Lonesome Dove (1989)
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In Lonesome Dove, Texas former Texas Rangers Augustus 'Gus' McCrae and Woodrow F. Call are spending their time not doing much of anything. They have something of a reunion when old friends ... See full summary »


Simon Wincer


Larry McMurtry (novel), William D. Wittliff (teleplay) (as Bill Wittliff)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Augustus 'Gus' McCrae
Tommy Lee Jones ... Woodrow F. Call
Danny Glover ... Joshua Deets
Diane Lane ... Lorena Wood
Robert Urich ... Jake Spoon
Frederic Forrest ... Blue Duck (credit only)
D.B. Sweeney ... Dish Boggett
Ricky Schroder ... Newt Dobbs
Anjelica Huston ... Clara Allen (credit only)
Chris Cooper ... July Johnson
Timothy Scott ... Pea Eye Parker (as Tim Scott)
Glenne Headly ... Elmira Boot Johnson
Barry Corbin ... Roscoe Brown
William Sanderson ... Lippy Jones
Barry Tubb ... Jasper Fant


In Lonesome Dove, Texas former Texas Rangers Augustus 'Gus' McCrae and Woodrow F. Call are spending their time not doing much of anything. They have something of a reunion when old friends Jake Spoon and Joshua Deets arrive. They've not seen each other for something going on 10 years. Jake has an idea: they should round up a herd of cattle and drive them north where they could make their fortune. McCrae is a bit slow to come around the idea but they're soon crossing the border rustling horses and cattle that have been stolen by a Mexican bandit. By the time they're ready to set out, Jake Spoon has had a change of heart. He's been carrying on with Lonesome Dove's only saloon girl, Lorena Wood, and he's promised to take her to San Francisco. They're traveling more or less in the same direction so they're all going to be seeing each other quite a bit. The men on the cattle drive face long days and bad weather. One of them will not survive the first river crossing. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

5 February 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Wilhelm Scream: During the horse rustling sequence in Mexico. See more »


During the night time raid for horses to Mexico, when they show the moon, it is barely a sliver, so the night would be very dark. When they show Gus and the boys, there are very bright lights in the background lighting their faces. Obviously stage lighting is used so you can see the characters faces. See more »


[first lines]
Gus McCrae: [to fighting pigs] Go down to the river to eat that snake. Now go on, get outa here. Go on! Go on, git!
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They don't rent pigs
20 December 2012 | by chaos-rampantSee all my reviews

Two grizzled former Texas Rangers rustle up a herd—horses, cows, a bunch of addle-brained cowboys who need as much herding as they're paid to do—and make north where is money and adventure. Western fans have long known about this, I was late myself. This first episode is all of it setup, getting to know who's who, who's going to be trouble, who's going to have demons to chase after..

And gosh darnit, what clean storytelling we have, pure American western, no-nonsense filmmaking. If smooth transition is the essence of classicism, then surely this is in the classic vein of Hawks—they've all been rascals at one point or other, and tease each other about it, but they're close as a group, as guys who work with their hands tend to. Women haunt every one of the guys, including a sheriff who we assume is going to be on their trail in coming episodes.

The purpose of the journey as stated by Woodrow, is to see one last piece of the West before the lawyers and bankers roll in.

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