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Sacketts
     

The Sacketts

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Director: Robert J. Totten, Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck, Jeff Osterhage

Cast: Robert J. Totten, Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck, Jeff Osterhage

 

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The made-for-television western The Sacketts combines the plotlines from two seperate Louis L'Amour novels, The Daybreakers and The Sacketts. In this film, the three Tennessee-raised Sackett brothers migrate to the West following the conclusion of the Civil War.

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The made-for-television western The Sacketts combines the plotlines from two seperate Louis L'Amour novels, The Daybreakers and The Sacketts. In this film, the three Tennessee-raised Sackett brothers migrate to the West following the conclusion of the Civil War.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
If you think epic-scale westerns on TV began with Lonesome Dove, we refer you to this exemplary miniseries, adapted from a series of novels by Louis L'Amour, that first aired on NBC in May 1979, nearly a decade earlier. The Sacketts chronicles the adventures of three brothers who rise above their humble circumstances and become men to be reckoned with. The eldest, Tell (Sam Elliott), sets the plot in motion when he kills a card cheat named Bigelow, whose siblings swear to wreak vengeance on the Sacketts no matter how long it takes. Tell's younger brothers, Orrin (Tom Selleck) and Tyrell (Jeff Osterhage), fall in with a couple of grizzled old-time cowboys (Glenn Ford and Ben Johnson) who see that the Sackett boys get an education and a stake in the cattle business. This sprawling saga builds to a lengthy climax set in Santa Fe, where the brothers are united and the long-simmering feud with the Bigelows comes to a boil. Although Robert Totten's direction is professional and the production extremely well mounted, the best thing about this four-hour epic is its cast, which includes a slew of top pros including Gilbert Roland, Gene Evans, Ruth Roman, Mercedes McCambridge, Jack Elam, L. Q. Jones, and Slim Pickens, among others. Elliott and Selleck -- both of whom would frequently return to the western in years to come -- already seem at home in the saddle, and even though they're overshadowed by the supporting cast, each has ample opportunity to distinguish himself. The story line gets a little thin here and there, but The Sacketts has a relentless narrative drive that quickly steamrolls over the weak spots. Overall, it's a wonderful miniseries, one of the best to play network TV during the '70s.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/1994
UPC:
0012569095731
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sam Elliott Tell Sackett
Tom Selleck Orrin Sackett
Jeff Osterhage Tyrel 'Ty' Sackett
Mercedes McCambridge Ma Sackett
Glenn Ford Tom Sunday
Jack Elam Ira Bigelow
Ana Alicia Actor
Gene Evans Actor
James Gammon Actor
Ben Johnson Actor
Paul Koslo Actor
Slim Pickens Actor
Gilbert Roland Actor
Ruth Roman Actor
John Vernon Actor
Malcolm "Sparky" Watt Preacher

Technical Credits
Robert J. Totten Director
Jim Byrnes Producer,Screenwriter
John Copeland Producer
Jerrold Immel Score Composer
Tambi Larsen Art Director
Johannes Larson Production Designer
Douglas Netter Producer
Howard A. Smith Editor
Jack Whitman Cinematographer

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The Sacketts 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie combines two of the Louis L'Amour novels from the Sacket Series. It is close to the stories and provides the action you need for a Louis L'Amour story to be complete.