Lonesome Dove: Spin-offs and Wannabes

18 Jan

Lonesome Dove Theme

Lonesome Dove : Spinoffs and Wannabes

The immense success and popularity of the Lonesome Dove (1989) Mini Series starring Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones spawned a veritable industry surrounding Larry McMurtry’s iconic characters Augustus ‘Gus’ McCrae (Duvall) and  Woodrow F. Call (Jones) that extends to this very day with obvious influences in several succeeding TV and Mini Series like Hell on Wheels – which seems to me to have ‘Dove‘ flavour written all over it – each attempting to recapture or exploit the magic of the original epic. Some succeed – to a degree. Others? … Not so well.

3? Successive ‘Dove‘ Mini Series – plus a TV show – have attempted to take us back.

All that being said let’s look at those who have portrayed McMurtry’s two main characters over the last 25 years.

I’ve debated over and over (with myself) whether I want to issue any commentary on Lonesome Dove itself – which has been covered extensively – and well – by other fans and Western critics – smarter than myself. But it seems some commentary is inevitable. So … I will get to that later.

Lonesome Dove IMDB

Lonesome Dove Rotten Tomatoes

In the meantime …

The four descendants of McMurtry’s saga:

Lonesome Dove (1989)
Lonesome Dove poster

Return to Lonesome Dove (1993) – set a year after the events of Lonesome Dove, isn’t affiliated with McMurtry in any way. He does not condone the movie nor approve of it.
Return to Lonesome Dove poster

Streets of Laredo (1995)
Dead Man’s Walk (1996)
Dead Mans Walk poster
Comanche Moon (2008)
Commanche Moon poster

4 Responses to “Lonesome Dove: Spin-offs and Wannabes”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong January 18, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    I don’t know about the best western ever made, though it’s certainly a very fine one … but it definitely is the LONGEST western ever made, the one with the MOST stars and episodes.

  2. jcalberta January 18, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    “Best Western ever made”? I sure wouldn’t say that. It’s good for sure, but …
    One of those stories that really needs a Mini Series to tell it properly.

  3. allen schattschneider June 7, 2019 at 9:46 pm #

    how did the ex rangers get to loneome dove? shows nothing about how gus was involved with his daughters mom or how newt was born and how he came to live with hi
    s dad

    • jcalberta June 7, 2019 at 9:59 pm #

      I think this is a typical problem when a TV show or Movie is portrayed from a book. The books pretty well always have greater Character development.

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