Tales from the American West in the 19th century, told from the perspective of two families, one of white settlers and one of Native Americans.
2,161 ( 4)

On Disc

at Amazon

Comic-Con 2017: All Aboard the IMDboat


July 20 to 23, 2017

Get entertainment news, trailer drops, and photos with IMDb's coverage of 2017 San Diego Comic-Con featuring host and IMDboat captain Kevin Smith, including Saturday's live event.

Browse Our Guide to Comic-Con




Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 22 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Rescue 77 (TV Series 1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Follow the professional and personal lives of paramedics in Los Angeles, California.

Stars: Victor Browne, Christian Kane, Marjorie Monaghan
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

After returning to civilian life as a Texas rancher, Captain Lance Deakin fends off attacks from former members of his unit as he struggles to uncover the truth of what he did as a soldier ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Millhone
Stars: Riley Smith, Willa Ford, Barry Corbin
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Based on the real events of The Donner Party tragedy. The Donner Party was a group of California-bound American settlers caught up in the western expansion of the 1840s. After becoming ... See full summary »

Director: Terrence Martin
Stars: Crispin Glover, Clayne Crawford, Michele Santopietro
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

In the perfectly normal town of Louisville, KY, there is a perfectly normal man living the perfect life. David Dailey is a man who has it all: A great career, a community that adores him, ... See full summary »

Director: Stu Pollard
Stars: Gil Bellows, Jennifer Westfeldt, Christian Kane
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The life of a successful professional woman turns chaotic when her boyfriend accidentally reveals on TV a highly personal secret about her.

Director: Charles Matthau
Stars: Estella Warren, Christian Kane, Michael Weatherly
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The rise and fall of the Enron company, as seen from the perspective of employee Brian Cruver, based on his book.

Director: Penelope Spheeris
Stars: Christian Kane, Shannon Elizabeth, Cameron Bancroft
Hide (2008)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A modern day Bonnie and Clyde - with a twist - that follows two lovers down a path of destruction, mayhem, and murder as they live in a world where it is acceptable to take whatever they want with murderous consequences.

Director: K.C. Bascombe
Stars: Rachel Miner, Christian Kane, Polly Shannon
Comanche Moon (2008)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The adventures and love lives of young Texas Rangers Woodrow Call and Augustus McRae leading up to their retirement to the city of Lonesome Dove.

Stars: Steve Zahn, Ryan Merriman, Keith Robinson
Close to Home (2005–2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Close to Home is a legal drama that tears away the facade of suburbia to reveal that sometimes quiet and tranquil streets can hide the darkest of crimes. Annabeth Chase is a young, ... See full summary »

Stars: Jennifer Finnigan, Kimberly Elise, David James Elliott
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Timothy Hutton
Stars: Christian Kane, Silas Weir Mitchell, Drew Powell
Fame L.A. (1997–1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Updated version of the acclaimed show from the '80s, set in Los Angeles, and featuring a group of talented Performing Arts students being mentored by a seasoned acting coach.

Stars: Danny Wooten, William R. Moses, Heidi Lenhart
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

After being forced years before to abandon his wife and daughter, a man finds himself risking his life.

Director: Nick Stagliano
Stars: Robert Patrick, Hal Holbrook, Jared Acosta


Series cast summary:
Joseph M. Marshall ...
 Old Indian / ... (6 episodes, 2005)
 Margaret Light Shines Wheeler (4 episodes, 2005)
 Older Dog Star (4 episodes, 2005)
 Older Jacob Wheeler (4 episodes, 2005)
Ricardo Andres ...
 Artillery Major / ... (4 episodes, 2005)
 Thunder Heart Woman (3 episodes, 2005)
 Jacob Wheeler Jr. / ... (3 episodes, 2005)
 Clara Wheeler (3 episodes, 2005)
 Running Fox (3 episodes, 2005)
Sheila Tousey ...
 Older Thunder Heart Woman (3 episodes, 2005)
 Older Running Fox (3 episodes, 2005)
 Jacob Wheeler (3 episodes, 2005)
 Dog Star (3 episodes, 2005)
 Jethro Wheeler (3 episodes, 2005)
 Red Cloud (3 episodes, 2005)
 White Crow (3 episodes, 2005)
Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse ...
 Sleeping Bear (3 episodes, 2005)
 Bluebird / ... (3 episodes, 2005)
 Ethan Biggs (2 episodes, 2005)
 Loved by The Buffalo / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
 Robert Wheeler (2 episodes, 2005)
 Sitting Bull (2 episodes, 2005)
 General George Armstrong Custer (2 episodes, 2005)
 Abe Wheeler / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
 Older Red Lance (2 episodes, 2005)
 Crazy Horse (2 episodes, 2005)
Sage Galesi ...
 Margaret Light Shines / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
 Ezra / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
 Enoch Wheeler (2 episodes, 2005)
Maureen Thomas ...
 Margaret Wheeler (2 episodes, 2005)
 Jacob Wheeler Jr. / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
Benjamin Smoke ...
 Abraham High Wolf / ... (2 episodes, 2005)
Morris Birdyellowhead ...
 Good Shield (2 episodes, 2005)
Summer Rae Birdyellowhead ...
 Margaret Light Shines Wheeler, 8 yrs / ... (2 episodes, 2005)


An epic tale of two figures during the American colonization of the west, one white and the other Native American. Jacob Wheeler leaves his dull life behind to strike out west, while Loved By the Buffalo faces his destiny to try to fight a prophecy that his people will be wiped out by the settlers. Jacob marries Loved By the Buffalo's sister Thunder Heart Woman, uniting the two families while around them relations between the two races crumble. Written by rmlohner

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:





Release Date:

10 June 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

In den Westen  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(6 parts)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The title of the series is also the title of the Oscar-winning original song by Annie Lennox, Fran Walsh and Howard Shore, which features in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). In that film Sean Astin', who plays 'Martin Jarrett' here, stars as 'Samwise Gamgee'. See more »


Burnt by the Sun: [Naomi chants nursery rhymes to avoid going to bed with Praire Fire as the Cheyenne look on in confusion] He believes you channel evil spirits with these rhymes.
Naomi Wheeler: More like keeping evil spirits away...
Naomi Wheeler: [Looks at Praire Fire]
Naomi Wheeler: Old Mother Hubbard went to her cupboard to fetch her poor dog a bone, But when she got there her cupboard was bare, So the poor dog had none.
See more »


Featured in 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

How to win a west, in six easy episodes
27 December 2005 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

To tell the story of the "West" you have to cover a period as long as the life of one man, but no one person ever experienced everything. Instead this mini series tells the story of a family. Some reviews have said two families, one The Wheelers, Wheelrights from West Virginia and the Lokato Indians, but they are related marriage.

The problem with telling the story of the West is that most of time it was grueling hardship, and not exciting action. What was recorded in people's letters and journals were these simple hard facts of life, while the myth makers, story tellers and newsmen made the west something it never was.

So since "Dances with Wolves" historical westerns tend towards the slower pace of life of the time. Of course this is accompanied by sweeping panoramic camera shots and a stirring sound track.

It starts by telling the story in two ways, one from the point of view of "The White Man" and other in terms of dreams and mysticism of the Indian people. But it doesn't go behind the facade of Indian story telling methodology or stay true to that methodology.

It all adds up to slightly disappointing tale, yet one that manages for maybe the first time I know of, to personalize much of the story that made up "The West". From the trail blazers, to the cover wagons of the first settlers, to Californian gold rush, building the railroad, and of course the Indian wars and massacres.

This is perhaps a goal so high, that if the film makers failed to hit their mark, the achievement is still of note.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: