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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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Top Rated TV #81 | 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 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lonesome Dove See more »

Filming Locations:

Bastrop State Park, Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The 1847 Walker Colt carried by Gus in the film is as ubiquitously iconic as the Texas Rangers. It was designed by Samuel Colt, and produced at his Paterson, New Jersey factory, at the behest of Texas Ranger and militia Captain Samuel Walker. The pistol is enormous, sixteen inches long, with a nine-inch barrel, and when loaded, weighs almost five pounds. It owes this size to its intended use as a heavy cavalry pistol, meant not to be worn on the belt, but carried in a saddle-mounted holster, and powerful enough, at short range, to have one-shot stopping power against both man and horse. The long cylinder holds a .44 caliber bullet on top of sixty grains of black powder, making it the most powerful black-powder revolver ever made. Modern tests have shown the Walker to have stopping power at least equal to the metal-cartridge .357 Magnum. However, the cylinders issued with the Walker, initially were not strong enough to handle the combination of such a large powder charge, and improper loading of conical rounds, caused the guns to acquire a reputation for its cylinders exploding during firing. The later Colt Dragoon pistol received improvements in its design, with a slight downsizing of the gun overall, and it being equipped with thicker-walled cylinders. Only about eleven hundred Walkers were produced, one thousand for Captain Walker's order, and another one hundred, added by Sam Colt for a special gift, and promotional guns. See more »

Goofs

Capt. Call's horse is named Hell Bitch and referred to with female pronouns through the entire series in spite of the fact that the horse is quite clearly a gelding (castrated male). See more »

Quotes

Roy Suggs: What did you find?
Dan Suggs: Nothing but his old watch. Damn sodbusters!
Jake Spoon: You shot those two men for a watch?
Dan Suggs: Shot 'em, now I'm going to hang 'em.
Eddie Suggs: Hang 'em? Dang, you beat all! I've never heard of hanging dead men.
Dan Suggs: Shot 'em, now I'm gonna hang 'em, then I'm gonna burn 'em! Damn sodbusters. Can't ever be too dead to suit me.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are displayed over a series of black-and-white photographs taken from scenes in the movie. The very last on then turns to color and becomes the first scene of each episode. The end credits are displayed over a picture of a dove silhouette on a piece of wood. 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 »

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This is the finest Western film ever made, bar none.
31 December 1999 | by swaineSee all my reviews

The Lonesome Dove mini-series contains every core element of a classic story of the mythic Old West: romance, tragedy, courageous and independent yet very human heroes, vicious yet believable villains, plenty of action, and the overall grit and determination of frontier life. These elements are all woven into an enthralling story centered on an epic journey across the American frontier--a cattle drive from Texas to Montana undertaken shortly after the Custer massacre. The movie is extremely faithful (in plot, dialogue, and characterizations) to the excellent novel by Larry McMurtry, and especially benefits from McMurtry's genius at narrative and story construction. What makes the film even better are the truly exceptional performances by the first rate cast, that includes Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Ulrich, and Anjelica Huston, and the great musical score, which won a well-deserved Emmy. This is the kind of film about the Old West that only comes along once in a blue moon, and lovers of Old West stories and movies (as well as real-life cowboys) watch it over and over. In my view, it ranks above even the classics of Western film, including Red River, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, and Shane--and I love all of those films. Even though it is over six hours long, and technically a TV mini-series, it should be considered a great film.


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