What are some interesting facts about the 1989 miniseries Lonesome Dove?
The epic Western miniseries Lonesome Dove was a smash hit with both audiences and critics alike when it debuted on CBS in 1989. Here’s a collection of interesting facts about this legendary production.
Tommy Lee rides for real. Tommy Lee Jones, who portrayed Woodrow F. Call, owns a ranch in Texas, breeding horses and cattle, so he completely refused to use a stunt double for any of the riding scenes.
Speaking of real riding scenes, the producers decided to use real ranch horses in the miniseries. When the effect of bullets hit below Gus McCrae’s horse, the response was genuine, and Robert Duvall was really bucked off! Because it lent itself to the authenticity everyone desired, the cameras continued rolling, and the shot was kept in the final cut.
Original plans. Written first by Larry McMurtry in 1971 as the script to a feature film, Lonesome Dove was penned with other stars in mind than Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones. McMurtry intended for John Wayne to play Woodrow Call, James Stewart to play Gus McCrae, and Henry Fonda to play Jake Spoon, with Peter Bogdanovich at the helm as director. Wayne turned down the project, which caused the idea to be shelved for the next decade. Eventually, McMurtry bought the script back, and wrote the book (on which the 1989 mini-series was based).
Studios turned down the idea of a miniseries initially. In 1985, producer Suzanne De Passe bought the rights to McMurtry’s unpublished novel for $50,000, with the idea of releasing a companion miniseries alongside the book. Unfortunately, De Passe was turned down by every major network in America. But after the novel was published and became such a massive success, including winning the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, all of the networks that had turned her down contacted her quickly to try to persuade her to make the miniseries on their network. There was a brief period of time after the novel won the Pulitzer when screenwriter John Milius and director John Huston were attempting to adapt the story into a feature film, but network CBS agreed to a deal with Suzanne De Passe on the miniseries idea. John Huston still had a personal stake in the production though, as daughter Anjelica Huston was cast in the role of Clara Allen.
Role Reversal. Originally, Tommy Lee Jones was to play Gus, and Robert Duvall to play Call, but after Duvall actually read the book, he decided he would much rather play Gus, and the roles were switched.
Speaking of role changes, there were several sequels to the series that recast the iconic roles. Two sequels, Return to Lonesome Dove (1993), and Streets of Laredo (1995) were produced to continue the story, and were followed by prequels to the original, titled Dead Man’s Walk (1996), and Comanche Moon (2008). All of these were based on additions to the novel series by McMurtry, except for the first sequel, Return to Lonesome Dove. According to rumors, McMurtry was actually unhappy with CBS crediting his involvement, as he had nothing to do with the production. The Streets of Laredo miniseries that aired two years later and was actually an adaptation of his writing ignored the events of Return to Lonesome Dove.
Real Life Inspirations. Woodrow Call’s final line, “A hell of a vision,” was taken from J. Frank Dobie’s book Cow People and is a quote the author attributed to real life Texas cattle baron Charles Goodnight, who was the inspiration for Call’s character. Goodnight’s cattle-driving partner Oliver Loving was the inspiration for Robert Duvall’s character, Gus McCrae. Similar to McCrae in the story, Loving died of blood poisoning after being wounded by arrows. Goodnight carried his friend’s body back to Texas for a proper burial, just like Call does for Gus. Charles Goodnight was even featured in a small scene as a character in McMurtry’s novel.
The Wittliff Collection. As a part of screenwriter Bill Wittliff’s donation to the library at Texas State University San Marcos, many of the costumes and props are on public display as part of “The Wittliff Collection.” Fans can see items from the show that include Gus McCrae’s outfit and Colt Walker 1847 revolver.
St. Elmo’s Fire. During the storm that hits early into the cattle drive, the herd of cows are struck by lightning, which is then conducted from cow to cow through the tips of their horns. This is a real phenomenon, known as “St. Elmo’s Fire”.
Lonesome Dove - TV miniseries - was created on 1989-02-05.
Lonesome Dove - 1989 On the Trail - 1.2 was released on: USA: 6 February 1989 Japan: 16 December 1989 (video premiere)
Lonesome Dove - 1989 Return 1-4 was released on: USA: 8 February 1989 Japan: 16 December 1989 (video premiere)
Lonesome Dove - 1989 On the Trail 1-2 is rated/received certificates of: Netherlands:12
Lonesome Dove - 1989 The Plains 1-3 is rated/received certificates of: Netherlands:12
Lonesome Dove - 1989 Leaving 1-1 is rated/received certificates of: Netherlands:12
Lonesome Dove - 1989 Return 1-4 is rated/received certificates of: Netherlands:12
The Women of Brewster Place - TV miniseries - was created on 1989-03-19.
Tim Scott played Pea Eye or Pete in Lonesome Dove 1989.
House on Old Lonesome Road - song - was created in 1989.
Doogie Howser M-D- - 1989 Lonesome Doog 3-6 was released on: USA: 30 October 1991
"Lonesome Dove" (1989) is not a film. It's a television mini-series. It's 384 minutes (6 hours, 24 minutes) long.
"Lonesome Dove" is a 1989 television mini-series. Tommy Lee Jones did play Woodrow F. Call.
Yes, Danny Glover did appear in the mini TV series Lonesome Dove. He appears in four 1989 episodes as Joshua Deets
Tour of Duty - 1987 Lonesome Cowboy Blues 2-12 was released on: USA: 11 April 1989
The wonderful 1989 mini-series "Lonesome Dove" was nominated for 18 Emmys. It won six: Best Director, Costume Design, Music, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Makeup. ("War and Rememberance" won Best Mini-Series.)
Maj Canton has written: 'Maj Canton's The complete reference guide to movies and miniseries made for TV and cable, July 1, 1989 to September 1, 1992'
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Lots of things- murders, revolutions, Bush banning assault weapons in the US, etc. There's lots more info on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1989
Hell-Bitch's breed was never really given out in the book. She was described as a 'Kiowa Mare' and that she had some Arab like features. So most likely she was some sort of tribal cross breed.
maybe 1989? =============== The year TV writers ran out of anything interesting to write.
Belinda Peregrin Schull: Fast Facts... She was born August 15th 1989. She lived in Madrid until the age of 4, then moved to Mexico. She is an actress/singer/songwriter. She can play the piano and drums.
Jack Caffrey has: Played Bar Fly in Cafe in "American Playhouse" in 1981. Played Cholo in "Lonesome Dove" in 1989. Played Bowler in "Lucky Luke" in 1991. Played Bowler in "Lucky Luke" in 1992. Played Cholo in "Return to Lonesome Dove" in 1993. Played Ortiz in "Walker, Texas Ranger" in 1993. Played Judge in "Botte di Natale" in 1994. Played Old Farmer in "Comanche Moon" in 2008.
Paul James Vasquez has: Played Foreman in "Night Game" in 1989. Played Buffalo Hunter in "Lonesome Dove" in 1989. Played Gang Leader in "Blind Fury" in 1989. Played Cheo in "Neurotic Cabaret" in 1990. Played Teddy Bear in "Vicissitude" in 2005. Played Hector Ramos Sr in "JailCity" in 2006. Played Joe in "The Local" in 2008. Played Transient in "Prayer to a Vengeful God" in 2010.
Daniel Radcliffe was born on July 23, 1989, and made his acting debut at 10 years of age.
He is Dominican... His real name is Geofrey Royce Rojas. His birthday is on May 11, 1989.! and he is super SEXXI.!;]
John Barks has: Performed in "Blue de Ville" in 1986. Performed in "Nipagesh Bachof" in 1987. Played Drunk in "The Tracker" in 1988. Performed in "The Return of Desperado" in 1988. Played First Trapper in "Lonesome Dove" in 1989. Played Otto in "Lucky Luke" in 1992.
Czechoslovakia was a state located in Europe. In 1993 it split into two countries which are now known as the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It was considered to be a communist country from 1948 - 1989.
The Topps, Donruss, Fleer, and Score 1989 Griffey cards all currently list at $2.50-$6.00. The most interesting Griffey rookie card is the 1989 Upper Deck card, which lists at $15-$40. Baseball card companies flooded the market in the late '80s and 1989 may have been the worst year of over-production. There are probably still millions of 1989 baseball cards still sealed up in packs. The number of Griffey rookie cards out there is astronomical. Still… Read More
Dinah Lacey has: Played Melissa in "The Jeffersons" in 1975. Played Jenny in "The Facts of Life" in 1979. Played Charlie Duboise in "Highway to Heaven" in 1984. Played Tough Girl in "Life Goes On" in 1989. Played Cleo Plendor in "Troop Beverly Hills" in 1989.
The Daulatpur-Saturia tornado of April 26, 1989 was the deadliest tornado on record with an estimated death toll of 1300. The tornado was on the ground for about 50 miles striking the cities of Daulatpur and Saturia. The extremely high death toll was the result of the tornado striking densely populated and very poor areas where shabby construction offered little protetction. This tornado was never rated; Bangladesh, where the tornado occurred, does not conduct storm… Read More
David Ode has: Played Dog Face in "Lonesome Dove" in 1989. Played J.C. Nickel in "Lucky Luke" in 1992. Played Hogan in "Ridin Down" in 1999. Played Bartender in "Suspect Zero" in 2004. Played Baloon Telegraph in "Flourtown" in 2008. Played Bob Llewelyn in "Throwing the Spoon" in 2009.
A LOT! =) I LOVE STEPHEN KING!!!!!!! 1976 - Carrie 1979 - Salem's Lot 1980 - The Shining 1982 - Creepshow (Five short films: "Father's Day," "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill," "Something to Tide You Over," "The Crate," and "They're Creeping Up On You") 1982 - The Boogeyman (short film) 1983 - Cujo 1983 - The Dead Zone 1983 - Christine 1983 - Disciples of the Crow (short film) 1983 - The Woman in… Read More
Matthew Hotsinpiller has: Played Townsperson in "Silverado" in 1985. Played Calvary Man in "Lonesome Dove" in 1989. Played Johnny in "Revenge on the Highway" in 1992. Played Bartender in "Garage Sale" in 1996. Played Jeremy in "The Tao of Steve" in 2000. Played David in "Petra" in 2011. Played John Smith in "Synthetic Identity" in 2013.
Here are 6 facts: 1) He was born on August 4, 1971 in Vallejo, California. 2) When he was 19, he was the youngest champion in the history of midget competition. 3) He hosted Saturday Night Live in 2003. 4) In 2004, he filled in for Regis Philbin one morning (for Saturday Night live) 5) He was prom king at his school. 6) He graduated in 1989.
why for asking 5 facts (not 4 or 6)? was it sending 'just' one question? Here are FIV........E answers: 1. Bulgaria was established on 681 2. It was under Otoman colony for 5 centurires 3. It became a Peoples Republic in 1944 4. Fall of one party Communist Govt. in 1989 5. Its a full member of NATO and the EU
James Terry McIlvain has: Played Orderly in "Streamers" in 1983. Played Ace in "Platoon" in 1986. Played Cowboy in "Lonesome Dove" in 1989. Played Tim Tucker in "Pure Country" in 1992. Performed in "Painted Hero" in 1997. Played Trusty Luke in "Two for Texas" in 1998. Played U.S. Christmas in "South of Heaven, West of Hell" in 2000.
1. his birthday his May 5, 1989 2. his first single was 'Run It' 3. a name he is also known by is 'Chris Breezy 4. He has been compared to Michael Jackson and Usher 5. He was one of the main characters in 'This Christmas'
Berlin is located in Germany. It has an area of nearly 900km squared and has a population of 3.5 million as of 2012. An interesting fact is that during the Cold War it was divided by a wall which separated the countries of West and East Germany up until its destruction in 1989.
No, he has been married since 1989 and has three children. you are very right and he just does that for the show and one of his kids names is mckenzie and his wifes name is pat interesting fact i heart Ryan stiles oh and some people are saying he is dead its not true lol
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Randy Brenner has: Played Orderly in "The Facts of Life" in 1979. Played Munchkin in "Highway to Heaven" in 1984. Played Earl in "Night Court" in 1984. Played Additional Voices in "Jem" in 1985. Performed in "Live-In" in 1989. Played Randall in "Coach" in 1989. Played Waiter in "Seinfeld" in 1989. Played Brian in "Tap" in 1989. Played Phillipe in "Princesses" in 1991. Played Zookie in "L.A. Heat" in 1996. Played Soprano in "SpongeBob SquarePants"… Read More
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1. He was born Febuary 17, 2942. 2.He was an african american activist for the black panther party. 3.He used viloence to settle social beings. 4.He was shot on the street by Tyrone Robinson. 5.He died August 22, 1989.
The cast of Mo Min Kap Sin Fung - 1989 includes: Fang Bao as (1989) Yat Ching Tam as (1989) Ching Ching Yiu as (1989) Wan Choi as (1989) Stephen Chow as (1989) Patrick Hon as (1989) Ling Hon as (1989) Kwok Kuen Chan as (1989) Sai Kuen Chung as (1989) Ying Kwan Lok as (1989) Kitty Lai as Hung Wai-Ling (1989) Frankie Lam as (1989) Yvonne Lam as (1989) Kwong Lam Tsui as (1989)… Read More
The cast of Pif et Hercule - 1989 includes: Jacques Alric as Farfouille (1989) Jay Brazeau as (1989) Roger Carel as Grotalent (1989) William Coryn as Pif (1989) Yves Elliot as Gorille (1989) Julie Faye as (1989) Ian James Corlett as (1989) Michel Mella as Hercule (1989) Doug Parker as (1989) Christian Pellissier as Busard (1989) John Tench as Spiff (1989) Cathy Weseluck as (1989) Dale Wilson as (1989)
The cast of Morir para vivir - 1989 includes: Jorge Abraham as Vicente (1989) Francisco Algora as Sacerdote (1989) Norma Angelica Rodriguez as Lupe (1989) Bruno Bichir as Julio (1989) Sara Campos as Luz (1989) Rosa Carmina as Mireya (1989) Queta Carrasco as Aurora (1989) Eduardo Castell as Dr. Herrera (1989) Eugenio Cobo as Pedro (1989) Luis de Llano as Luis de la Pradera (1989) Claudia Erfer as Lorena (1989) Carlos Espejel as Gus (1989)… Read More
The cast of Fei Fu Kwan Ying - 1989 includes: Gregory Charles Rivers as (1989) Mimi Chi Yan Kung as Anita Yat Ching Tam as (1989) Chai Cho as (1989) Siu Dik Leung as (1989) Chuen Hing Tam as (1989) Ling Hon as (1989) Ying Hong Luk as (1989) Kwok Kuen Chan as (1989) Sai Kuen Chung as (1989) Fong Kwok as (1989) Chung Lam Frankie Lam as (1989) Kwong Lam Tsui as (1989) Ying… Read More
Three Fugitives - 1989 was released on: USA: 27 January 1989 Sweden: 17 March 1989 Australia: 23 March 1989 West Germany: 20 April 1989 Finland: 28 April 1989 Brazil: 18 May 1989 Portugal: 19 May 1989 Colombia: 19 July 1989 Denmark: 28 July 1989 Taiwan: 29 July 1989 Netherlands: 3 August 1989 Ireland: 25 August 1989 UK: 25 August 1989 Japan: 16 September 1989