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Gunsmoke Movie Collection (Return to Dodge/The Last Apache/To the Last Man) (1987)

James Arness , Amanda Blake , Charles Correll , Jerry Jameson  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Arness, Amanda Blake, Buck Taylor, Fran Ryan, Earl Holliman
  • Directors: Charles Correll, Jerry Jameson, Vincent McEveety
  • Writers: Earl W. Wallace, Jim Byrnes
  • Producers: John Mantley, Larry Rapaport, Stanley Hough
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
  • Run Time: 299 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001NBND4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,867 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gunsmoke Movie Collection (Return to Dodge/The Last Apache/To the Last Man)" on IMDb

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James Arness, Pat Hingle, Michael Learned. Take three trips back to the Old West alongside James Arness as he reprises his unforgettable role of Marshall Matt Dillion in these TV movies based on the classic show. Includes Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987/100 min.), Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (1990/94 min.) and Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (1992/91 min.). 3 DVDs. Color/NR/fullscreen.

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great DVD collection May 11, 2004
By A Customer
Just watched the Gunsmoke movie collection and all three movies are excellent. Return To Dodge is my favorite, but Last Apache is damn good too. All three movies hit the mark. Arness had seen better days, but his performance is top notch in all of these. He looks older than the mountains he rides past, but I liked him more as Matt in these movies than on the Gunsmoke show. The show was classic, but Arness' personality and character got better with age. Too bad all five Gunsmoke movies aren't in this set, but Return and Last Apache are the must haves for my collection. I'm glad to have 'em on DVD. This is a fantastic set.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marshall Dillon Heroic Profile December 27, 2008
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James Arness portrayed the western's most stable hero for years on television. The character Marshall Dillon was presented as very human but very dedicated to serving law and people. Similar to Launcelot in the Arthur Legends, Dillon fought for right and kept himself for one woman throughout his television series days as sheriff of Dodge City. In these movies, the archetypal hero is beyond Dodge City as sheriff, but he never fails to be that man big enough to do the right thing for everyone as he deals with his own problems. These three movies take him through the loneliness of a single life to the addition of offspring he never knew he had and a marriage that allows the aged hero to reap the joys of love and parenthood after nurturing others for so many years. While some of the action obviously shows Dillon doing things that would be too physically demanding for a man of his age, it is fitting that the toughest man in Dodge City doesn't deteriorate in determination or skill in fighting and shooting. Seeing Miss Kitty and Matthew Dillon as wrinkled as the rest of us is a little sad, but the spirit with which the heroism continues is a beautiful reminder that there is a little bit of hero in nearly all of us.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars gunsmoke movie collection July 13, 2004
All 3 movies were very good. My favourite was return to dodge. It was based on the series episode Mannon, which was a very good episode. The series was one of the best shows on television. The stories would still hold up today. The movies in my opinion were weak versions of the TV episodes. I am glad the movies are out on DVD but only because I hope it leads to getting TV episodes on DVD. It would be like a choice for lets say seinfeld fans having a choice between 3 seinfeld movies over a box set of the whole series. I think that would be an easy choice. Or choosing between 3 law and order movies over a box set of the whole series, another easy choice. I will take the movies for now, and I will probably buy the other 2, and they are all good, but I really want the whole series on DVD eventually. I just bought have gun will travel first season, it didn't come yet, I will probably like it but I bought it mainly for a vote to get some of these great classic western series on DVD, mainly gunsmoke. Most of the old TV series released on DVD are pretty weak TV, I hope to see old TV shows that had a good run and were popular, and gunsmoke was the perfect example of this. I hope to see it soon.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blowback for a retired peace officer August 7, 2008
By maurice
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There were five made-for-TV Gunsmoke movies. These three have something
in common. They refer to long-lasting, bitter conflicts in the Old West
with repercussions even today.

Return To Dodge is a continuation of an episode in TV series. The TV
episode provides a key item of information not repeated in the movie.
Ex-marshal Matt Dillon's arch-antagonist, Will Mannon, was the
blood-thirstiest pistolero riding with Quantrill. To this day, Quantrill
and the Border Ruffians raises hackles between the descendants of
Kansans and Missourians in the prelude to the Civil War.

The Last Apache deals with the predicament of unsurrendered Native
Americans. Ex-marshal Matt Dillon encountered the die-hard wrath of the
last of these in this movie. Even today, the issues are not completely
resolved.

To The Last Man is based on the notorious war between cattlemen and the
sheepmen that lead to the exterminative Pleasant Valley War. Ex-marshal
Dillon and his daughter Beth are caught up reluctantly in the crossfire.
The battle between cattlemen and sheepmen lasted a long time, but may not
be entirely past. Environmental and climate stresses may see this type of
struggle for scarce natural resources re-emerge in the West.

These three movies will be entertaining and edifying Gunsmoke fans, old
and new, for long time to come.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Matt Dillon still rules! November 15, 2010
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These TV movies evoke the "Gunsmoke" aura (and era) for anyone who loved the original series. James Arness, Amanda Blake, Buck Taylor and other recognizable Western character actors will be warmly welcomed back by Dodge City afficionados as you are brought up to date with Matt Dillon's odyssey post-Dodge City. Of particular interest to series fans is the "Return to Dodge City," in which one of the classic badmen who crossed Matt's trail is brought back for a final showdown. With apologies to Roy and Dale, "happy trails" while watching these fine examples of the Western television genre....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gun smoke movie collection September 1, 2013
By rosie
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It was great, but kind of sad, to see Matt & Kitty older........but really enjoyed it!!

I really would just rather rate these with "stars" instead of having to write on everything I buy, so I won't be rating any further.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Must see for all fans of Gunsmoke
Published 1 month ago by J. Edsall
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed!
We are big Gunsmoke fans, but these movies are not the same quality as the TV shows. Very disappointing!
Published 1 month ago by ccwms
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with the prompt delivery of this movie collection
Very happy with the prompt delivery of this movie collection, it was a gift for Father's Day and it was just what I was looking for as a gift. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Chew
4.0 out of 5 stars Gunsmoke
The video was cool, but the case was broken inside. I was always a fan of Gunsmoke so this just fulfills my Gunsmoke junky needs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by B. Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite show on TV.
We always eat supper with Matt and Kitty
All the characters are special to us. Will always love a western
Published 2 months ago by Thomas Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift to my Dad!
My dad loves to watch Gunsmoke! Never knew there was movies made later after the show was off the air. Dvd played great with no problems.
Published 2 months ago by maxowl
5.0 out of 5 stars Matt Dillon Rocks!
If you were a fan of Gunsmoke or Mr. Dillon, you will love these movies! James Arness was the ultimate hero-marshal of all time!
Published 3 months ago by Ellen Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Gotta love Matt Dillon! I had never seen these movies before. My husband and I both enjoy Matt Dillon. Thanks for offering good movies.
Published 4 months ago by budge
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movies
If you like Gunsmoke you will enjoy these movies with James Arness, Good movies, for the entire family without cursing, and nudity!!!
Published 5 months ago by T. Potter
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining movies
Good movies for post TV series Gunsmoke and interesting cast of well known celebrities such as Buck Taylor who played Newly in the these movies.
Published 5 months ago by JPE
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