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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 #67 | Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 16 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete series cast summary:
...  Augustus 'Gus' McCrae 4 episodes, 1989
...  Woodrow F. Call 4 episodes, 1989
...  Joshua Deets 4 episodes, 1989
...  Lorena Wood 4 episodes, 1989
...  Jake Spoon 4 episodes, 1989
...  Blue Duck 4 episodes, 1989
...  Dish Boggett 4 episodes, 1989
...  Newt Dobbs 4 episodes, 1989
...  Clara Allen 4 episodes, 1989
...  July Johnson 4 episodes, 1989
...  Pea Eye Parker 4 episodes, 1989
...  Elmira Boot Johnson 4 episodes, 1989
...  Roscoe Brown 4 episodes, 1989
...  Lippy Jones 4 episodes, 1989
...  Jasper Fant 4 episodes, 1989
...  Dan Suggs 4 episodes, 1989
...  Luke 4 episodes, 1989
...  Big Zwey 4 episodes, 1989
Travis Swords ...  Allan O'Brien 4 episodes, 1989
...  Doctor 4 episodes, 1989
Ron Weyand ...  Old Hugh 4 episodes, 1989
...  Soupy Jones 4 episodes, 1989
...  Needle Nelson 4 episodes, 1989
James McMurtry ...  Jimmy Rainey 4 episodes, 1989
Charlie Haynie ...  Ben Rainey 4 episodes, 1989
James Terry McIlvain ...  Cowboy 4 episodes, 1989
...  Bert Borum 4 episodes, 1989
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ...  Po Campo 3 episodes, 1989
...  Bolivar 3 episodes, 1989
Thomas Connor ...  Bob Allen 2 episodes, 1989
Jerry Biggs ...  Roy Suggs 2 episodes, 1989
...  Sally Allen 2 episodes, 1989
Sean Hennigan ...  Eddie Suggs 2 episodes, 1989
Lauren Stanley ...  Betsy Allen 2 episodes, 1989
...  Frog Lip 2 episodes, 1989
Jack Caffrey ...  Cholo 2 episodes, 1989
Adam Faraizl ...  Joe Boot 2 episodes, 1989
...  Bill Spettle 2 episodes, 1989
...  Sean O'Brien 2 episodes, 1989
...  Janey 2 episodes, 1989


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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Did You Know?


Augustus McCrae's (Robert Duvall's) pistol in this miniseries is a Colt Walker 1847 revolver with a conversion to fire metallic cartridges. Cartridge conversions are commonly done to percussion revolvers in films, because firing black powder is potentially dangerous, and using metallic blank cartridges is safer, and cheaper to use. While cartridge conversions were popular in the Old West, they typically allowed the guns to be reloaded easier, while guns used in films, try to make them less noticeable, to fool the audience into thinking they are percussion guns. See more »


During a conversation in which Gus is lecturing Woodrow on his previous treatment of Maggie, both Gus and Woodrow state that Maggie died in Lonesome Dove. However, in the prequel, "Comanche Moon", Maggie is shown dying in Austin, Texas, before Gus and Woodrow decide to move to Lonesome Dove. See more »


Joshua Deets: [laughing] Done put a gun on you. Reckon you'll be boss of this outfit before too much longer.
Newt: [Going along with the joke] You better hope not, Deets. First thing I'll do is cut your wages for all them times you been joshin' 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 »


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The Best Western Ever Filmed
18 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

As a boy, I never liked western films. My father loved them all, all the John Wayne classics, the Spaghetti Westerns, the whole lot.

I despised them all. They were all the same. Same plot. Same rotten cinematography. Same unbelievable characters. Couldn't understand the attraction.

Then I saw Lonesome Dove. This film (actually a mini-series) is an absolute masterpiece.

It starts with the cinematography and locations. It was not your stereotypical Utah-canyon photography, it was the great plains, the Texas deserts, the wide rivers, the mesquite groves. Not marvelous vistas, but simple, real, gritty scenery. You can taste the dust of the panhandle and smell the Kansas plains.

Then there's the action. There's lots of it. Flooding rivers, driving rains, realistic fights, thundering cattle drives, horrible scenes of rape and torture (just under TV censor radar), plenty of death and sadness. All of it believable. All of it heart-tugging. All of it amazing.

But above all of these great features are the characters and the writing. Augustus McCrae and Woodrow F. Call have become two icons of pop culture, polar opposites who work well together and, in the end, are incomplete without one another. The supporting cast as well is fabulous, well written, patently interesting, and tremendously played. Even the evil characters are fascinating.

This is what television and film should be. It is very, very rare for anything of this quality to ever appear on the small screen, and with today's "reality TV" craze, it is even rarer still.

Buy the DVD set. You won't be disappointed. 10 out of 10.


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