
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In this prequel to "Lonesome Dove", two young men join the Texas Rangers unit that's on a mission to annex Santa Fe.




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Series cast summary:
 Caleb Cobb 3 episodes, 1996
Patricia Childress ...
 Matilda Jane 3 episodes, 1996
 Buffalo Hump 3 episodes, 1996
 Shadrach 3 episodes, 1996
 Kicking Wolf 3 episodes, 1996
Hugo Urrutia ...
 San Sabe Jefe / ... 3 episodes, 1996
 Wesley Buttons 3 episodes, 1996
Matt Davison ...
 Jackie / ... 3 episodes, 1996
Molly McClure ...
 Old Lady in Austin 3 episodes, 1996
 Jimmy Tweed 2 episodes, 1996
Victor Aaron ...
 Clara's father 2 episodes, 1996
Manuel Calderon ...
 General Dimasio 2 episodes, 1996
Eula Doonkeen ...
 Buffalo Hump's grandmother 2 episodes, 1996
Gary Fuentes ...
 Salazar's army man 2 episodes, 1996
 Sam Douglas 2 episodes, 1996
Toby Metcalf ...
 Blackie Sdel / ... 2 episodes, 1996
Eugene Montes ...
 Joe / ... 2 episodes, 1996
Clemente Navarette ...
 Old Man / ... 2 episodes, 1996
Kerry Wallum ...
Robert Whipple ...
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Rutherford Cravens ...
 Elihu / ... 2 episodes, 1996
 Joe Nibbs 2 episodes, 1996
 General Lloyd 2 episodes, 1996
 Clara Forsythe 2 episodes, 1996


In this prequel to "Lonesome Dove", two young men join the Texas Rangers unit that's on a mission to annex Santa Fe.

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Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements involving the frontier experience | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 May 1996 (USA)  »

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Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk  »

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Did You Know?


While most of the characters in this are fictional, William "Bigfoot" Wallace was a real person, he is one of the most famous real life Texas Rangers. In real life he survived the "Black Bean Incident" and went on to command his own unit of Texas Rangers. He later participated in the Mexican-American War Battle of Monterrey and the Comanche Wars. During the Civil War he helped defend the Texan frontier against Comanche attacks. He actually survived all these battles and died of natural causes in 1899 at the age of 82. See more »


There are several firearms throughout the mini-series that should not be there as they didn't exist at the time. Bigfoot Wallace was using a Remington model 1858 rifle, but as the model name indicates that rifle was not available until 1858, Dead Man's Walk takes place in 1842. Several people, including Captain Salazar and Gus, are seen using Colt Walker revolvers, but they were not available until 1847. See more »


Long Bill Coleman: If i eat another plate of beans, I'll float back to Austin.
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Follows Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years (1995) See more »

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Thrilling Adaptation of Larry McMurtry book
25 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is a great adaptation of the Larry McMurtry novel. The script follows the novel very closely, which is the number one requirement of any film adaptation of McMurtry's work. McMurtry's dialogue compels readers to fall in love with the characters, so it must be preserved. David Arquette and Jonny Lee Miller are very believable as young versions of Gus McCrae and Woodrow McCall. Arquette has even picked up some of the physical mannerisms that Robert Duvall used earlier in Lonesome Dove. Patricia Childress really captures the role of the tender-hearted young prostitute Mattie Roberts. Eric Schweig is chilling as the dangerous Comanche Chief Buffalo Hump, and the stunt work by Judson Keith Linn when doubling for Schweig is fantastic. The sequence where he rides down one of the Texas Rangers and scalps him from horseback is thrilling and terrifying. An equally terrifying nighttime sequence involves Buffalo Hump chasing down Gus on foot during a lightning storm and spearing him with his lance. The cast is full of noted character actors including Brian Dennehy, Keith Carradine, Harry Dean Stanton, F. Murray Abraham, and Edward James Olmos. Olmos is particularly effective as Mexican Army Captain Salazar. I love this mini-series, but it should not be compared to Lonesome Dove. Every adaptation of McMurtry books is different, using different casts, etc. Don't compare them, just enjoy them!

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