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Series cast summary:
Richard Chamberlain ...  John Charles Fremont 2 episodes, 1986
Alice Krige ...  Jessie Benton Fremont 2 episodes, 1986
F. Murray Abraham ...  President Abraham Lincoln 2 episodes, 1986
René Enríquez ...  Gen. Castro 2 episodes, 1986
Ben Johnson ...  Jim Bridger 2 episodes, 1986
Jerry Orbach ...  Capt. John Sutter 2 episodes, 1986
G.D. Spradlin ...  Gen. Steven Watts Kearney 2 episodes, 1986
Rip Torn ...  Kit Carson 2 episodes, 1986
Fritz Weaver ...  Sen. Thomas Hart Benton 2 episodes, 1986
Anthony Zerbe ...  Bill Williams 2 episodes, 1986
Claude Akins ...  Tom Fitzpatrick 2 episodes, 1986
John Anderson ...  Brig. Gen. Brooke 2 episodes, 1986
Lee Bergere ...  'Papa Joe' Nicollet 2 episodes, 1986
Jeff East ...  Tim Donovan 2 episodes, 1986
Michael Ensign ...  Karl Preuss 2 episodes, 1986
Mel Ferrer ...  Judge Elkins 2 episodes, 1986
Burton Gilliam ...  Martineau 2 episodes, 1986
John Harkins ...  Secretary of State George Bancroft 2 episodes, 1986
Gayle Hunnicutt ...  Mrs. Maria Crittenden 2 episodes, 1986
Matt McCoy ...  Louis Freniere 2 episodes, 1986
Cameron Mitchell ...  Cmmdre. Robert Stockton 2 episodes, 1986
Noble Willingham ...  President James Polk 2 episodes, 1986
Billy Campbell ...  Lt. Gaines 2 episodes, 1986
James Cromwell ...  Maj. Gen. David Hunter 2 episodes, 1986
Lee de Broux ...  Provost 2 episodes, 1986
Jonathan Frakes ...  Lt. Archibald Gillespie 2 episodes, 1986
John Francis John Francis ...  Zindel 2 episodes, 1986
Stefan Gierasch ...  Trenor Park 2 episodes, 1986
Richard Hamilton Richard Hamilton ...  Gen. Murdoch 2 episodes, 1986
Will Hare ...  Dr. McClain 2 episodes, 1986
Dave Lowry Dave Lowry ...  Godey 2 episodes, 1986
Kip Niven ...  Sen. John Crittenden 2 episodes, 1986
John Quade ...  Big Fallon 2 episodes, 1986
Martin Rabbett Martin Rabbett ...  Ned Kern 2 episodes, 1986
Hansford Rowe ...  John Floyd 2 episodes, 1986
Timothy Scott ...  Ezekial Merrit 2 episodes, 1986
Vernon Washington ...  Dodson 2 episodes, 1986
Anna Bjorn ...  Angelique 2 episodes, 1986
Cecile Callan ...  Nicole 2 episodes, 1986
Nikki Creswell Nikki Creswell ...  Lily Fremont 2 episodes, 1986
Terrence Evans Terrence Evans ...  Farmer 2 episodes, 1986
William Glover William Glover ...  Sir Roger Dunston 2 episodes, 1986
Gloria Hayes Gloria Hayes ...  Indian Maiden 2 episodes, 1986
Barton Heyman ...  Judge Advocate Lee 2 episodes, 1986
George American Horse George American Horse ...  Chief 2 episodes, 1986
Charles Hyman Charles Hyman ...  Sgt. Riordan 2 episodes, 1986
Joaquín Martínez ...  Sagundai 2 episodes, 1986
George McDaniel ...  Col. Mason 2 episodes, 1986
Randal Patrick Randal Patrick ...  Carvalho 2 episodes, 1986
Buck Taylor ...  Egloffstein 2 episodes, 1986
Helen Floyd Helen Floyd ...  Sally 2 episodes, 1986
Charles Bazaldua Charles Bazaldua ...  Mexican Officer 2 episodes, 1986
Marco Hernandez Marco Hernandez ...  Mexican Lieutenant 2 episodes, 1986
Jeff Allin ...  Blonde Man 2 episodes, 1986
Michael Crabtree Michael Crabtree ...  2nd Man on Trek 5 2 episodes, 1986
Joe Dorsey ...  Col. Atherton 2 episodes, 1986
Jim Grimshaw ...  2nd Man 2 episodes, 1986
Dennis King Dennis King ...  Francis Blair 2 episodes, 1986
Jay Louden Jay Louden ...  Campaign Aide 2 episodes, 1986
Robert Lussier Robert Lussier ...  Dr. Harris 2 episodes, 1986
Kelly Junkerman Kelly Junkerman ...  1st Man on Trek 5 2 episodes, 1986
John H. Francis ...  Zindel / ... 2 episodes, 1986
Erich Anderson 2 episodes, 1986
Dan Biggers Dan Biggers 2 episodes, 1986
Dennis Breckner Dennis Breckner 2 episodes, 1986
Bob Burchette Bob Burchette 2 episodes, 1986
Chris Campbell Chris Campbell 2 episodes, 1986
Ritchie Copenhaver Ritchie Copenhaver 2 episodes, 1986
John Countryman John Countryman 2 episodes, 1986
Carole Davis 2 episodes, 1986
Bill Eudaly 2 episodes, 1986
Kevin Grantz Kevin Grantz 2 episodes, 1986
Stephen Lee 2 episodes, 1986
Lee Lively Lee Lively 2 episodes, 1986
Fred Lloyd Fred Lloyd ...  Lt. John Thompson 2 episodes, 1986
John Mingus John Mingus 2 episodes, 1986
Glenn Morshower 2 episodes, 1986
Randy Mulkey 2 episodes, 1986
Ken Collins ...  Cavalry Officer 2 episodes, 1986
Bret Culpepper Bret Culpepper ...  Cavalry Scout 2 episodes, 1986
Paul D'Elia Paul D'Elia ...  Guest 2 episodes, 1986
Dirty Denny Dirty Denny ...  Union Army Cook 2 episodes, 1986
Tom Even Tom Even ...  Secretary of State Buchanan 2 episodes, 1986
David Midthunder 2 episodes, 1986
Danny Nelson Danny Nelson 2 episodes, 1986
Mike Pingel Mike Pingel ...  Courtroom Guard 2 episodes, 1986
Ron Stone ...  Calvary Soldier 2 episodes, 1986
Ken Walters Ken Walters ...  Unnamed political speaker 2 episodes, 1986
Sam Wells Sam Wells ...  Political Campaign Chairman 2 episodes, 1986
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John Charles Fremont, the American adventurer, the free-spirited women who impelled him to dare undreamed-of-feats, and the young nation they helped to shape. The story begins in 1839 when Fremont is chosen to lead the trek into the Oregon Territory with the help of Kit Carson which gets under way in 1843. Fremont's adventures include expeditions into California, a court-martial, acquisition and loss of great wealth, excursions into politics, involvement in the civil war, and eventual realization of the dream to move America westward. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das abenteuerliche Leben des John Charles Fremont See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Not listed under "Locations", but the beach scene where Cameron Mitchell meets up with Richard Chamberlain and Rip Torn was filmed on a very cold February day at Fort Story in Virginia Beach - the same beach used by Army, Navy and SEAL teams for training. See more »

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Much Better than Anticipated!
12 July 2015 | by richlandwomanSee all my reviews

I saw this recently on the Warner Archive channel and was very pleasantly surprised -- the mediocre 6.9 rating on IMDb (at the moment) is much too low, in my view. Still, that rating is in line with the lukewarm critical reception that Dream West got when originally shown.

For instance, the New York Times thought that the miniseries overemphasized the love story and took too many liberties with the facts. Also, in that paper's view, Mr. Chamberlain was not quite as convincing as usual - - "even out in the wilds, he seems to have stepped out of an Abercrombie & Fitch ad." Still, the Times found the series as a whole a breath of fresh-air in comparison to the Sidney Sheldon/Judith Krantz-style shows that were so popular at the time, and also thought that two of the most significant roles were very well-played (Alice Krige is "especially appealing" as Mrs. Fremont, and Rip Torn is "terrific" as Kit Carson).

Although I can understand the basis for the negative comments made about Dream West on its original airing, I mostly don't agree with them. I think the main problem is that the first half-hour or so is, indeed, a bit too soapy. But in retrospect, the opening "star-crossed lovers" approach grounds the relationship between Fremont and his wife in a way that pays off as they face various obstacles over a long life together.

Also, Dream West is filled with vivid, well-produced outdoor scenes that convincingly suggest the grueling conditions faced by explorers of the American continent in the early to mid 19th century.

And last -- I thought Chamberlain was excellent and that he and Krige played well off each other. If the subject matter sounds like it might appeal to you, I'd strongly recommend this miniseries.


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