Skip to content

Midnight Movie: Lonesome Dove #2/4 (1989) – Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones,Danny Glover,

21/01/2019

Epic TV Western mini-series, good cast and highly regarded

From Wikipedia

Lonesome Dove received an overwhelmingly positive reception with critics and audience alike.

The New York Times commented that:

This six-hour miniseries, based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Larry McMurtry, revitalized both the miniseries and Western genres, both of which had been considered dead for several years…. Lonesome Dove earned 18 Emmy nominations and inspired a pair of miniseries sequel as well as two attempts at an ongoing television series

Part 2 On The Trail

The young Irishman soon succumbs to his numerous snakebites, dies, and is buried. While travelling through a forest in east Texas, Roscoe encounters Janey, a young girl fleeing from an old abusive “owner”. As they travel together they are robbed, when luckily Sheriff Johnson happens to catch up with them. Meanwhile, Johnson’s wife Elmira arrives by boat at Bent’s Fort, Colorado, and sets off overland across the plains with two hunters she has befriended.

Meanwhile, the camp’s cook refuses to cross the river after Sean O’Brien’s mishap, so Gus and Call head into San Antonio in search of a new cook. They soon find Po Campo, who gets the job after impressing Gus and Call not only with his cooking, but with his attitude. On the way back, Gus catches up with Lorie, whom Jake has abandoned in order to go gambling in Austin. Before he returns, Gus and Lorie encounter Blue Duck, a notorious Mexican/Indian bandit from Gus and Call’s Ranger days. After Gus sends Newt over to Lorie’s camp to guard her, Blue Duck knocks Newt unconscious, kidnaps Lorie, and attempts to sell/barter her to a gang of Comanchero bandits camped on the Llano Estacado.

Knowing that Gus is in pursuit, Blue Duck asks the Comancheros to kill Gus when he arrives, with Lorie being their reward. Gus and the bandits engage in a brief gun battle that quickly turns into a stalemate. Gus, having killed his horse for cover on the flat plains, is pinned down by the bandits’ gunfire until nightfall, when Sheriff Johnson’s party arrives and scares them off. Johnson, despite Gus’s protests, joins Gus in the rescue of Lorie. The pair then ride to a hilltop above the Comancheros’ camp. After a brief one-sided gunfight, in which Gus kills all of Blue Duck’s gang, Lorie is rescued.

But while Gus and Johnson are away, Blue Duck uses his knife to kill deputy Roscoe, Janey, and Joe. He then steals their horses and escapes. The tearful Sheriff, with Gus’s help, buries them all. Gus and Lorie ride north to rejoin Call and the herd. After being severely traumatized by her capture, Lorie now regards Gus as her primary protector. Meanwhile, in a saloon in Fort Worth, oblivious of Lorie’s ordeal, Jake Spoon falls in with a gang that are headed north to rob banks in Kansas.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: