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The adventures and love lives of young Texas Rangers Woodrow Call and Augustus McRae leading up to their retirement to the city of Lonesome Dove.
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Series cast summary:
Steve Zahn ...  Gus McCrae 3 episodes, 2008
Ryan Merriman ...  Jake Spoon 3 episodes, 2008
Keith Robinson ...  Joshua Deets 3 episodes, 2008
Wes Studi ...  Buffalo Hump 3 episodes, 2008
Adam Beach ...  Blue Duck 3 episodes, 2008
James Rebhorn ...  Gov. Elisha Pease 3 episodes, 2008
Melanie Lynskey ...  Pearl Coleman 3 episodes, 2008
Rachel Griffiths ...  Inez Scull 3 episodes, 2008
Troy Baker ...  Pea Eye Parker 3 episodes, 2008
David Midthunder ...  Famous Shoes 3 episodes, 2008
Arron Shiver ...  Stove Jones 3 episodes, 2008
Toby Metcalf Toby Metcalf ...  Ranger Lee Hitch 3 episodes, 2008
Steve Reevis ...  Worm 3 episodes, 2008
Wally Welch ...  Ranger Ikey Ripple 3 episodes, 2008
Val Kilmer ...  Inish Scull 3 episodes, 2008
Karl Urban ...  Woodrow F. Call 3 episodes, 2008
Linda Cardellini ...  Clara Forsythe 3 episodes, 2008
Elizabeth Banks ...  Maggie 3 episodes, 2008
Ray McKinnon ...  Bill Coleman 2 episodes, 2008
Sal Lopez ...  Ahumado 2 episodes, 2008
Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman ...  First Old Comanche 2 episodes, 2008
Kristine Sutherland ...  Elmira Forsythe 2 episodes, 2008
Josh Berry ...  Bob Allen 2 episodes, 2008
Jonathan Joss ...  Kicking Wolf 2 episodes, 2008
Bill Flynn ...  Old Ben Mickelson 2 episodes, 2008
Brady Coleman ...  Mr. Forsythe 2 episodes, 2008
Savion Rose Savion Rose ...  Felice 2 episodes, 2008
Grover Coulson ...  Bingham 2 episodes, 2008
Tatanka Means ...  Slipping Weasel 2 episodes, 2008
Fredrick Lopez Fredrick Lopez ...  Goyeto 2 episodes, 2008
Scotty Augare Scotty Augare ...  Straight Elbow 2 episodes, 2008
Geraldine Keams ...  Hema 2 episodes, 2008
Rod Rondeaux Rod Rondeaux ...  SlowTree 2 episodes, 2008
Jack Burning ...  Second Old Comanche 2 episodes, 2008
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The adventures and love lives of young Texas Rangers Woodrow Call and Augustus McRae leading up to their retirement to the city of Lonesome Dove.

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USA

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Release Date:

13 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Comanche Moon See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Some of the scenes were shot on Val Kilmer's ranch in New Mexico. See more »

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The location for the Austin set typifies the Hollywood image of Texas being dry and filled with scrub. Actually, Austin is very green and located in valley with numerous rivers, with an average humidity of only 4 millibars less than Honolulu, and has wild bamboo growing in creeks. See more »

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Gus McCrae: [Gus says to Jake] Don't fall in with any rough necks or we'll have to hang you.
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Alternate Versions

At the beginning of the broadcast version, there is a flashback to Buffalo Hump's youth, in which several Comanche tribes are called together to meet with American military officers in a tent, and are subsequently betrayed by the white men opening fire on them from outside. In the DVD, this scene is moved to the end of the first episode, while Buffalo Hump describes the incident to his fellow tribe members as they set out to raid Austin. See more »

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Agreed: It's No 'Lonesome Dove,'' But It Still Has Merit
3 March 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

I think the consensus is pretty unanimous about this recent TV miniseries: it's okay but it's a far cry from "Lonesome Dove." It gets compared to the latter simply because this a prequel to that famous story.

"Commanche Moon" is definitely worth a watch for any fan of westerns. Just don't expect it to be as intense as "Lonesome Dove." Steve Zahn and Karl Urban are not Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones, and the characters they play aren't as strong as how Duvall and Jones portrayed the same two guys. Some say it's unfair to criticize this movie because of the comparison but you have to compare it - it's the story of the same two leading Texas Ranger characters: "Woodrow Call" and "Gus McCrae."

The main difference, I found, was that this prequel is a lot of slower and more relational (the two Rangers and their women) at times. Yet, I didn't mind that because the two main women were pretty ladies and generally likable and agreeable people. They were played nicely by Linda Cardelini ("Clara Forsythe") and Elizabeth Banks ("Maggie.").. They helped make this long movie palatable. If you've seen pictures of women in the Old West, none of them looked half as pretty as Cardelini and Banks, though. They were a joy for these male eyes to ogle. Maggie's son "Newt" was a wonderful kid, too - the kind of boy every parent would want..

The most interesting character, I thought, turned out to be "Inish Scull," played by Val Kilmer. As in the western film, "Tombstone," Kilmer almost steals the show from the leads. "Scull" is really an original, if I ever saw one: a strange dude, indeed.

Actually, all of the supporting actors in here did a fine job, from Keith Robinson's "Deets" to Wes Studi as "Buffalo Hump." I always find Studi to be fascinating, no matter what role he plays. I wish he had had a bigger role in this miniseries.

One thing this film has in common with "Lonesome Dove" and other good westerns: the scenery and photography. It's just beautiful at times and is a joy to watch. We also have an excellent director of this film: Simon Wincer, who directed "Lonesome Dove" and an another outstanding TV western, "Crossfire Trail." He also did two of my other favorite feature films, both based in his home country of Australia: "Phar Lap" and "Quigley Down Under."

Unfortunately, although I enjoyed this, "Commanche Moon" is nothing as good as the above-mentioned films.Yet, I still watched all of it and was sorry it ended, if that makes any sense. It made me want to watch Woodrow and Gus again, this time with Tommy Lee and Robert.

Note: The title page says this is 360 minutes. That must have included the TV commercials. The two-disc DVD version I saw was about 4 hours and 40 minutes.


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