Episode #1.2 

A series of disasters overtakes Colonel Cobb and his ambition to annex Sante Fe including dust storms, prairie fires, Indians, and the Mexican army.


Yves Simoneau


Larry McMurtry (teleplay), Diana Ossana (teleplay) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
F. Murray Abraham ... Caleb Cobb
Keith Carradine ... Bigfoot Wallace
Patricia Childress Patricia Childress ... Matilda Jane
Edward James Olmos ... Captain Salazar
Chris Penn ... Goodnight
Eric Schweig ... Buffalo Hump
Harry Dean Stanton ... Shadrach
David Arquette ... Augustus McCrae
Ray McKinnon ... Long Bill Coleman
Tim Blake Nelson ... Johnny Carthage
Brad Greenquist ... Kirker
Kieran Mulroney ... Jimmy Tweed
Jared Rushton ... Wesley Buttons
Victor Aaron Victor Aaron ... Gomez
Manuel Calderon Manuel Calderon ... General Dimasio


A series of decimating disasters overtakes Colonel Cobb and his ambition to annex Sante Fe as dust storms, prairie fires, Indians, the Mexican army, and his own bad judgment and megalomania takes a toll of attrition on his expeditionary force. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Release Date:

13 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Van Horn, Texas, USA See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Palo Duro Canyon is roughly twenty miles south-southeast of present-day Amarillo. The canyon would be the location of the last significant confrontation between the Indians and the Army during the Red River War of 1874. Civil War veteran General "Three Fingers" McKenzie discovered a large encampment down in the canyon, including hundreds horses. Because of the difficulty getting down into the canyon, the Indians had plenty of time to cover a retreat, but they had to abandon the majority of the horses. Although McKenzie was not able to kill any Indians, he massacred some 700 horses. As an aside, it should be noted that the Palo Duro River was (and continue to be) not only a gathering site for wild game, but it is also a very rich source of red clay. To this day pottery shards are occasionally found there. See more »


All the women except Mattie had left but when the Indians run through camp chasing the buffalo a woman can be heard screaming in a tent. When Shad shoots the buffalo Mattie can be seen with him, not in a tent. See more »


Caleb Cobb: I'm a seaman. I never expected to die in the middle of the desert. I ought to be on my ship. What in hell am I doing here?
[laughs ironically]
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