Watch Gunsmoke: The Long Ride
- 1 hr 34 min
Gunsmoke: The Long Ride is a made-for-television western movie that is a continuation of the Gunsmoke series, which aired from 1955 to 1975. The movie first aired in 1993 and stars James Arness, who played Marshal Matt Dillon in the original series, as well as James Brolin and Amy Stoch. The movie begins with Matt Dillon, who has retired to Dodge City, receiving a letter from an old friend named Doyle Phelan (played by Brolin). Phelan is a wealthy rancher who lives in Montana and wants Dillon to come to his ranch to help him solve a problem. Dillon agrees to help and sets off on a journey to Montana.
On his way, Dillon stops in a small town where he meets a young woman named Mike Yardner (played by Stoch). Mike is traveling to Montana to start a new life and agrees to travel with Dillon. As they continue their journey, they face many challenges, including a group of bandits who try to rob them.
Once they arrive at Phelan's ranch, Dillon discovers that Phelan's problem is related to a land dispute. Phelan's neighbor, a wealthy businessman named Darcy, is trying to take over Phelan's land, and Phelan believes that Darcy is behind several attacks on his ranch. Dillon agrees to help Phelan and investigates the attacks, eventually discovering the truth about Darcy's plans.
As Dillon and Phelan work to protect the ranch, they also must deal with personal issues. Phelan is struggling with alcoholism and has a strained relationship with his daughter, while Dillon is dealing with the loss of his long-time love interest, Miss Kitty, who has died.
The movie is full of action-packed scenes, including shootouts and horse chases. The dialogue is classic western, with characters speaking in a slow drawl and using phrases such as "partner" and "reckon." The movie also explores themes of loyalty, friendship, and family, as Dillon and Phelan work together to protect what is important to them.
James Arness delivers an excellent performance as Marshal Matt Dillon, showcasing the same stoicism and toughness that made his character so popular in the original series. James Brolin also shines as Doyle Phelan, portraying a complex character with depth and emotion. Amy Stoch is a welcome addition to the cast, bringing a strong female presence to the film.
Overall, Gunsmoke: The Long Ride is an enjoyable western movie that will appeal to fans of the original series and fans of westerns in general. With a solid cast and action-packed scenes, it is a worthy continuation of the Gunsmoke legacy.