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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.

Director:

Larry Elikann

Writer:

David Jacobs
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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

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Trivia

Dale Midkiff (Jock Ewing) later played Elvis Presley in Elvis and Me (1988). The film was based on the 1985 book of the same name by Priscilla Presley, who played Jenna Wade in Dallas (1978). See more »

Goofs

In 1951, it is mentioned that Garrison is not at Southfork as he enlisted to fight in the Korean War. However, Dallas: Home Again revealed that he faked his death in 1939 as he disapproved of Miss Ellie's marriage to Jock and that his family were unaware that he was still alive until he returned to Southfork in 1979. 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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Connections

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Star studded cast!
26 April 2020 | by benniemooreSee all my reviews

It was an absolute honor and a pleasure to be apart of such greatness! I had the privilege of standing next to these great men as young Benjamin Foster! I was a young man when this took place and had no idea of the magnitude such a series would carry. Being in the shadows of great men like Bill Duke, Dale Midkiff, and Grant Marshall was an amazing experience. I can only hope to continue in their steps!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1986 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Fort Worth, Texas, USA See more »

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Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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