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The Virginian (2000)

TV-14 | | Western | TV Movie 9 January 2000
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A cowboy finds himself betrayed by his best friend and must choose between bringing him to justice and alienating the pretty schoolteacher he is in love with.

Director:

Bill Pullman

Writers:

Owen Wister (novel), Larry Gross (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Pullman ... The Virginian
Diane Lane ... Molly Stark
John Savage ... Steve
Harris Yulin ... Judge Henry
Colm Feore ... Trampas
James Drury ... Rider
Gary Farmer ... Buster
William MacDonald ... Scipio
Brent Stait ... Griffin
Sheila Moore ... Mrs. Henry
Darcy Belsher Darcy Belsher
Philip Granger ... Ben
Dennis Weaver ... Sam Balaam
Dawn Greenhalgh Dawn Greenhalgh ... Molly's Mother
Norman Edge Norman Edge ... Thorsen
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A cowboy finds himself betrayed by his best friend and must choose between bringing him to justice and alienating the pretty schoolteacher he is in love with.

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Times change. Heroes remain the same.

Genres:

Western

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

TNT

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Virginian See more »

Filming Locations:

Drumheller, Alberta, Canada See more »

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TNT See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The 1901 novel on which the movie is based added the iconic "Smile when you say that" to American slang (the quote is actually "when you call me that, smile" from the book). The "that" is "son of a bitch". In the era in which the story occurs (~1875), one did not call someone else an SOB without expecting to be punched out. It was, however, acceptable for friends to call each other SOBs, in good humor. Hence, "Smile when you call me that." See more »

Goofs

When the Virginian gets shot by the rustlers, and falls off of his horse, the position of his arm and head changes between camera angles. See more »

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A Worthy Portrayal...
31 January 2000 | by daghda_jimSee all my reviews

...but quite different from the book. I saw this film first, then read Wister's novel, which was reminiscent of the better Zane Gray tales, in their portrayal of the real West and what westerners were like.

Bill Pullman did a fine job, as star and director, but I have to wonder why they made a number of pulp western-y changes. The shootout in the book was simple and powerful, compared to the film's version. The book had examples of rude horseplay and one-upmanship that was the basis of Trampas' hatred for the Virginian, and went deeply into what kind of a man you had to be to survive out in the West of that time.

In some way this gives you the best of both media: see the film first, for the enjoyment it provides, and then dig up a copy of the novel for an interesting, considerably different version of the story.


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