Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lonesome Dove's 25 Anniversary

A lighter note today.

I found out today that the miniseries 'Lonesome Dove' is my favorite western. Oh, don't get me wrong, there are a few other series and movies I like. But when I talk about 'Lonesome Dove' I tell people its my favorite because it was the first western I ever saw that had grit and dirt. The characters are not neat. They are dimensional. They have courage, strength, weaknesses, failings and secrets.

The book is 25 years old this year, the miniseries is 21.

Of the book and the miniseries, Texas Monthly magazine's John Spong says, "It is the great hero myth of Texas, the state’s favorite depiction of itself and the world’s favorite depiction of Texas. Since its publication, on June 13, 1985, more than 2.5 million copies have been printed in the United States; the 1989 miniseries, which is the way most fans first came to the story, is the best-selling western DVD of all time. But the better measure of Lonesome Dove’s import is anecdotal. If you know a Texan named Gus under the age of twenty, odds are he was named after McCrae. I know two such kids—and one is a girl."

There's nothing like the friendship between Woodrow Call and Gus McCrae. Gus' death scene is, for me, the most touching scene in the whole series. Just thought I'd share it...


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