Years after J.R. Ewing lost Ewing Oil and apparently committed suicide, we learn that he is alive and well. He returns to Dallas, and plots to bring his family back together, and regain control of Ewing Oil from arch-enemy Cliff Barnes.
It has been two years since Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing took over control of Ewing Oil. Although J.R. is successfully managing a large oil conglomerate, he wants to once again own his ... See full summary »
Digger Barnes is furious when his friend Jock Ewing starts dating the love of his life Ellie Southworth. He is also convinced that Jock has cheated him out of his share in their oil field. And so begins the decades long Barnes-Ewing feud.
David Marshall Grant,
Interesting British-made documentary on the enduring cult appeal of US super-soap 'Dallas' (1978-1991). New interviews with cast and crew are mixed with favourite clips ("Who shot J.R.?", "... See full summary »
Years after J.R. Ewing lost Ewing Oil and apparently committed suicide, we learn that he is alive and well. He returns to Dallas, and plots what could be his greatest scheme: Bringing his family back together, and regaining control of Ewing Oil from arch-enemy Cliff Barnes. Will he be successful? Written by
This was the first Dallas production to return to the famous Southfork Ranch property since the end of the 1988-89 season. For the original series' last two years on the air, all Southfork exteriors were filmed on an interior sound stage in California. See more »
When Bobby Ewing rescues Julia Cunningham from the back of a galloping horse, the ground changes several times between grass in the long shots to sand in the close-ups. See more »
John Ross Ewing III:
[after JR appears screwed by Cliff because he sold Ewing Oil to Bobby and Sue Ellen]
Dad, I don't understand, why are you smiling? You just lost Ewing Oil?
John Ross 'J.R.' Ewing, Jr.:
Son, you don't understand. Ewing Oil is back in Ewing hands. Your Uncle Bobby is no longer going to sell Southfork, and is back in the oil business. I am the Chairman of the Board of Weststar. Your mother is back at Southfork, and you are going to remain in Dallas to learn the oil business under the best damn oil man there ever was.
John Ross Ewing III:
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If this forum permitted it, the "caps-lock" key would have been in force in titling this review -- it only seems fitting. For a series that so revolutionized television to be this badly given artificial respiration is a TV tragedy.
"Dallas: JR Returns" is everything that was horrid about the original show, with none of what made it so special. While the original was, at its best, a character-driven drama with a solid back story, the sequel is an overly-plotted morass of mediocrity.
Not only has the cast aged -- frighteningly, for the most part -- but so has television continued to grow. "JR Returns" is a throwback to the worst of 1970s television ... meaningless and ultimately unsatisfying.
Kudos only to Linda Gray (of the original cast) and newcomer Chris Demetral (as the grown Christopher, adopted son of Bobby and Pam). No one else displays any passion or vitality.
Some things are better left untouched. The legacy of "Dallas" is one.
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