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Streets of Laredo 

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Captain Woodrow Call, now retired from the Rangers, is a bounty hunter. He is hired by an eastern rail baron to track down Joey Garza, a new kind of killer, only a boy, who kills from a ... See full summary »
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
James Garner ...  Captain Woodrow Call 3 episodes, 1995
Sissy Spacek ...  Lorena 3 episodes, 1995
Sam Shepard ...  Pea Eye / ... 3 episodes, 1995
Ned Beatty ...  Judge Roy Bean 3 episodes, 1995
Randy Quaid ...  John Wesley Hardin 3 episodes, 1995
Wes Studi ...  Famous Shoes 3 episodes, 1995
Charles Martin Smith ...  Ned Brookshire / ... 3 episodes, 1995
George Carlin ...  Billy Williams 3 episodes, 1995
Alexis Cruz ...  Joey Garza 3 episodes, 1995
Kevin Conway ...  Mox Mox 3 episodes, 1995
James Gammon ...  Charles Goodnight 3 episodes, 1995
Tristan Tait Tristan Tait ...  Deputy Ted Plunkert 3 episodes, 1995
Miriam Colon ...  Estrella 3 episodes, 1995
James Victor ...  Gordo 3 episodes, 1995
Sônia Braga ...  Maria Garza 3 episodes, 1995
Julio Carreon-Reyes Julio Carreon-Reyes ...  Rafael Garza 3 episodes, 1995
Vanessa Martinez ...  Teresa Garza / ... 3 episodes, 1995
Anjanette Comer ...  Beaulah / ... 2 episodes, 1995
David S. Cass Sr. ...  Sheriff Doniphon 2 episodes, 1995
Stephen Bridgewater ...  Redfoot 2 episodes, 1995
Ashley Coe Ashley Coe ...  Claire Parker / ... 2 episodes, 1995
Helen Cates Helen Cates ...  Susanna Slack 2 episodes, 1995
Cameron Finley ...  Ben Parker 2 episodes, 1995
Emily Courtney Emily Courtney ...  Doobie Plunkert 2 episodes, 1995
Tony Frank ...  Sheriff Bob Jekyll 2 episodes, 1995
Fredrick Lopez ...  Quick Jimmy Ames / ... 2 episodes, 1995
Jeffrey Meyer Jeffrey Meyer ...  Cowby #3 / ... 2 episodes, 1995
Karen Jones Karen Jones ...  Cherie 2 episodes, 1995
Richard Nance Richard Nance ...  Patrick O'Brien 2 episodes, 1995
Jill Parker-Jones Jill Parker-Jones ...  Maggie 2 episodes, 1995
Lidia Porto ...  Manetu / ... 2 episodes, 1995
Billy Tolson Billy Tolson ...  August Parker 2 episodes, 1995
Joanna Sanchez ...  Gabriela 2 episodes, 1995
Christopher Wagner Christopher Wagner ...  George Parker / ... 2 episodes, 1995
Joe Stevens ...  Deputy Tom Johnson 2 episodes, 1995
Angelina Torres Angelina Torres ...  Calderon Naiche / ... 2 episodes, 1995
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Captain Woodrow Call, now retired from the Rangers, is a bounty hunter. He is hired by an eastern rail baron to track down Joey Garza, a new kind of killer, only a boy, who kills from a distance with a rifle. Joined by his old compadre Pea Eye, it is a long ride to south Texas and the Mexican side of the border, where the past, in the form of Maria Garza, Joey's mother, haunts Call. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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Randy Quaid previously appeared in The Last Picture Show (1971), also adapted from a Larry McMurtry novel. It was on that film that McMurtry met Peter Bogdanovich, with whom he would later write the original script that Lonesome Dove was based on. The role of Lorie, played here by Sissy Spacek (and previously by Diane Lane) was originally written for his Last Picture Show cast mate, Cybill Shepherd. See more »

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Judge Roy Bean is killed in this film, and John Wesley Hardin survives. The manner of Bean's death does not conform to historical fact; Bean actually drank himself to death; but his reputation as a "hanging judge" who was hanged outside his own courthouse is a popular legend. However, John Wesley Hardin died in 1895. Judge Roy Bean died eight years later in 1903. See more »

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Maria Garza: What have you done?
Joey Garza: I killed a gringo, Mama. I only like gringos when they're dead.
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Follows Lonesome Dove (1989) See more »

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A truly great western, revolving around the stunning performance of James Garner
17 October 2008 | by SteveSkafteSee all my reviews

First of all, the vast majority of those giving "Streets of Laredo" bad reviews have no legitimate complaints whatsoever. People whine about the dark tone, the killings, the acting, et cetera. Rather, this film has much more in common with the real old west, to a greater degree even than series like "Deadwood". Of course, many of the immature, misguided western fans seem to want happy horse-riding hippies who talk hard and rough but don't live it. How stupid to expect such from the real killers of the west.

Woodrow F. Call (James Garner) is not a nice man. And he should not be pigeonholed as one, either. Garner plays him the way he should be, and is even more impressive than Tommy Lee Jones in "Lonesome Dove", the series which preceded this one. Indeed, despite the rabid fanbase of "Lonesome Dove" (of which I very nearly belong), this series is undoubtedly superior. First of all, the direction is a vast improvement. Joseph Sargent handles the scenery and actors with far more intelligence and grace than Simon Wincer, who proved his woeful inadequacies when he returned for the prequel "Comanche Moon" last year. That series was pure trash, horribly acted and directed despite the great actors involved.

There are many great performances beside Garner. Charles Martin Smith, Sam Shepard, and Sissy Spacek are pure class. Smith, especially, has always been an excellent unnoticed actor. This is perhaps his best performance since "Never Cry Wolf" (1983). He is sympathetic and identifiable as the nervous railman. Shepard and Spacek play husband and wife quite intuitively. Their character development is well-performed to the highest degree. This is also one of Spacek's best performances.

Larry McMurtry has a very intuitive writing style, and the film carries over much of his subtlety. There's no overblown dialogue or direction to be found in "Streets of Laredo", something that the original "Lonesome Dove" series sometimes slipped into. I would say, without reservation, that this is one of the very best and most realistic depictions of the true west. A great film, with stunning acting and direction. A must see for any true film fan - narrow-minded western fans looking for a 'Hollywood' west need not apply.

RATING: 8.5 out of 10


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12 November 1995 (USA) See more »

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Alpine, Texas, USA See more »

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