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Dallas: The Early Years (1986)

Digger Barnes is furious when his friend Jock Ewing starts dating the love of his life Ellie Southworth. He is also convinced that Jock has cheated him out of his share in their oil fields. And so begins the decades long Barnes-Ewing feud.

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Larry Elikann

Writer:

David Jacobs
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Marshall Grant ... Willard 'Digger' Barnes
Dale Midkiff ... Jock Ewing
Molly Hagan ... Ellie
David Wilson ... Jason Ewing
Hoyt Axton ... Aaron Southworth
Larry Hagman ... J.R. Ewing
Bill Duke ... Seth Foster
Geoffrey Lewis ... Ed Porter
Diane Franklin ... Amanda
Marshall Thompson ... Dr. Ted Johnson
William Frankfather ... Newman
Wendel Meldrum ... Honey
Josef Rainer Josef Rainer ... Sam Culver (as Joe Rainer)
Marjie Rynearson Marjie Rynearson ... Barbara Southworth
Elizabeth Keifer ... Cherie Simmons
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Storyline

Prequel to the popular "Dallas" TV series focuses on the origins of the Ewing-Barnes feud during the 1930's. Larry Hagman provides the opening narration for the film. The story opens at a 1951 barbecue with "Digger" Barnes firing a shot at "Jock" Ewing. Immediately flashing back to the depression, the two men first meet in a boxcar as both are hoboing. Their original friendship is built on their desires to find oil. But their failings start as they both compete for the hand of the beautiful Miss Ellie. Jock is shown to be an honorable man caught up in a backlash. Digger is a neurotic, alcoholic with a gift for finding oil. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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The no holds barred story of the rise to power of the Ewing Dynasty

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dallas quand tout a commencé... See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Worth, Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place from 1933 to 1951. See more »

Goofs

One of the musicians playing at the 1951 Armistice Day party is playing an electric bass guitar. In 1951, electric basses were in their infancy and were not yet available to the public in quantity. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
J.R. Ewing: Well, I don't know how much help I can give you. Daddy didn't keep any records in the early years.
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Spun-off from Knots Landing (1979) See more »

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Was this flashback a dream?
24 May 2006 | by biglegal97See all my reviews

I always wondered that since "Dallas, The Early Years" came out during the Dallas season that was later learned to be Pam's dream, if perhaps this flashback movie was also a dream.

I thought this movie didn't focus a lot of attention on the actual occurrence of the Jock-Digger breakup. I was a little underwhelmed by that. Basically, it focused on Jock and Digger's 1933 partnership and them fighting with Newman and the townfolk. Jock meets Ellie, and then Digger basically fight because Jock takes away Digger's liquor, then they immediately flip a coin to decide Ewing Oil? It appears that Jock is going to give Digger his share and doesn't consider it binding. Then the movie goes away from that theme, focuses on Jock's very quick romance with Ellie. Then it cuts to Digger being unhappy and then back to 1951 with Digger talking about Jock badly (just like he did in the real "dallas" show). But they never really talk about Jock's alleged stealing of Ewing Oil from Digger in 1933. Nor does Digger ever confront Jock and Ellie about their romance back in 1933. It just shows Digger mad a Jock in '51, which just as easily could have been 1978.


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