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Conagher (1991)

Mrs. Evie Teale is struggling to stay alive while raising her two children alone on a remote homestead. Conn Conagher is a honest, hardworking cowboy. Their lives are intertwined as they ... See full summary »


Louis L'Amour (novel), Jeffrey M. Meyer (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Elliott ... Conn Conagher
Katharine Ross ... Evie Teale
Barry Corbin ... Charlie McCloud, Stage Driver
Billy Green Bush ... Jacob Teale
Ken Curtis ... Seaborn Tay, Cattle Rancher
Paul Koslo ... Kiowa Staples
Gavan O'Herlihy ... Chris Mahler, Cowboy
James Parks ... Curly
Daniel Quinn ... Johnny McGivern
Pepe Serna ... Casuse, Ladder Five Rider
Buck Taylor ... Tile Coker, Ladder Five Rider
Dub Taylor ... Station Agent
Cody Braun Cody Braun ... Laban Teale
Anndi McAfee ... Ruthie Teale
James Gammon ... Smoke Parnell, Ladder Five Owner


Mrs. Evie Teale is struggling to stay alive while raising her two children alone on a remote homestead. Conn Conagher is a honest, hardworking cowboy. Their lives are intertwined as they fight the elements, Indians, outlaws, and loneliness. Written by David J. Kiseleski <davidk269@aol.com>

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None tougher. None faster. None deadlier.




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English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Louis L'Amour's Conagher See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Dub Taylor (Station Agent) was the real-life father of Buck Taylor (Tile Coker). See more »


When Conagher first meets Tile Coker, you can see the shadow of a boom mic on the ground next to Conagher's horse as he rides up to Tile. See more »


Charlie McCloud, Stage Driver: You keep a close lookout for Indians, ma'am. They ain't been troublesome lately, but you never can tell when they might start up again. Never give 'em anything. They take that as a sign of fear. Make 'em trade. They cotton to that.
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A classic winner
26 September 2010 | by ed-755See all my reviews

This is one of the best "true Westerns" ever, a tribute to the faithfulness of the makers to the book, and the labor of love done by the makers (Sam Elliott and Catherine Ross themselves). Sam and Catherine stuck to the text for the script, despite PC pressures to change some scenes.

The depth of love and respect for the original is also conveyed by the gracious touch of having Louis L'Amour's daughter portraying the starting-over former saloon girl stuck in the Indian battle at the stage station. The casting is near-perfect, even if most of them were the Elliott's good friends (and several were in Sam's other films).

The realistic look at ranch hand life strikes chords of memory with Monty Walsh. The action scenes were more reality-based than the 50's through 70's Westerns, such as the primitive look of the final saloon fight scene. And the costumes look straight out of a Matthew Brady photo book of a Western settlement, with the characters showing the dirt and grit which true pioneers experienced.

The developing love story between Con and Evie is beautifully captured by the camera, often without a word, as "the eyes tell the story". Ross plays the part perfectly of the dutiful, faithful frontier wife. And you "feel her pain" as she struggles with loneliness, and his as he struggles with an identity crisis and feelings of inadequacy to be the husband of a woman so noble. Sam deserved the Golden Globe for Best Actor he won, with a quietly powerful portrayal of the honest cowpoke.

All in all, a delightful and classically beautiful story of the Old West. I grew up in one of the last Western towns to "go modern", a real cow town which experienced some of the last (and biggest) gun battles in US history. This movie made me proud to be from my home area.

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