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Monte Walsh (2003)

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Wyoming, 1892: Monte's been cowboy for ranchers all his life but he's no longer young and big business is taking over the ranches.


Simon Wincer


Michael Brandman (teleplay), Robert B. Parker (teleplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Monte Walsh
Isabella Rossellini ... 'Countess' Martine
Keith Carradine ... Chester 'Chet' Rollins
George Eads ... Frank 'Shorty' Austin
Robert Carradine ... Sunfish Perkins
Barry Corbin ... Bob the Storekeeper
James Gammon ... Fighting Joe Hooker / Albert Miller
Rex Linn ... Hat Henderson
John Michael Higgins ... Robert Slocum
William Sanderson ... Skimpy Eagens
Wallace Shawn ... Colonel Wilson
Marshall R. Teague ... Wallace 'Dally' Johnson (as Marshall Teague)
Rick Ravanello ... Henry Louis 'Sugar' Wyman
Joanna Miles ... Sairy Brennan
Lori Hallier ... Mrs. Mary Wilder


Monte Walsh and Chet Rollins are long-time cowhands, working whatever ranch work comes their way, but "nothing they can't do from a horse." Their lives are divided between months on the range and the occasional trip into town. Monte has a long-term relationship with prostitute Martine Bernard, while Chet has fallen under the spell of the widow who owns the hardware store. Camaraderie and competition with the other cowboys fill their days, until one of the hands, Shorty Austin, loses his job and gets involved in rustling and killing. Then Monte and Chet find that their lives on the range are inexorably redirected. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Romance | Western


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Shorty shoots Chet with a lever action shotgun, a 1887/1901 Winchester. See more »


The morning after Martine "dies", and Monte is sitting next to her bed holding her hand, she is still breathing. See more »


Monte Walsh: I ain't spittin' on my whole life...
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Version of Monte Walsh (1970) See more »

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Great Cast Makes This Worth Watching
19 June 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This re-make of the 1970 version is considered just as good, if not better, by a lot of people who have seen both. I've only seen this one.

I found it much slower than many westerns but still almost as interesting. What I liked best, I think, was the cast. It fascinated me, especially being a regular viewer of the CSI shows. There are two actors whom I've gotten to know well from those shows and they have roles in here: George Eads having a major part while Rex Linn (?) is in a lesser role. Tom Selleck as "Monte Walsh" is a natural for these westerns. He, like Sam Elliott, has that rugged cowboy appearance that make him look genuine. Isabella Rossellini is past her exotic days but she's always interesting as are the following: Keith Carradine, William Devane, James Gammon, Barry Corbin and Wallace Shawn. Yup, this is a very deep and diverse cast.

You also get one of the better directors doing this made-for-cable TV movie in Australian Simon Wincer, who directed "Lonesome Dove." Plus, the film is based on a book from perhaps the most famous western author of all- time: Louis L'Amour.

The story is not an upbeat one, but not overly depressing despite the fact that few people are left by the end of the film. Despite that sad content and a film that many might consider a bit slow or too talky, this film has enough going for it to recommend.

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17 January 2003 (USA) See more »

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