The adventures of the Chisholm family as they travel west in 1844.




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1980   1979  




Complete series cast summary:
Rosemary Harris ...  Minerva Chisholm 13 episodes, 1979-1980
Ben Murphy ...  Will Chisholm 13 episodes, 1979-1980
James Van Patten ...  Bo Chisholm 13 episodes, 1979-1980
Susan Swift ...  Mercy Hopwell / ... 13 episodes, 1979-1980
Robert Preston ...  Hadley Chisholm 10 episodes, 1979-1980
Brett Cullen ...  Gideon Chisholm 9 episodes, 1980
Delta Burke ...  Bonnie Sue Chisholm 9 episodes, 1980
Victoria Racimo ...  Keewidinok 9 episodes, 1980
Reid Smith ...  Lester Hackett 9 episodes, 1980
Mitchell Ryan ...  Cooper Hawkins 9 episodes, 1980
Devon Ericson ...  Betsy O'Neal 6 episodes, 1980


After the Chisholm family were cheated out of their land in Virginia, they packed up everything and headed west to the Oregon Territory to set up a new life in the 1840s. It took two years for the Chisholms, led by patriarch Hadley and matriarch Minerva, to reach Oregon, along the way dealing with Indians, strife, family disagreements and rough travel. Written by Marty McKee <>

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Romance | Western







Release Date:

29 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chisholm Ailesi See more »

Filming Locations:

Illinois, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


| (4 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Master Ninja I (1992) See more »

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one of the best westerns i have ever seen.
14 October 2006 | by christinemcnamara484See all my reviews

i have been trying to buy this film for a long time i wonder if the makers are going to re-release it.i hired it from a video rental shop in the 80s and the owner offered to sell it to me but i didn't accept his offer which i was a great favourite when it was on television.i enjoyed it so much that when i got it from the rental shop i hired it at least once a week for about 8 was the best 3 hours entertainment i ever had everything in it, adventure,sadness, happiness and all the components of a good western.the acting was excellent and the choice of cast was brilliant.i will still keep looking in case they do decide to re-release this film.

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