Monte Walsh (2003)
Tom Selleck ,
Isabella Rossellini ,
George Eads ,
Keith Carradine ,
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Emmy® and Golden Globe-winning actor Tom Selleck stars in and executive-produces the Turner Network Television (TNT) Original film MONTE WALSH, a colorful and bittersweet saga about the final days of the Old West, which will air as a TriplePlex World Premiere Weekend on Friday, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Emmy® and Golden Globe-nominated actress Isabella Rossellini, Keith Carradine, George Eads, Barry Corbin, James Gammon, Wallace Shawn and William Devane also star in the two-and-a-half hour Original film.
Michael Brandman (TNT's Louis L'Amour's Crossfire Trail, Last Stand at Saber River) executive-produces MONTE WALSH along with Selleck. Emmy® winner Simon Wincer (Louis L'Amour's Crossfire Trail, Lonesome Dove) is the director. The teleplay is by Michael Brandman & Robert B. Parker and David Z. Goodman and Lukas Heller, based upon the novel of the same name by Jack Schaefer (Shane). Hallmark Entertainment will distribute MONTE WALSH internationally.
In the final decade of the 1800s, Monte Walsh is the last of a dying breed -- a genuine cowboy -- an iconoclastic original, who experiences first-hand the seismic changes that the era of a new technology has introduced. Eastern corporations are gobbling up Western land with little regard for the people who live and work there. They are deemed irrelevant and disposable. How one man fights back -- and the nature of his life-and-death struggle for survival -- is the story of MONTE WALSH.
MONTE WALSH re-teams Selleck, Brandman and Wincer, whose film Louis L'Amour's Crossfire Trail, premiered on TNT to a 9.6 rating in 2001, still the highest-rated movie in basic cable history. Selleck also starred in and executive-produced TNT's Last Stand at Saber River, along with Brandman. Wincer directed Selleck in the feature Quigley Down Under and helmed the critically acclaimed and award-winning miniseries Lonesome Dove.
As a genre, the Western movie celebrates its 100-year anniversary in 2003, making MONTE WALSH the first film of the second century of Westerns. Edwin S. Porter's The Great Train Robbery, which is widely believed to be the first narrative film as well as the first Western, was produced in 1903.
TNT will present a Western Movie Marathon throughout the MONTE WALSH World Premiere weekend, with top Western theatrical titles and TNT Original Westerns. The marathon begins Friday, Jan. 17, at 12 p.m. (ET/PT) and concludes on Monday, Jan. 20, at 6 a.m. (ET/PT).