4 Film Favorites: Western TV Collection [4 Discs] [DVD]

This four-pack of western favorites feature two prolific actors of the genre. The baritone Sam Elliot stars in Conagher and You Know My Name, and Tom Selleck headlines Monte Walsh and Last Stand at Saber River.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Monte Walsh Includes: Star/Director/Writer Film Highlights
  • You Know My Name Includes: Featurette Law Makers of the West with Writer/Director John Kent Harrison
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Monte Walsh
Based on a novel by Jack Schaefer (writer of Shane), and previously filmed theatrically in 1970, the made-for-cable Monte Walsh is the still-timely saga of a dying way of life. Monte Walsh (Tom Selleck) and his friends are cowboys and bronco busters, plying their trade in the Wyoming Territory of 1892. Alas, the advance of civilization has all but rendered Monte and his comrades obsolete -- and with the increasing corporate buy-ups of Wyoming land, these relics of the Old West have practically nowhere else to go. Should Monte continue as before, seeking out the last of the wide open spaces, or should he follow the advice of his sweetheart Martine (Isabella Rosselini) and settle down in a steady job -- say, as a trick rider-roper in the traveling Wild West Show owned by impresario Colonel Wilson (Wallace Shawn)? This elegiac drama debuted January 17, 2003, on the TNT network as part of the cable service's "100 Years of Westerns" celebration. The teleplay is partially credited to one of the scripters of the 1970 film, Lukas Heller, who died in 1988. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Last Stand at Saber River
Tom Selleck stars as a Confederate soldier who finds himself at a crossroads, in this made-for-television adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel. Paul Cable (Selleck) who returns to his Arizona homestead after the end of the Civil War, only to find it taken over by Union-sympathizing pioneers. Cable is forced to re-consider his loyalties and decide what he wants to fight for. ~ Bernadette McCallion, Rovi

Conagher
This well-wrought made-for-cable television western is faithfully adapted from a Louis L'Amour novel and centers on the budding relationship between brave but lonely widow (Katharine Ross) who runs a remote stagecoach way station and the handsome cowpoke (Sam Elliot) who comes to help her out. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

You Know My Name
Produced for U.S. cable outlet TNT, You Know My Name is based on the colorful true story of Bill Tilghman, who went from Wild West lawman to Hollywood filmmaker to lawman again. Tilghman, played by Sam Elliott, was once an associate of Wyatt Earp and had run-ins with such famous outlaws as Cattle Annie and Little Britches. After retiring from law enforcement, Tilghman moved to California and began producing a series of silent Westerns that stressed historical authenticity over the grand-standing heroics of Tom Mix and William S. Hart. However, his films lacked name stars and failed to click at the box office. After his career in film went bust, Tilghman, nearly 70, answered a call from a friend to help him reform Cromwell, Oklahoma. Once called "the most sinful town in America," Cromwell was a place where vice was freely traded in many forms and the only peace officer was a violent, cocaine-addicted tyrant named Wiley (Arliss Howard). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Tom Selleck
    Tom Selleck - Monte Walsh
  • Keith Carradine
    Keith Carradine - Chet Rollins
  • George Eads
    George Eads - Shorty Austin
  • Wallace Shawn
    Wallace Shawn - Colonel Wilson
  • Barry Corbin
    Barry Corbin - Alderson
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