Not completely happy with these … but still some fun.
Felt like I better mention that Streets of Laredo did justly claim a few awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy Award 1996
Nominated for Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries or a Special
Lynn Kressel (casting director)
Nominated for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries or a Special
An Emmy Award recognizes excellence in the television industry.
Won American Society of Cinematographers, USA 1996
Won ASC Award Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Mini-Series
Edward J. Pei
ASC membership has become one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a professional cinematographer.
Nominated for Casting Society of America, USA 1996
Nominated Best Casting for TV Miniseries
Won Lone Star Film & Television Award 1996
Won Lone Star Film & Television Award
Best TV Teleplay Larry McMurtry Diana Ossana For Dead Man’s Walk
The Lone Star EMMY Chapter represents the best and brightest television and media professionals from all disciplines of the industry and from all of Texas’ 19 television markets.
Nominated for NCLR Bravo Award 1996
Nominated Outstanding Individual Performance in Made for Television Movie or Mini-Series
The NCLR Bravo Awards honor the actors and directors who promote positive portrayals of Hispanics in the media.
The NCLR Bravo Awards are the predecessor to the Alma Awards.
Won Western Heritage Award / Bronze Wrangler 1996
The Bronze Wrangler is an award presented annually by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to honor the top works in Western music,film, television and literature.
Television Feature Film
Suzanne De Passe (executive producer)
Robert Halmi Jr. (executive producer)
Larry McMurtry (executive producer)
Diana Ossana (executive producer)
Larry Levinson (producer)
Joseph Sargent (director)
James Garner (principal actor)
Sissy Spacek (principal actor)
Sam Sheppard (principal actor)
James Garner Westerns: Streets of Laredo: Cast
“Capt. Woodrow F. Call: I will not tolerate rude behaviour!”
Fortunately, Streets of Laredo is chock full of rude behaviour.
I selected this version of the very famous song The Streets of Laredo by Ed Bruce (http://www.edbrucemusic.com/) (writer of “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” and “You’re the Best Break This Old Heart Ever Had“) because Bruce is a close friend and co-hort of James Garner. And I like it.
Larry McMurtry’s Streets of Laredo • Official Trailer • Miniseries
I have no problem understanding what people like about McMurtry’s writings: Lonesome Dove (1986 Pulitzer Prize winner) etc. of which Streets of Laredo is part of his enduring saga of Woodrow Call – and others – It’s the people in his stories. They are fully realized and believable. Real. And we like them and admire them. His people are honest, hard working, caring, loyal, honest … good people. Not perfect in any way – but good. They have standards and they have a code – and they stick by – and stick together. We come to care about them and relate quite a bit with them – I hope. McMurty’s stories are good too – filled with these interesting characters and his great knack for excellent dialogue. No problem finding quotes in his writing.
Streets of Laredo is excellent. Streets of Laredo starts out with a coyote howling in the sunset and plaintive death march of the song Streets of Laredo … giving a sense of loss – that something is ending rather than beginning. And in the opening scene we see the no longer young Woodrow Call (Garner) preparing for a journey … his last quest ??
They don’t usually make many posters and such for TV events (tell that to Game of Thrones) so we often have to rely on DVD covers and the like for any promotional images. As such:
Notice anything about one of these DVD images?
It’s reversed. Yes. This is something that you encounter
very often on the internet – reversed images. Why? I don’t know.
It’s annoying. For one thing it’s dishonest. Secondly, sometimes
you can’t tell which is the honest/correct/original image.
Why do people do this? It can’t be done accidentally.
It’s a head scratcher … ??
” … a considerably better-than-average Western . . . even if it isn’t quite the same caliber as “Lonesome Dove.” It hooked me right from the beginning, and that’s worth something. Like the best mini-series, “Streets of Laredo” depends upon strong characters to make the difference, and they do.”
“Alexis Cruz does a fantastic job as the child killer, but so does Randy Quaid as John Wesley Hardin and Ned Beatty as the self-appointed law west of the Pecos, Judge Roy Bean. Even comedian George Carlin turns in a decent performance as grizzled carryover from “Lonesome Dove.”
Bottom Line: As a stand-alone mini-series, “Streets of Laredo” merits a high 7 to a low 8 out of 10. As a sequel? It’s probably not going to satisfy anyone looking for consistency from film to film. But I think the first point trumps the second. Always.”
If interested in finding Streets of Laredo you’ll have no problem – it’s freely available on YouTube – all 3 parts in blazing Hi Res that you can watch right on your computer – though I downloaded it and Rose and I enjoyed watching it on her big screen TV.
That’s enough for today …