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Dead Man's Walk [1996] [DVD]


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  • Actors: F. Murray Abraham, Keith Carradine, David Arquette, Patricia Childress, Jonny Lee Miller
  • Writers: Larry McMurtry
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Acorn
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 272 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000G1T02W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,510 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on Larry McMurtry's novel, David Arquette and Jonny Lee Miller star as two young men coming of age in the days when Texas was still an independent republic. We follow the two men as they embark on their first great adventure. They sign up as Texas Rangers under the command of Caleb Cobb (F. Murray Abraham), an unpredictable bandit who wants to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jun 2008
Format: DVD
Having taken Woodrow Call to his twilight years in Street's of Laredo, McMurtry wrote the novel on which this is based, charting the early years of Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call. It is set in Texas 1842, with the two as rookie Rangers joining the Santa Fe Expedition. This was a non-fictional and ill-fated expedition to reclaim Texas a few years after the Alamo. Their journey crosses deserts, involves encounters with Comanches, Apaches and Mexicans, and yet another of McMurtry's selection of whores-with-a-heart-of-gold....
This is a story of grueling survival, against the elements, and fellow man, and as such is well portrayed with a great cast and a few hammy cameos (F Murray Abraham as a pirate turned Colonel? Now THAT's smart casting...). However, with all the well observed secondary characters, the movies weak spot is highlighted - David Arquette and Jonny Lee Miller as Gus and Woodrow are just not appealing enough, or given enough material to work with, to really show how they became the wizened old men of Lonesome Dove. Mannerisms are well copied from their predecessors, particularly Arquette's portrayal of Gus, but little internal evolution of their characters is on display, merely the cumulative effect of the often horrific events surrounding them. It's the other characters which you remember, like Keith Carradine's Bigfoot Wallace, Harry Dean Stanton's Shadrach or especially a pre-Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos portrayal of Captain Salazar. So in the end, we have a great period Western, with well written secondary characters, but a lot less soul than earlier outings.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
Back in 1989, U.S. television audiences were treated to LONESOME DOVE, perhaps the best miniseries ever made prior to the more recent BAND OF BROTHERS. I consider LONESOME DOVE the best western ever put on film. DEAD MAN'S WALK, aired several years later, is the prequel. STREETS OF LAREDO, which has also appeared on the small screen, is the final installment. All are screen adaptations of a trilogy of books written by Larry McMurtry.
The purpose of DMW, besides being a story in its own right, is to establish the characters of the young Texas Rangers, Augustus "Gus" McCrae and Woodrow Call, here played by David Arquette and Jonny Lee Miller respectively. DMW is set in 1842, and Texas is still an independent Republic. In LD, set some thirty years later, Gus and Woodrow (Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones respectively), drive a cattle herd from Texas to Montana.
DMW does a credible job molding the personalities of young Gus and Woodrow, whether they're beset by Commanches, Apaches, the Mexican Army, starvation, or imprisonment. Even love, for that matter. The viewer can see in them the men they're to become decades later.
Whereas in LD McCrae and Call are the pre-eminent characters, in DMW the two are overshadowed by a large cast of more colorful personae. There are Shadrach (Harry Dean Stanton) and Bigfoot Walker (Keith Carradine), the grizzled mountain men. Then there's Mattie Roberts (Patricia Childress), the stout-hearted harlot nicknamed "Great Western", who accompanies the Texans' various expeditions into the hostile wilderness and, after a bath and fashion makeover, has a poignant self-revelation. F. Murray Abraham plays Caleb Cobb, a pirate turned soldier-of-fortune, who, with green parrot on his shoulder, plots the capture of Santa Fe from the Mexicans.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By June R from Oz on 13 July 2009
Format: DVD
Having owned the Lonesome Dove book and DVDs with Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones for quite a while and I loved them so much I really wanted to have the rest of the series. Dead Man's Walk is really great and the two leads are so believable as the young Woodrow and Gus made famous by Duvall and Jones. Stirs all the emotions sometimes funny, sometimes very sad. You can't go wrong with this one. I now own all of the series right through to Streets of Laredo, the final.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 19 July 2010
Format: DVD
Dead Man's Walk is a somewhat lightweight prequel to the Lonesome Dove series. It charts a failed expedition in which Gus and Woodrow join the Texas rangers to capture the town of Santa Fe for the republic of Texas. Both Jonny Lee Miller and David Arquette are fairly unremarkable as Gus and Woodrow and the story is decidedly average. If you're a fan of westerns or the Lonesome Dove series it's worth a look, otherwise I would give it a miss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By superscribe on 22 Feb 2014
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I bought this on the strength of its link with Lonesome Dove. With top quality actors like Brian Dennehy, Edward James Olmos and the brilliant Harry Dean Stanton involved Dead Mans Walk was off to a flying start. Add the western backdrop, Texas Rangers and credible 'native Americans' (should the Apache be native Mexican Americans?) and a storyline full of action and this production should have been a sure fire hit. My problem lies with the two young heroes. Jonny Lee Millar - the sensible, natural fighter - looks as formidable as a chocolate éclair. His only claim to fame was shooting a Comanche struggling towards him waist high in a river and despite trying to look mean didn't strike me as someone to cross the road to avoid. His sidekick, David Arquette, was too dopey to hit the floor if he fell out of bed and a very young Jennifer Garner must have been drunk to think him suitable breeding stock. The supporting characters made this DVD a very watchable production and if two strong characters had been given the lead parts it could well have been a minor classic. Good effort but not top quality.
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