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Return to Lonesome Dove

1 Season

Season 1
4.5 out of 5 stars (334) IMDb 7.2/10

Return to the story that captured both the spirit of the Old West and the hearts of America. Picking up after the seven-time Emmy Award-winning mini-series, Lonesome Dove, Return to Lonesome Dove is based on characters created by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry. Like its successor, this epic mini-series features an all-star cast including Jon Voight (Noah's Ark), Barbara Hershey (Beaches), Rick Schroder (Lonesome Dove), Louis Gossett, Jr. (An Officer and A Gentleman), Oliver Reed (Gladiator) and Reese Witherspoon (Election) continuing the sweeping story of three ex-Texas Rangers. After returning the body of Gus McCrae to Lonesome Dove, Woodrow Call takes on the challenge of driving a herd of wild mustangs 2500 miles north to the Hat Creek Ranch in Montana. In his travels, however, Gus will be forced to endure tragedy, triumph, despair and deceit before he ever gets there.

Starring:
Jon Voight, Barbara Hershey

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Season 1

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1. The Vision

Part one. Mini-series sequel to the acclaimed Western drama.

TV-NR Runtime: 1 hour, 31 minutes Release date: November 14, 1993

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2. The Forge

Part two of four. Gideon Walker and his group are not short of problems as the children become ill, Agostina kills two US cavalrymen who try to rape her and Cherokee Jack beheads the chief drover.

TV-NR Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes Release date: November 15, 1993

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3. The Legacy

Dunnegan (Oliver Reed) tells Newt (Rick Schroder) he considers him a son; Gideon (William Petersen) confides to Clara (Barbara Hershey) that Agostina (Nia Peeples) is Gus' daughter; Call makes Agostina a partner in the Hat Creek Ranch.

TV-NR Runtime: 1 hour, 25 minutes Release date: November 16, 1993

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4. The Passing

Innocents become caught in the crossfire as the hostilities increase, and Newt Dobbs considers his unlooked-for inheritance before he begins to think about who he should support in the range war that looks increasingly likely to take place. Last in series

TV-NR Runtime: 1 hour, 17 minutes Release date: November 17, 1993

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Admittedly, there will never be another one like the original LONESOME DOVE. Tommy Lee Jones is, arguably, irreplaceable as the irascible Woodrow F. Call and, fortunately, with Gus's demise in the original we didn't have to worry about a replacement for Robert Duvall in the role of Augustus McCrae.

So let's just put all that aside when considering RETURN TO LONESOME DOVE, shall we?

From the standpoint of the purists, no, this is not the official-Larry-McMurtry-written sequel to his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. But who cares?! I certainly don't. DEADMAN'S WALK, COMANCHE MOON and STREETS OF LAREDO, the actual McMurty-written co-volumes in the saga, are not diminished in the least by RETURN... Keep that carefully in mind.

This movie, when seen in the right light -- without the biases that naturally arise among the LONESOME DOVE faithful and viewed, for all intents and purposes, as an independent film -- is a truly wonderful Western! The characters are compelling and interesting and the story is certainly a worthy epilog to the original LONESOME DOVE.

Woodrow F. Call, played by John Voight, is returning from his pilgrimage to bury McCrae and determines to take something back. He decides to drive a herd of Texas mustangs to Montana in order to continue his activities in the horse business. Characteristically Call would certainly do this in order to view things as not being a total waste. The story blossoms nicely as he adds former Texas Ranger, Gideon Walker, played wonderfully by a younger William Peterson, now of CSI fame, and Isom Pickett, a horseman and rancher played by Louis Gossett, Jr., to assist in the adventure. And, like the original, RETURN...
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I once read that when Larry McMurtry saw RETURN TO LONESOME DOVE he was so enraged he responded by writing "Streets of Laredo." A Lonesome Dove fan such as myself can only speculate what kind of sequel might have been written had "Return" never hit the airwaves. Maybe the characters of Newt and July Johnson would have survived into such a sequel; perhaps the Hat Creek Cattle Company would have flourished in Montana, rather than Call having to go back to Texas to eek out a living as a bounty hunter. But I digress.
RETURN TO LONESOME DOVE tries hard, very hard, to deliver a story worthy enough to follow the original mini-series. And with gifted actors like Jon Voight, Oliver Reed, and Louis Gossett, Jr., it certainly had the star power. But instead, this sequel goes down the road of "been there, done that": another livestock drive from Texas to Montana (only this time, the animals are wild horses); another murderous half-breed villain (Dennis Haysbert as "Cherokee Jack"); and a "new" Gus McRae in the form of Ranger Gideon Walker (William Peterson). We also are given a bonus storyline centering around Gus' illegitimate daughter, appropriately named Augustina Vega (Nia Peeples), who hates her late father and is obsessed to confront Call, who she believes is responsible for the death of her mother. Throw a grumpy and petulant Clara Allen (Barbara Hershey) into the mix, and RETURN TO LONESOME DOVE comes across as contrived and as palatable as a piece of horse leather.
The cast does well with what it has to work with, and to be fair, the film does contain some poignant and entertaining moments. But RETURN TO LONESOME DOVE's most glaring fault is the fact that it was made at all. The producers should have adhered to the old adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
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I have seen all the Lonesome Dove movies and although this one is a spin-off from the others, it's still is a great story. Jon Voight plays a very convincing Capt. Call considering what he had to follow up to. I still would have liked to seen him lose his temper and beat somebody up who acted rude. (I mean who can top Tommy Lee Jones's performance?) This film like the others, really portrayed the harshness of the western frontier and the tough men who had to shape it. Although Barbara Hershey wasn't the plainswomen that Anjelica Houston was, her role was admirable as well. I found it fitting that in the end, Call did reveal his paternity to Newt and Newt had to go off on his own to find his dream. Great plot, good bad guys, and a fitting ending make Return To Lonesome Dove a must see for any Lonesome Dove fan.
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By A Customer on June 27, 2004
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After watching the sequel to one of my favorite movies of all time, I'd have to say that I have many mixed feelings. Although not a terrible movie, it doesn't come close to the original. Something about this movie really bothered me, but I couldn't put my finger on exactly what it was. I think it may have been mostly due to casting. After becoming attached to many of the original characters, I found it distracting to try and adjust to a new actor/actress portraying them. I did however like the character of Gideon and wished he had been in the original movie. I also enjoyed Reese Witherspoon and wished she could have been in the original as well. As much as I like Jon Voight, his performance paled in comparison to that of Tommy Lee Jones in the original. Hard to believe Jon Voight was the original choice for the original Lonesome Dove, huh? I also found the children that came along for the drive to Montana to be a distraction as well. All in all I'd have to say that it's worth a view. After all, the cinematography and music alone are breathtaking.
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