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Lonesome Dove: Miniseries (1989)



Critic Consensus: Headlined by Robert Duvall's sublimely rowdy performance, Lonesome Dove brings Larry McMurtry's beloved book to resounding life in an epic treatment that broadens the possibilities of what the silver screen is capable of.


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Series 1 follows two former Texas rangers Gus McRae and Woodrow Call, as they decide to move cattle from the south to Montana after learning of the incredible opportunities for cattle ranching.


Robert Duvall
as Augustus `Gus' McCrae
Tommy Lee Jones
as Woodrow F. Call
Danny Glover
as Joshua Deets
D.B. Sweeney
as Dish Boggett
Anjelica Huston
as Clara Allen
Chris Cooper
as July Johnson
Diane Lane
as Lorena Wood
Rick Schroder
as Newt Dobbs
James McMurtry
as Jimmy Rainey
Barry Corbin
as Roscoe Brown
Robert Urich
as Jake Spoon
Tim Scott
as Pea Eye Parker
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Critic Reviews for Lonesome Dove: Miniseries

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (26)

It is, simply, unforgettable television drama, proof that the medium at its best is the equal of any other.

October 7, 2021 | Full Review…

The show has enough emotional peaks and valleys to mirror a silhouette of the Rocky Mountains. Tommy Lee Jones, Anjelica Huston, Diane Lane and Ricky Schroder all do excellent work, and Robert Duvall earns a guaranteed Emmy.

October 6, 2021 | Full Review…

This is superb TV entertainment and a major video achievement.

October 6, 2021 | Full Review…

Pokey, jokey, smokey, but never hokey, Lonesome Dove is like the longest story anyone ever told you over a campfire, a sustained anecdote about the Old West that's probably the most purely enjoyable miniseries ever made.

October 6, 2021 | Full Review…

Even if following 2,600 cattle and two pigs on a 2,500-mile march to Montana isn't your idea of fun, you'll want to saddle up for Lonesome Dove, a magnificent tapestry of thundering herds, Big Sky sunsets, cowboy camaraderie and tumbleweed pathos.

October 6, 2021 | Full Review…

Even in television, miracles do happen. Such an event is the faithful adaptation of Larry McMurtry's superb novel Lonesome Dove, which CBS has turned into an exquisite eight-hour miniseries of epic dimension that can easily be considered a TV masterpiece.

October 6, 2021 | Full Review…

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