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  • Actors: Tom Selleck, Isabella Rossellini, Keith Carradine, George Eads, Robert Carradine
  • Directors: Simon Wincer
  • Writers: David Zelag Goodman, Jack Schaefer, Lukas Heller, Michael Brandman, Robert B. Parker
  • Producers: Bobby Roberts, John Albanis
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009N1WI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,895 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Monte Walsh" on IMDb

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Times change, Monte Walsh doesn't. For him, being a cowboy isn't a job, it's a life. And that's something the fenced-in, corporate-bean-counting ways of the onrushing 20th century must never alter. Tom Selleck plays Monte, struggling to continue the life he knows while seeing the new era nudge the cowboy way toward history's dustbin. Lonesome Dove Emmy winner Simon Wincer directs this Western featuring a superb supporting cast and based on a novel by the author of Shane.

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Tom Selleck is at his iconic best in this made-for-cable remake of Monte Walsh, a poignant Western about the passing of an American age and the people attached to it. Selleck plays the title character, a career cowboy whose rhythms are aligned with the seasons and the annual herding of cattle from Wyoming to Texas. Faithful to his ways, loyal to his best friend (Keith Carradine), and satisfied with his part-time romance with an ailing, aging saloon girl (Isabella Rosselini), Walsh is happy until his 1890s world rapidly unravels. Eastern corporations are buying up land and shutting down ranches; trains are shuttling livestock faster than an army of cowhands. Walsh can't accommodate the future, and those closest to him are moving on. Director Simon Wincer (Lonesome Dove) masterfully balances the epic and elegaic, Selleck is perfect as a fading footnote to history, and Monte Walsh becomes a universal tale of loss and integrity. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews

This movie is well done and superbly acted.
Kelly K. Dunn
It's a beautiful film with Monte experiencing the highs and lows we all go through in life,; hard work, good times, celebration and loss.
Jack Timber
I gave this movie to my dad for Christmas, he loved it.
Gentle Spirit

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By DWD's Reviews VINE VOICE on October 4, 2004
Format: DVD
This is not a plot-driven movie so much as it is a portrait of that moment in time when the Old West was disappearing and the men who made the Old West what it was had to adjust, die or just fade away.

It is beautifully shot and there is a lot of attention to detail. If one is looking for a ton of action, this is not the western you are looking for. But, if you love cowboy movies this one is a real treat. It would make the watcher wistful for those days when the horse ruled the west, except that you know that Monte Walsh would have none of that pointless sentiment.

No living actor looks more like a cowboy should than Tom Selleck and I'd be thrilled if he focused on those movies for the rest of his career.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 2003
Format: DVD
Not since Will Penny starring Charlton Heston has there been a western that defies the stereotypes and presents a story that requires some thought--real thought. The thinking person's western doesn't get a lot of attention but when it does...well, Monte Walsh with Tom Selleck is all the evidence that you need.
Don't get me wrong, I love a good, classic, predictable western as much as the next armchair cowboy. But Monte Walsh, and, especially Tom Selleck in the role, is a breath of fresh air. It's too bad that Mr. Selleck wasted all that time on Magnum PI (okay, I loved that too) when he should have been defining the new western hero as he has done with Quigley Down Under, Crossfire Trail and, now, Monte Walsh.
Along with Selleck, great performances by Isabella Rosselini, Keith Carradine, William Devane, Robert Carradine, George Eads, and Marshall Teague assure us that, whether it is on the silver screen or on the open plains of Wyoming or Montana, the Cowboy Spirit rides on.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joe TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 10, 2006
Format: DVD
Directed by Simon Wincer (LONESOME DOVE, QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER, CROSSFIRE TRAIL, INTO THE WEST), MONTE WALSH, which won the 2004 Bronze Wrangler Award for Outstanding Television Feature Film, didn't even register as a faint blip on my radar when it was first released. I'm glad that I've since come across it.

Tom Selleck, in the title role, is an aging cowboy at the turn of the 19th century. Arriving back in town after wintering on the range minding a cattle herd, Monte and his trail pardner, Chet Rollins (Keith Carradine), learn that the hard season has broken the backs of the local ranch owners and their spreads are being bought up by a consortium of Eastern dudes. Jobs are scarce, but Walsh and Rollins are hired by Cal Brennan (William Devane), a former owner now managing the consortium's local holding. Cowboys are a dying breed and, as Monte and Chet soon discover, times only get tougher as even the distant bosses can't show a profit.

Ostensibly in Wyoming but actually filmed in the gorgeous Canadian Rockies, MONTE WALSH is a bittersweet tale of a man, supremely talented in a very narrow niche, finding himself outliving his best friend (Chet), his long-time lover, the aging saloon whore "Countess" Martine (Isabella Rossellini), and his own ability to earn a living in the only craft he's ever known.

Except for Selleck, Carradine, and Devane, the film is populated by actors that you may not recognize, though it's good to see again Barry Corbin (Deputy Roscoe Brown in LONESOME DOVE) as Bob the Storekeeper and William Sanderson (Lippy in LONESOME DOVE, E.B Farnum in DEADWOOD, and Larry of NEWHART) as the odiferous ranch cook, Skimpy.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Kelly K. Dunn on August 19, 2003
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Monte Walsh is a welcomed reminder that this country really did have men with fortitude and integrity. The story of course is a tragedy in the sense that an era was coming to an unfortunate end. This movie is well done and superbly acted. The Western is NOT dead - neither is the American ideal of pride in one's work, loyalty towards one's friends, and compromise is NOT worth ANY price.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Joe on September 10, 2003
Format: DVD
Such a rarity to see a story told with with respect. It was a joy viewing this movie and not having your intelligence or heritage insulted, with insane anti-Western P.C. foul scenes and lines added, for no reason other than for Bolshevik anti-Western reasons.. This movie was worth every one of my hard earned dollars I spent on it. I do not have cable because of what is on it to me is so sophomoric,and in my opinion is damaging to family and Western Cilvilization. I want to thank Tom Selleck for telling a story that entertained, and also caused one to ponder lifes serious side too, yet had some laughs and smiles, that is so needed in these times. No I am not connected to this movie or the movie business in any way, these are my honest opinions, but if your like me and only buy a very few movies in year, and hate being ripped off, here is a DVD movie you will feel good about and reflective about the story too, this one is worth the purchase. Tom Selleck also did this movie out his own pocket too, from what I read. He is a good man.. Enjoy this one friends..
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Keith Ducklin on June 8, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie has just premiered on cable TV in the UK, and I've no hesitation in rating it as one of the best westerns I've ever seen: beautifully shot, scripted and acted, and much less pessimistic than the original Lee Marvin vehicle. Yet again, Simon Wincer proves himself a western director in the tradition of John Ford, and in Tom Selleck he has found a leading man to surpass even John Wayne. I've just advance-ordered my DVD copy, and I can't wait!
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