Sam Elliot ■ Katharine Ross
Conagher is both a hard-riding actioner and a character-driven look at Western life. Katharine Ross plays Evie Teale, widowed after coming West and forced to prove her mettle in many ways. Sam Elliott plays Conagher, a cowhand who, when not tracking rustlers, drifts in and out of Evie's life. Something about that frontier woman keeps drawing him back. But can Evie ever keep him from drifting out again?
As a fan of Louis L'Amour's books, having read almost all of them, I am a little skeptical of movie adaptations. A person needn't worry about this one! Conagher became my favorite one after watching it only once.
I don't know what it is but Sam Elliot (and Tom Selleck) seems to embody the Louis L'Amour hero. When I read Conagher, Sackett, The Shadow Riders, I see Sam Elliot's face after having seen those movies.
This movie, even though it's made-for-TV, is one of the last of the good old-style Westerns. If you love the good old guys like John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, and even Clint Eastwood, you will be in for a treat with Conagher. The bad guys are bad, the good guys are good, a stand for right or wrong has to be taken by a young character, and words of wisdom are dispensed by real MEN.
One of the neatest things about this movie is that many of the actors are FROM the era of the good westerns:
Buck Taylor has been in many westerns including Newly in Gunsmoke.
Ken Curtis is, of course, famous as Festus in Gunsmoke, but he also sang for years with The Sons Of The Pioneers.
Dub Taylor in too many movie and TV roles to count.
Even the author's daughter herself, Angelique L'Amour, makes an appearance.
An all around great cowboy movie complete with cattle rustlers, prairie, long hours in the saddle, Indian fights, romance, humor, gun-play, and even a proper barroom fist fight. Don't miss it!
Note: This IS a Western so there is violence. Only one spot near the beginning bothers me as being a little icky but compared to most movies these days it's really tame. Shooting and fist fighting are all stock-in-trade for this type of movie. There is also some language, all common words to Westerns and even every day use.
Sam Elliott ... Conn Conagher
Katharine Ross ... Evie Teale
Barry Corbin ... Charlie McCloud, Stage Driver
Billy Green Bush ... Jacob Teale
Ken Curtis ... Seaborn Tay, Cattle Rancher
Paul Koslo ... Kiowa Staples
Gavan O'Herlihy ... Chris Mahler, Cowboy
Buckskin Joe Frontier Town & Railway - Canon City, CO
1992 Western Heritage Awards
Bronze Wrangler - Television Feature Film
Sam Elliott (executive producer)
John A. Kuri (producer)
Reynaldo Villalobos (director)
Jeffrey M. Meyer (writer)
Sam Elliott (writer)
Katharine Ross (co-star)
Sam Elliott (co-star)
Barry Corbin (co-star)
Conn Conagher: Tell me something, Chris. Where do you stand? Are you riding with the brand... or are you running scared?
Laban Teale: Who gave you the black eye?
Conn Conagher: No one gave it to me, son. I fought for it.
Evie Teale: You don't know what music is until you hear the wind in the cedars.
Johnny McGivern: Why didn't you draw on Kiowa?
Conn Conagher: You mean, was I afraid? Staples didn't need killing. He needed to be taught a lesson.
Johnny McGivern: He'd had killed you if he had the chance.
Conn Conagher: He might have. But I'll tell you something, kid. Any man who kills when he could do otherwise is crazy. Just plumb crazy. Some men take to a side of killing, Johnny. Just make sure when the killing time comes, you're standing on the right side.
Smoke Parnell: Hell, you're so weak you can hardly stand.
Conn Conagher: If you want to see how weak I am, try for your gun.
Smoke Parnell: No, you've got just enough sand left in ya to kill me.
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