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Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice (1994)

Retired Marshal Matt Dillon goes after a fifteen-year-old boy who is determined to kill the men responsible for the murder of his mother during a stagecoach robbery.


Jerry Jameson


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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Bruce Boxleitner ... Davis Healy
Amy Stoch ... Beth Readon (as Amy Stock-Poynton)
Alan Scarfe ... Sean Devlin
Christopher Bradley ... Josh
Mikey LeBeau Mikey LeBeau ... Martin Miller
Kelly Morgan Kelly Morgan ... Lucas Miller
Apesanahkwat ... Six Eyes
Hallie Foote ... Hannah Miller
Clark Heathcliff Brolly Clark Heathcliff Brolly ... Jesse (as Clark Heathcliffe Brolly)
Don Collier ... Sheriff at Dillion Ranch
Ed Adams Ed Adams ... Waco
Tony Clay Tony Clay ... Hotel Clerk (as Wayne Anthony)
Bing Blenman Bing Blenman ... Hardcase
Tom Brinson Tom Brinson ... Potter


After his mother is killed in a wagoncoach robbery a young man pursues the gang responsible. Matt Dillon goes after him hoping to stop him before the gang can kill him. Dillon is joined by Davis Healy, a businessman, who is hiding a few secrets of his own. Written by Anonymous

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This was James Arness' final acting role before his death on June 3, 2011 at the age of 88. See more »


[first lines]
[Sam hands Matt a cup of coffee]
Matt Dillon: Thanks, Sam.
Sam the Cook: Did you decide what kind of cake you want?
Matt Dillon: Just keep it simple. I don't want Beth and Josh to think they're on the wrong spread.
Sam the Cook: You say that every birthday!
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Follows Gunsmoke: The Long Ride (1993) See more »

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22 August 2018 | by kenstallings-65346See all my reviews

The most significant fact of this made-for-TV movie is that it is the final time that James Arness portrayed Matt Dillon. It is also his final original production work. He was featured in a compilation effort a few years later, but this is truly his last original work.

As swan songs go, this is a quality movie effort. The script was tight and interesting, invoking plot twists that keep the audience interested throughout the effort.

There is no dedication in this movie, and as Arness was the executive producer, it stands to reason he wouldn't have offered any to himself, but in truth, this movie should be dedicated to him. Arness started the TV role of Matt Dillon in 1955 and this movie was produced in 1994.

Regardless of how one measures his work, by episode count, years running, and decades worked, what Arness did as Matt Dillon has no equals. The stats are stunning: 635 TV series episodes (all staring Dillon and all featuring his acting presence), Arness and Milburn Stone as Doc ran for over 20 straight years, plus another five made-for-TV movies that continued the series well into its fifth decade! In terms of relevance, societal impact, and timeless quality, there has been nothing that can approach Gunsmoke, and likely there never will be!

In this coda, Arness is over seventy years of age, and yet, he's still riding a horse at full gallop and looks every bit the part of an older cattle rancher, which he is. While there are minor references to his past life as US Marshal, the truth is this movie makes it clear that Matt Dillon has moved on from his days as a lawman in Dodge City.

It's a nice break, as there was no room for romantic flashbacks. And yet, the same sense of morality and duty that characterized Dillon remains vivid in this effort. Bruce Boxleitner turns in an excellent supporting role, offering intrigue and well turned plot twists.

There are many other quality performances that are often stark and realistic. This is a fine movie on its own, but in terms of what it brought to a close, ranks as must watch entertainment.

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Release Date:

10 February 1994 (USA) See more »

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Em Busca de Vingança See more »

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Mescal, Arizona, USA See more »

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