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The Sacketts 

Not Rated | | Western | TV Mini-Series (1979)
After the Civil War, Tennessee brothers Orrin and Tyrel Sackett are herding cattle out West while Tell Sackett is prospecting for gold in the hills.

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Complete series cast summary:
Sam Elliott ...  Tell Sackett 2 episodes, 1979
Tom Selleck ...  Orrin Sackett 2 episodes, 1979
Jeff Osterhage ...  Tyrel Sackett 2 episodes, 1979
Glenn Ford ...  Tom Sunday 2 episodes, 1979
Ben Johnson ...  Cap Rountree 2 episodes, 1979
Gilbert Roland ...  Don Luis 2 episodes, 1979
John Vernon ...  Jonathan Pritts 2 episodes, 1979
Ruth Roman ...  Rosie 2 episodes, 1979
Jack Elam ...  Ira Bigelow 2 episodes, 1979
Gene Evans ...  Benson Bigelow 2 episodes, 1979
L.Q. Jones ...  Belden 2 episodes, 1979
Paul Koslo ...  Kid Newton 2 episodes, 1979
Mercedes McCambridge ...  Ma Sackett 2 episodes, 1979
Slim Pickens ...  Jack Bigelow 2 episodes, 1979
Louis L'Amour Louis L'Amour ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1979
Buck Taylor ...  Reed Carney 2 episodes, 1979
Pat Buttram ...  Tuthill 2 episodes, 1979
Shug Fisher ...  Purgatorie Barkeep 2 episodes, 1979
Ana Alicia ...  Drusilla 2 episodes, 1979
Lee de Broux ...  Simpson 2 episodes, 1979
James Gammon ...  Wes Bigelow 2 episodes, 1979
Marcy Hanson ...  Laura Pritts 2 episodes, 1979
Frank Ramírez Frank Ramírez ...  Juan Torres 2 episodes, 1979
Wendy Rastattar Wendy Rastattar ...  Ange Kerry 2 episodes, 1979
Henry Capps Henry Capps ...  Boyd 2 episodes, 1979
Ramon Chavez Ramon Chavez ...  Pete Romero 2 episodes, 1979
Don Collier ...  L.P. Seeker 2 episodes, 1979
Pam Earnhardt Pam Earnhardt ...  Mary 2 episodes, 1979
Bruce M. Fischer ...  Trapper 2 episodes, 1979
Richard Jamison Richard Jamison ...  Miner #1 2 episodes, 1979
Pat Mahoney Pat Mahoney ...  Purgatorie Customer 2 episodes, 1979
James O'Connell James O'Connell ...  Long Higgins 2 episodes, 1979
Ken Plonkey Ken Plonkey ...  Miner #2 2 episodes, 1979
Mark Wallace Mark Wallace ...  Teller 2 episodes, 1979
Malcolm Watt Malcolm Watt ...  Preacher 2 episodes, 1979
Mai Gray Mai Gray ...  The Harlot 2 episodes, 1979
Bill Hart ...  Rodale 2 episodes, 1979
Brian Libby ...  Durango 2 episodes, 1979
Kimo Owens Kimo Owens ...  Fetterson 2 episodes, 1979
Monique St. Pierre ...  Delilah 2 episodes, 1979
Tom Waters Tom Waters ...  Hobes 2 episodes, 1979


Two part television adaptation of Louis L'Amour's third novel in the Sackett series. The story follows the three Sackett brothers out west from their Tennessee home. Along the way, the oldest, Tell, prospects for gold, while the two younger Orin and Tye herd cattle and help bring order to a racially divided Santa Fe. Written by Mark Shelton <marks131@ix.netcom.com>

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Cited as "The Western of the Decade" by the experts who previewed it! See more »




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English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Louis L'Amour's The Sacketts See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck, and Jeff Osterhage had such a good time doing this project together, they reunited on another Louis L'Amour story, The Shadow Riders (1982). See more »


During the gunfight, when the man in the hayloft is shot, even though he is supposed to be dead, his leg is still bent even though it should have straightened out when he died. See more »

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3 November 2006 | by Jes BeardSee all my reviews

This COULD have been a very good film. Nice, strong themes running thru it, but none are really developed. Great cast, but it suffers from very weak direction and gaffs that are simply too serious to ignore.

Let's list just a few of the glaring mistakes in the film.

1) When the two younger Sacketts are traveling from Texas toward Santa Fe in the first part of the two part series, they are shown amid lots of saguaro cactus. Problem with this is that the saguaro cactus ONLY grows in the Sonoran desert, which is in Arizona, extreme southeast California and the northwest part of Mexico right below Arizona. No such cactus grown in Texas or in NE New Mexico where they were supposed to have been at the time. ANYONE spending any time in Arizona would know this, and anyone in New Mexico or Texas would know that cactus is not there.

2) The film was set in 1869 and the year or two before, but the rifles most of the men used in the film were Winchester repeating rifles that were not produced until 1870 and later. But that was a small error compared to the fact that the rifle only holds (I believe) 7 cartridges, though the movie had some of the characters firing about 15 rounds before needing to reload.

3) The climactic gunfight at the end of the movie is supposed to be set at "daybreak," though the shadows are all over the place, some of them clearly when the sun is on the horizon and then seconds later when the sun is nearly straight overhead and then back to on the horizon and then back to straight overhead.

4) That same climactic gunfight has the three Sackett brothers and a wounded friend facing off against the three Bigelow brothers and four hired gunmen... but the Sacketts kill eight of them. Only seven bad guys there, but the Sacketts kill eight.

Now, none of those errors are so serious as to destroy the film if the movie had otherwise been well-made and story lines developed and themes worked within it... but they were not. A terrible waste of some excellent acting talent.

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