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The epic as big as the West continues

Reese Witherspoon as Ferris Dunnigan

Creator: Based on characters created in Larry McMurtry’s western novel ‘Lonesome Dove’
Director: Mike Robe
Writer: John Wilder
Genre: Western,
Filming: Filmed in Montana from late May/early June to August 1993.
Runtime: 340 minutes, split into 4 episodes





Rick Schroder … as Newt Dobbs
Oliver Reed … as Gregor Dunnigan
William Petersen … as Gideon Walker
Jon Voight … as Woodrow F. Call
Barbara Hershey … as Clara Allen
Chris Cooper … as July Johnson
Louis Gossett Jr. … as Isom Pickett
Nia Peeples … as Augostina Vega
Timothy Scott … as Pea Eye Parker
Barry Tubb … as Jasper Fant
Dennis Haysbert … as Cherokee Jack Jackson
C.C.H Pounder … as Sara Pickett
Dylan Baker … as Nigel Winston


International Air Dates

One episode aired daily on CBS from November 14th to November 18th 1993.



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Reese’s Role & Episode Information

Episode #1 – ‘The Vision’
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Episode #2 – ‘The Forge”

Episode #3 – ‘The Legacy”

Episode #4 – ‘The Passing”



• This is an ‘unofficial’ sequel to the massively successful 1989 TV mini-series Lonesome Dove. Return To Lonesome Dove was followed by TV series Lonesome Dove: The Series (1994) and Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years (1995), neither of which involved Reese.

• Nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Special for Kees Van Oostrum, won at the American Society of Cinematographers Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Mini-Series for Kees Van Oostrum.


Quotes » Reese, Cast & Crew

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Quotes » Character

Ferris: “Did you ever want anything so bad you’d do anything to get it?”



Chicago Tribune: “There’s the evil landowner (Oliver Reed) and his young wife (Reese Witherspoon), both fond of Newt in, respectively, paternal and romantic ways. There’s Gus’ half-Mexican daughter (Nia Peeples), hiding her identity on the trail and waiting to kill Call. All of them lack complexity, and most speak their lines as if auditioning to be impressionists in Vegas lounge shows.”

Entertainment Weekly: “Return works up a love interest for Newt—Reese Witherspoon as the flirtatious wife of a ranch owner—but doesn’t develop this character beyond the sad puppy he was the first go-round. Stick around for seven hours and you’ll find that this is a perfectly decent Western; you might even shed a tear or two. But you’ll also know that, when it’s finished, a grand piece of TV mythmaking has been reduced to a horse opera. C+”

The Movie Scene: “But all of these actors and others including Oliver Reed, Louis Gossett Jr. and a young Reese Witherspoon do a good job and deliver superior characterisation than you normally expect from a made for TV western.”

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