|Key Cast||Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover, Diane Lane, Robert Urich|
|MPAA Rating||Not Rated|
|Genre(s)||Western, TV Miniseries, Drama, Adventure|
Robert Duvall Drives Cattle with Tommy Lee Jones in this Award-Winning Series
“Lonesome Dove” is a six-hour television mini-series starring Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones and Danny Glover. The series is based on the bestselling book of the same name by Larry McMurtry that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1986.
Robert Duvall stars as Captain Gus McCrae and Tommy Lee Jones is Captain Woodrow Call. Both men were once Texas Rangers but now operate a comfortable but modest cattle company near Lonesome Dove, Texas.
Another old Texas Ranger friend, Jack Spoon (Robert Urich) comes to visit and encourages them to give up their comfortable but somewhat boring life and take up the challenge of driving a herd of cattle from Lonesome Dove to Montana, a distance of 2,500 miles.
The lure of the cattle drive, and its unique opportunity for adventure (and possibly love), is too enticing for McCrae and Call to pass up. In order to have enough cattle for the undertaking, they steal a herd from a gang of rustlers before beginning their cross-country trek.
Along the way, they meet horse thieves, Native Americans seeking revenge and a slew of other problems and catastrophes. There’s also a second chance at romance for Gus McCrae and an interesting group of characters traveling along with them that make the journey memorable.
A highly-acclaimed western series, “Lonesome Dove” won numerous awards including seven Emmys, two Golden Globe awards and the coveted Western Heritage Bronze Wrangler Award for Best Television Series.
• “Lonesome Dove” is based on the book of the same name by Larry McMurtry that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1986. Quite interestingly, McMurtry did not plan to write the book “Lonesome Dove.” He originally wrote the story as a screenplay for a western movie starring John Wayne, James Stewart and Henry Fonda. The title of the original screenplay was “Streets of Laredo” which became the name of one of the sequels to “Lonesome Dove” (after it was a big hit as a television miniseries). In the original script, John Wayne was going to star as W.F. Call (Tommy Lee Jones’ character), James Stewart was going to be Gus McCrae (Robert Duvall’s character) and Henry Fonda was going to star as Jake Spoon (Robert Urich’s character). The original movie was scrapped after John Wayne decided not to do it.
• “Lonesome Dove” is actually the third in the series of Lonesome Dove stories. It was the first one made into a television movie series, but chronologically tells a later story about Gus and Woodrow. The actual order, in terms of timeline, for the Lonesome Dove series is as follows:
Dead Man’s Walk (prequel)
Commanche Moon (prequel)
Return to Lonesome Dove
Streets of Laredo
• Where did the name “Lonesome Dove” come from? In the movie, the town where Gus and Woodrow begin their journey is from Lonesome Dove, Texas, but where did Larry McMurtry get this name? According to a newspaper report, he first thought of the name while eating at a restaurant in Texas. He looked out the window and saw a van that said “Lonesome Dove Baptist Church” and the name “Lonesome Dove” stuck with him. The Lonesome Dove Baptist Church has been in Southlake, Texas since 1846.
• Lonesome Dove has won many prestigious awards and honors, including seven Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and the Western Heritage Bronze Wrangler Award for Best Television Series.
• The two Golden Globe Awards that Lonesome Dove won in 1990 were: Best Mini-Series or Made for Television Program and Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Mini-Series (Robert Duvall). The series was also nominated for two additional Golden Globes for performances by Tommy Lee Jones and Angelica Huston.
• The seven Emmy Awards won by Lonesome Dove were for: Outstanding Directing (Simon Wincer), Outstanding Casting, Outstanding Music Composition, Outstanding Costume Design, Outstanding Makeup, Outstanding Sound Editing, Outstanding Sound Mixing. The western series was also nominated for twelve additional Emmy Awards including acting nods for Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glove, Angelica Huston and Diane Lane.
“Lonesome Dove” is a highly-acclaimed TV miniseries starring Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones and Danny Glover that is based on the book of the same name by Larry McMurtry.
This multi-award-winning western series is certain to delight western movie fans!
With this Blu-ray Disc version of “Lonesome Dove”, you can watch this western series with the best picture quality currently available for home viewing.
Two Disc Collector’s Edition
This two-disc set also contains numerous bonus features, one of which is an interview with Pulitzer-Prize Winning author Larry McMurtry.
Additional bonus features are:
• Making Of “Lonesome Dove”
• Original Interviews On The Set of Lonesome Dove
• A New Interview With Director Simon Wincer
• Blueprint Of A Masterpiece Feature
• Interview Wtih Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Larry McMurtry who wrote Lonesome Dove and other top western movie stories
Lonesome Dove Book
Lonesome Dove Book
“Lonesome Dove: A Novel” by Larry McMurtry is the book that is the basis for the Lonesome Dove TV series. This book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1986 and is considered an American Classic.
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