Fancy Watching Lonesome Dove?
Lonesome Dove is a 4 part western mini-series. It was released February of 1989. You need to understand that at that time westerns were on the decline and so was the mini-series. But against all odds Lonesome Dove brought back the Genre and the format. How and why? Was it merely a fluke?
The main characters were played by Robert Duvall, Tommie Lee Jones, Danny Glover, Angelica Houston, and Dianne Lane. Needless to say it was a powerhouse cast. Most of these actors and actresses could pick the projects they wanted, and yet they picked a wild card.
The story is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning Novel “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry. It was adapted for television by William D. Wittliff and Directed by Simon Wincer. If the author was a heavyweight in his profession well so were the writer and the director.
It is a story about retired Texas Rangers and their mismatched gang. This included Call’s illegitimate and unrecognized son, a black tracker, a prostitute, a renegade, etc. When I said Texas Ranger, yes the ones wearing cowboy boots. And yes they ride horses. Call and Gus et al. run a livery in Lonesome Dove. Another former Texas Ranger who is on the run convinces them to relocate to Montana.
Why the Title?
Lonesome Dove is where it all began and were it concludes. By the end of the series, only Call is left. And you start thinking….”Was the journey worth it?” “Shouldn’t they have just stayed?” Some say their departure allowed most of the characters to burn out rather than fade away. Some say it is the story of sacrifice by Gus and Call so a new generation can live prosperously which is the real ending you should remember.
Lonesome Dove received numerous awards. It got 18 nominations, took 7 wins in the 1989 Emmy’s, as well as a slew of other awards. Needless to say the show revitalized the genre.
Why Should You Watch It?
To put it frankly, this show is in a class of its own. Nowadays, there is a lot of mini-series and there are a few westerns to booth. But trust me when I say the plot will have you watching in a marathon. In my opinion, Lonesome Dove is old enough that it is already considered a classic but recent enough to have a decent set, decent effects, and known actors who are still active today. Another plus point to Lonesome Dove is that it is now available in DVD and Blu-Ray.