Two former Texas Rangers renew their spirit of adventure as they and several other residents of a small Texas town join a cattle drive to the Montana Territory.
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Top Rated TV #75 | Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 16 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
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 Augustus 'Gus' McCrae (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Woodrow F. Call (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Joshua Deets (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Lorena Wood (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Jake Spoon (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Blue Duck (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Dish Boggett (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Newt Dobbs (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Clara Allen (4 episodes, 1989)
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 July Johnson (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Pea Eye Parker (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Elmira Boot Johnson (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Roscoe Brown (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Lippy Jones (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Jasper Fant (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Dan Suggs (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Luke (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Big Zwey (4 episodes, 1989)
Travis Swords ...
 Allan O'Brien (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Doctor (4 episodes, 1989)
Ron Weyand ...
 Old Hugh (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Soupy Jones (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Needle Nelson (4 episodes, 1989)
James McMurtry ...
 Jimmy Rainey (4 episodes, 1989)
Charlie Haynie ...
 Ben Rainey (4 episodes, 1989)
James Terry McIlvain ...
 Cowboy (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Bert Borum (4 episodes, 1989)
Jorge Martínez de Hoyos ...
 Po Campo (3 episodes, 1989)
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 Bolivar (3 episodes, 1989)
Thomas Connor ...
 Bob Allen (2 episodes, 1989)
Jerry Biggs ...
 Roy Suggs (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Sally Allen (2 episodes, 1989)
Sean Hennigan ...
 Eddie Suggs (2 episodes, 1989)
Lauren Stanley ...
 Betsy Allen (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Frog Lip (2 episodes, 1989)
Jack Caffrey ...
 Cholo (2 episodes, 1989)
Adam Faraizl ...
 Joe Boot (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Bill Spettle (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Sean O'Brien (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Janey (2 episodes, 1989)
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Epic story about two former Texas rangers who decide to move cattle from the south to Montana. Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call run into many problems on the way, and the journey doesn't end without numerous casualties. (6 hrs approx) Written by Rob Hartill

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The miniseries cast includes four Oscar winners: Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper, and Anjelica Huston; and two Oscar nominees: Frederic Forrest and Diane Lane See more »

Goofs

When Gus kills his horse to use it as a shield against Blue Duck's men, the horse can still be seen breathing. Additionally, it moves its leg in a later frame. See more »

Quotes

Woodrow Call: [riding in San Antonio] Things sure have changed since the last time I was here. It's all growed up.
Gus McCrae: Of course it's growed up, Woodrow. He killed all the Indians and bandits so the bankers could move in.
Woodrow Call: Only a fool would want the Indians back.
Gus McCrae: Has it ever occurred to you, Woodrow; that all the work we done was for the bankers? Hell, we killed off everybody made this country interestin'!
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The opening credits are displayed over a series of black-and-white photographs taken from scenes in the movie. The very last on then turns to color and becomes the first scene of each episode. The end credits are displayed over a picture of a dove silhouette on a piece of wood. See more »

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The Best Western Ever Filmed
18 August 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a boy, I never liked western films. My father loved them all, all the John Wayne classics, the Spaghetti Westerns, the whole lot.

I despised them all. They were all the same. Same plot. Same rotten cinematography. Same unbelievable characters. Couldn't understand the attraction.

Then I saw Lonesome Dove. This film (actually a mini-series) is an absolute masterpiece.

It starts with the cinematography and locations. It was not your stereotypical Utah-canyon photography, it was the great plains, the Texas deserts, the wide rivers, the mesquite groves. Not marvelous vistas, but simple, real, gritty scenery. You can taste the dust of the panhandle and smell the Kansas plains.

Then there's the action. There's lots of it. Flooding rivers, driving rains, realistic fights, thundering cattle drives, horrible scenes of rape and torture (just under TV censor radar), plenty of death and sadness. All of it believable. All of it heart-tugging. All of it amazing.

But above all of these great features are the characters and the writing. Augustus McCrae and Woodrow F. Call have become two icons of pop culture, polar opposites who work well together and, in the end, are incomplete without one another. The supporting cast as well is fabulous, well written, patently interesting, and tremendously played. Even the evil characters are fascinating.

This is what television and film should be. It is very, very rare for anything of this quality to ever appear on the small screen, and with today's "reality TV" craze, it is even rarer still.

Buy the DVD set. You won't be disappointed. 10 out of 10.

Barky


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