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Lonesome Dove 

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Two former Texas Rangers renew their spirit of adventure as they and several other residents of a small Texas town join a cattle drive to the Montana Territory.
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1989  
Top Rated TV #116 | Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 16 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Robert Duvall ...  Augustus 'Gus' McCrae 4 episodes, 1989
Tommy Lee Jones ...  Woodrow F. Call 4 episodes, 1989
Danny Glover ...  Joshua Deets 4 episodes, 1989
Diane Lane ...  Lorena Wood 4 episodes, 1989
Robert Urich ...  Jake Spoon 4 episodes, 1989
Frederic Forrest ...  Blue Duck 4 episodes, 1989
D.B. Sweeney ...  Dish Boggett 4 episodes, 1989
Ricky Schroder ...  Newt Dobbs 4 episodes, 1989
Anjelica Huston ...  Clara Allen 4 episodes, 1989
Chris Cooper ...  July Johnson 4 episodes, 1989
Timothy Scott ...  Pea Eye Parker 4 episodes, 1989
Glenne Headly ...  Elmira Boot Johnson 4 episodes, 1989
Barry Corbin ...  Roscoe Brown 4 episodes, 1989
William Sanderson ...  Lippy Jones 4 episodes, 1989
Barry Tubb ...  Jasper Fant 4 episodes, 1989
Gavan O'Herlihy ...  Dan Suggs 4 episodes, 1989
Steve Buscemi ...  Luke 4 episodes, 1989
Frederick Coffin ...  Big Zwey 4 episodes, 1989
Travis Swords Travis Swords ...  Allan O'Brien 4 episodes, 1989
Kevin O'Morrison ...  Doctor 4 episodes, 1989
Ron Weyand Ron Weyand ...  Old Hugh 4 episodes, 1989
Lanny Flaherty ...  Soupy Jones 4 episodes, 1989
David Carpenter ...  Needle Nelson 4 episodes, 1989
James McMurtry James McMurtry ...  Jimmy Rainey 4 episodes, 1989
Charlie Haynie Charlie Haynie ...  Ben Rainey 4 episodes, 1989
James Terry McIlvain James Terry McIlvain ...  Cowboy 4 episodes, 1989
Sonny Carl Davis ...  Bert Borum 4 episodes, 1989
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ...  Po Campo 3 episodes, 1989
León Singer ...  Bolivar 3 episodes, 1989
Thomas Connor Thomas Connor ...  Bob Allen 2 episodes, 1989
Jerry Biggs Jerry Biggs ...  Roy Suggs 2 episodes, 1989
Missy Crider ...  Sally Allen 2 episodes, 1989
Sean Hennigan ...  Eddie Suggs 2 episodes, 1989
Lauren Stanley Lauren Stanley ...  Betsy Allen 2 episodes, 1989
Julius Tennon ...  Frog Lip 2 episodes, 1989
Jack Caffrey Jack Caffrey ...  Cholo 2 episodes, 1989
Adam Faraizl Adam Faraizl ...  Joe Boot 2 episodes, 1989
Jimmy Ray Pickens ...  Bill Spettle 2 episodes, 1989
Bradley Gregg ...  Sean O'Brien 2 episodes, 1989
Nina Siemaszko ...  Janey 2 episodes, 1989
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Epic story about two former Texas rangers who decide to move cattle from the south to Montana. Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call run into many problems on the way, and the journey doesn't end without numerous casualties. (6 hrs approx) Written by Rob Hartill

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Trivia

The Ogalalla, Nebraska set was originally built for Silverado (1985), which also featured Danny Glover. See more »

Goofs

The town Ogallala is spelled Ogalalla and Ogallala on different signs. The first spelling is the correct one. See more »

Quotes

Woodrow Call: Well, Augustus is dead. Died from blood poisonin' from them arrows them Indians shot in him. They cut off one of his legs, but the poison got in the other and he wouldn't let 'em cut it off. Stubborn about it; that's what killed him, bein' stubborn.
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Crazy Credits

Danny Glover, Robert Urich, Frederic Forrest, and Anjelica Huston are credited in every episode, even though Huston does not appear until the third episode, Forrest does not appear at all in the third episode, and Glover and Urich do not appear in the final episode. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2008 DVD/Blu-Ray release was cropped to a 16:9 aspect ratio, and enhanced for viewing on widescreen televisions. These versions were also remastered, and the picture quality is superior to the original DVD release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Judge (2014) See more »

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Grand, sweeping, sad, joyful, alive
30 January 2004 | by TumnusFallsSee all my reviews

Lonesome Dove tells the story of friendship, love, tragedy, life, change, the frontier, the passing of generations.

Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call are retired Texan Rangers, holed up in the small, dusty south Texas town of Lonesome Dove, a town with less going on than the nearby Rio Grande. Some prodding by a former partner gets them off their front porch and up in the saddle again, guiding a herd of cattle and of horses, a passle of men, a boy, and a lady of the night. They off and go to Montana, along the way meeting death, life, former loves and new loves, and witnessing the closing of the American frontier.

This film is six hours long, if you think of things that way, but really, it's far too short. You want to stop the film and get on your own horse to ride along with Gus and Woodrow. Yeah, it would be tough, but you know that Gus and Woodrow would be faithful friend who'd have the gumption to tell you the truth, even if it hurt a bit or a lot.

You'd miss a lot if you think of this film as simply a `show' or even entertainment. It captures your imagination, and helps you see what life was like 120 years ago - in some cases nasty, brutish, and short, but in other cases full of love, wonder, tenderness, compassion, and hope. The film doesn't dwell on the gore, but it doesn't hide it. Life on the frontier was tough, wearing on the body and mind, and relentlessly unforgiving of the weak, mistaken, and mislead. You -died- on the frontier, and death wasn't always easy. But along the way you live in breathtaking beauty. You get to see the world your hands make - you build your life from the dirt on the ground and the trees on the hill.

Gus and Woodrow ARE Texas Rangers, two men as different from each other as can be. Gus enjoys life, and seeks to chase buffalo just for the fun of it. Woodrow sees life as something to fight, to prepare for its certain triumph, but still manages to be a loyal, faithful, and loving friend. They interact with each other and the grand sweep of people along the way to Montana.

As far as performances, Robert Duvall is an American treasure. I've seen him in many movies, but never knew he was Augustus McCrae until I watched this show. There are just some roles that are designed to fit a particular character. Tommy Lee Jones is cryptic, laconic, guarded, and yet completely tender. You believe he believes he's tough, and you know he knows he's not. Ricky Schroeder plays Newt, Woodrow's unacknowledged son. Diana Lane is Lorena, the 'lady of the night,' and does a good job with her limited role. Anjelica Huston is fine - but of the main players, she's the one I had the least empathy with, mostly because in her other roles she plays someone with a darker and richer voice - in this show she is a tight-voiced soprano with a twang. Had I not seen her in shows, I think I would have believed her better. Chris Cooper plays the dithering sheriff who grows up a bit through the film; his wife, played by Glenne Headley, is very guarded in whom she loves, and it's not Chris Cooper. Robert Urich is Jake, the former saddle-mate of Gus and Woodrow, and Danny Glover is Deets, another partner.

Sure, it's a sad film in some ways. Some major players die, and some other players do not rise to the level of their situation. You want to reach in and simply -shake- some of the characters. But they reflect more closely what real people are like, and not so much what people are like when forced to play along with a happy ending.

But even with its sadness, it's a film full of life. Gus McCrae simply enjoys- every bit of what he goes through.

Get the DVD so you can appreciate the backstory.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1989 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bastrop State Park, Texas, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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