Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Danny Glover, Anjelica Huston. The riveting Emmy Award-winning Western saga based on the novel by Larry McMurtry. Includes Part 1: Leaving," Part 2: On the Trail," Part 3: The Plains" and Part 4: Return." 2 Discs. 1989/color/6 hrs., 12 min/NR.
The making of an epic Original interview on the set A new interview with director Simon Wincer
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Lonesome Dove effectively uses its television mini-series format to capture the sprawl and the scope of Larry McMurtry's source novel. The ensemble cast, led by stellar performances from Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall, is uniformly strong, and director Simon Wincer skillfully keeps the proceeding moving. Long out of favor as a storytelling format, the Western made an unexpected comeback in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with such films as Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven and Kevin Costner's Dances With Wolves taking home Best Picture Oscars. Lonesome Dove was the best of several television efforts to cash in on this trend, which had vanished again by the mid-1990s. ~ Richard Gilliam, Rovi