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"Lonesome Dove" On the Trail (1989)

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Lonesome Dove: Season 1: Episode 2 -- "ON THE TRAIL" A deadly pursuit on the plains pits Gus (Robert Duvall) against a sadistic renegade named Blue Duck (Frederic Forrest).


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Writers (WGA):
Larry McMurtry (novel)
William D. Wittliff (teleplay)
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Original Air Date:
6 February 1989 (Season 1, Episode 2)
With the loss of Sean O'Brien, the cook refuses to cross the river and Woodrow and Gus find themselves... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Robert Duvall ... Augustus 'Gus' McCrae

Tommy Lee Jones ... Woodrow F. Call

Danny Glover ... Joshua Deets

Diane Lane ... Lorena Wood

Robert Urich ... Jake Spoon

Frederic Forrest ... Blue Duck

D.B. Sweeney ... Dish Boggett

Ricky Schroder ... Newt Dobbs

Anjelica Huston ... Clara Allen (credit only)

Chris Cooper ... July Johnson
Timothy Scott ... Pea Eye Parker (as Tim Scott)

Glenne Headly ... Elmira Boot Johnson

Barry Corbin ... Roscoe Brown

William Sanderson ... Lippy Jones

Barry Tubb ... Jasper Fant

Gavan O'Herlihy ... Dan Suggs (as Gavin O'Herlihy)

Steve Buscemi ... Luke
Frederick Coffin ... Big Zwey
Travis Swords ... Allan O'Brien
Kevin O'Morrison ... Doctor
Ron Weyand ... Old Hugh (credit only)
Robert Donley ... Old Sam

Matthew Cowles ... Monkey John
David Ode ... Dog Face

Nina Siemaszko ... Janey

David Carpenter ... Needle Nelson
Lanny Flaherty ... Soupy Jones
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ... Po Campo (as Jorge Martinez de Hoyos)

O-Lan Jones ... Sally Skull (as Olan Jones)
James McMurtry ... Jimmy Rainey
Charlie Haynie ... Ben Rainey (as Charlie Hainie)

Jimmy Ray Pickens ... Bill Spettle (as Jimmy Pickens)
James Terry McIlvain ... Cowboy (as Terry McIlvain)
Jerry Biggs ... Roy Suggs
Sean Hennigan ... Eddie Suggs

Julius Tennon ... Frog Lip

Paul James Vasquez ... Buffalo Hunter
Adam Faraizl ... Joe Boot

Brandon Smith ... Bartender

Jordan Lund ... Hutto
Matthew Posey ... Jim #1

León Singer ... Bolivar (as Leon Singer)

Bradley Gregg ... Sean O'Brien

Sonny Carl Davis ... Bert Borum
Gene Sovo ... Ermoke

Episode Crew
Directed by
Simon Wincer 
Writing credits
Larry McMurtry (novel)

William D. Wittliff (teleplay) (as Bill Wittliff)

Produced by
Suzanne De Passe .... executive producer (as Suzanne de Passe)
Robert Halmi Jr. .... co-executive producer
Dyson Lovell .... producer
Michael Weisbarth .... supervising producer
William D. Wittliff .... executive producer (as Bill Wittliff)
Original Music by
Basil Poledouris 
Cinematography by
Douglas Milsome (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Corky Ehlers 
Casting by
Lynn Kressel 
Production Design by
Cary White 
Set Decoration by
Michael J. Sullivan  (as Michael Sullivan)
Costume Design by
Van Broughton Ramsey 
Makeup Department
Manlio Rocchetti .... hair supervisor
Manlio Rocchetti .... make-up supervisor
Production Management
Dick Gallegly .... production manager
Adam Merims .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Bearson .... second assistant director
Robert Rooy .... first assistant director
Dean Semler .... second unit director
Art Department
Jay Raymond .... set dresser
Eric A. Williams .... property master (as Eric Williams)
John R. Helton .... painter (uncredited)
Michael Peal .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Joe Self .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ed Vega .... key scenic (uncredited)
Patrick Welsome .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
David Wilt .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
James L. Aicholtz .... sound re-recording mixer (as James L. Alcholtz)
Michael Herbick .... sound re-recording mixer
Donald F. Johnson .... sound mixer (as Don Johnson)
Joe Melody .... supervising sound editor
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Stephen Grubbs .... sound editor (uncredited)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunt coordinator (as Bill Burton)
Steve M. Davison .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Danny Eccleston .... gaffer (as Daniel Eccleston)
Rusty Edmonson .... lighting technician
Gary Jay .... first assistant camera
David McGill .... assistant camera
Tony Poston .... key grip
Don Reddy .... camera operator
Dean Semler .... director of photography: second unit
Casting Department
Liz Keigley .... casting: Texas
Stacey Rhodes .... extras casting (as Stacy Resch)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Thomas .... wardrobe supervisor
Laurie Rudd .... costume draper/seamstress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Terry Blythe .... assistant editor
Ruben R. Munoz .... post-production
Ron Nichols .... colorist: digital remastering
Music Department
Jamie Forester .... music editor (as Jamie Gelb)
Tom Villano .... music editor
Steve Jamerson .... music scoring assistant (uncredited)
Transportation Department
John Orlebeck .... transportation captain
Nick W. Pastrano .... driver: motor home
Dave Hannah .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Marlene Bergman .... title designer
George Corsillo .... title designer: main title
Jill Lopez .... production coordinator
Jimmy Medearis .... head wrangler (as Jimmy Meaderis)
Sharon Medearis .... head wrangler (as Sharon Meaderis)
Charles Montoya .... production assistant
Bill Poague .... key set production assistant
Cynthia Upstill .... script supervisor
Ellen Marie Blum .... location asst (uncredited)
Lewis Meador .... wrangler (uncredited)
Paula Randol-Smith .... production assistant (uncredited)
Arthur Anderson .... special thanks
Vinette Bond .... special thanks
Jerry G. Callaway .... special thanks (as Jerry Callaway)
Mary Lee Copeland .... special thanks
John Frick .... special thanks
Holly Gent Palmo .... special thanks (as Holly Gent)
John Gibson .... special thanks
Ira Halberstadt .... special thanks
Nikol Hegarty .... special thanks
Lionel LaVallee .... special thanks
Dan Martin .... special thanks
Dennis Milliken .... special thanks
Willie Nelson .... the producers wish to thank
Janie Nino .... special thanks
Candace Suerstedt .... special thanks (as Candace Suerstedt Rehmet)
Byron Thomas .... special thanks
Henry Tirl .... special thanks
Connie Todd .... special thanks
Brad Wilson .... special thanks
Series Cast
These people are regular cast members. Were they in this episode?

Joel Palmer ... Luke Wyatt

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Art Direction by
John Frick (uncredited)
Production Management
Ruben R. Munoz .... post-production supervisor
Larry Sherwood .... electronic post-production supervisor
Joel Hatch .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Candace Suerstedt .... second assistant director
Art Department
Catherine Davis .... assistant property master
Catherine Davis .... property master
Neale Joudrie .... property wrangler
Amy Morrison .... scenic artist
John Huke .... special art projects (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Robert A. Sturtevant .... special effects technician
Lyn Caudle .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jesse Silver .... matte artist
Jesse Silver .... special visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Jeffrey R. Clark .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Glenn Dunn .... electrician (uncredited)
William 'Bear' Paul .... second key grip (uncredited)
David Sanderson .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
John Sheeren .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit (uncredited)
Steve Spallone .... best boy electric (uncredited)
Henry Tirl .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Celeste Gose .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Neale Joudrie .... wardrobe
Cheri Reed .... costumer
Annette Hoffman .... key set costumer (uncredited)
Music Department
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Tim Boyle .... score mixer (uncredited)
John Rotondi .... scoring engineer: Y4 (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Lee Stepp .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Other crew
Brad Wilson .... assistant: Robert Duvall
Anne Carr .... craft service (uncredited)
Michael Dellheim .... location manager (uncredited)
Tom Goodman .... wrangler (uncredited)
Kathryn Korniloff .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Anne Wilson .... key assistant production accountant (uncredited)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Continuity: When Gus rides into the camp and tells them that "Blue Duck is in the area", Pea Eye is sitting down in the background eating with his hat sitting on the ground next to him. He doesn't grab it when he stands up, but when the camera angle changes and he is standing, he is now wearing his hat.See more »
Monkey John:[Blue Duck has shot an Indian that disagreed with him] Life is cheap up here on the Canadian.
Blue Duck:It's apt to get a lot cheaper. Let's gamble.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
"These lives are lost for good, son", 21 December 2012
Author: chaos-rampant from Greece

The saga continues north. The first episode was a broad , leisurely weave, like sitting around with the boys. This one is for the most part a revenge western, more anxious and violent, life is really not worth a damn on godless plains like these, it just blows this way and that with the sand. The focus is on Gus as he trails after kidnapped Lorie and an old enemy.

A pattern begins to emerge; the different strands of plot are obviously going to converge ahead in Oglalla, but in the meantime, we are given different shrapnels of broken lives to contemplate.

Women are the narrative center, this is nice to see in a western. Everything is threaded around lust for them, love, memory.

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