Larry McMurtry (source) LONESOME DOVE (1988) TV miniseries screenplay


Austin: Hat Creek Company, 1988. Vintage original made-for-TV film script, 11 x 8 1/2″ (28 x 22 cm.), printed wrappers, 373 pp. Brad bound, front wrapper partly detached. Title page identifies this as a first draft, but with revisions on blue paper dated 3/4/88. There is an illegible inscription on front wrapper. Script comes from estate of Phil Leto, who is not credited on this film but was makeup and hair supervisor for a number of other films; he has left a few small notes. Near fine in very good+ wrappers.

American epic Western adventure television miniseries directed by Simon Wincer. It is a four-part adaptation of the 1985 novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry and is the first installment in the Lonesome Dove series. The novel was based upon a screenplay by Peter Bogdanovich and McMurtry. The miniseries stars an ensemble cast headed by Robert Duvall as Augustus McCrae and Tommy Lee Jones as Woodrow Call. The premise is that of two former Texas Rangers who renew their sense of adventure as they and several other residents of a small Texas town join a cattle drive to the Montana Territory.

The series was originally broadcast by CBS from February 5-8, 1989, drawing a huge viewing audience, earning numerous awards, and reviving both the television Western and the miniseries format. A favorite with audiences as well as critics, Lonesome Dove garnered many honors and awards. At the 1989 Emmy Awards, the miniseries had 18 nominations and seven wins, including one for director Simon Wincer. Lonesome Dove also won two Golden Globes for Best Miniseries and Best Actor in a Miniseries (Robert Duvall).

The majority of the miniseries was filmed at the Moody Ranch, located seven miles south of Del Rio, Texas. Other filming locations were ranches in Texas and New Mexico.

Because of the enormous bulk of this script, few intact examples of it have ever surfaced. OCLC does not record any known copies. I find no evidence of an auction record in Rarebookhub.

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