Lonesome Dove Reviews
It's incredibly faithful to the book because the script came first; when McMurtry couldn't sell the script, he turned it into a book, then it was optioned as a TV movie. So it's the book that's faithful to the movie, not the other way around.
Lonesome Dove is a small town in Texas that's the beginning and endpoint of a story that covers several months and thousands of miles. Life is precious because it's so easily lost. Gus McCrae (Robert Duvall) and Woodrow Call (Tommy Lee Jones), who have been friends since they were Texas Rangers many years ago, decide to embark on one last big adventure before it's too late for either of them. On the way they make new friends and reconnect with old friends--and enemies.
At first, the fact that characters keep bumping into each other feels like easy coincidence until you realize that there just weren't that many people in the West at that time and it was a more of a "small world" then.
It's a long movie--it was originally a miniseries, after all--but you'll quickly get so invested in it that there will be several points in this story where you'll be hard-pressed to get through without a lump in your throat. Every once in awhile my wife and I will clear a weekend day, shut off the phones and immerse ourselves in the world of Lonesome Dove.
Duvall and Jones ....Topnotch acting.