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Johnson County War
Johnson County War
Actors: Tom Berenger, Luke Perry, Burt Reynolds, Rachel Ward, Michelle Forbes
Director: David S. Cass Sr.
Genres: Westerns, Television
NR     2002     4hr 0min

The year is 1891. Wyoming is in it first year of statehood. The three Hammett brothers, Cain, Harry and Dale find themselves in the middle of a rapidly escalating range war when they resist big-time cattle ranchers who wan...  more »

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Actors: Tom Berenger, Luke Perry, Burt Reynolds, Rachel Ward, Michelle Forbes
Director: David S. Cass Sr.
Creators: Brian Gordon, Diana Ossana, Frank Q. Dobbs, Larry Levinson, Frederick Manfred, Larry McMurtry
Genres: Westerns, Television
Sub-Genres: Westerns, Television
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/24/2002
Original Release Date: 08/24/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 08/24/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 4hr 0min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 12/6/2016...
Very entertaining and most likely pretty darn true story about the old west and greed over land that was abundant yet hard to live on. This mini-series is well worth watching and filled with talented acting and writing.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Joe S. (onejollyjoe) from OZARK, AL
Reviewed on 7/30/2011...
Kind of sad but easy to believe that it could happen like that. Greed rules over all. Fantastic movie.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jackie S. (jamase83) from CLIFFWOOD, NJ
Reviewed on 5/24/2011...
This was a terrific movie, but also very sad. It teaches the lesson to never back down no matter how bad the chips are down. All the acting was terrific too. Worth the 3 hours.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

(5 out of 5 stars)

"Cut from the same hide as classic western dramas like Lonesome Dove, Streets of Laredo, Monte Walsh, and Crossfire Trail, The Johnson County War is a well-told story that is loosely based on actual historic events.It's the age-old conflict: Big Business vs. the small entrepreneur. The big cattlemen employ the tried and true strategy of the west for dealing with their small time competitors: if you can't beat them kill them! But one man stands up for his beliefs and is ready to pay the ultimate price for them.Tom Berenger heads a stellar cast that includes Luke Perry, Burt Reynolds and Rachel Ward. The script by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana is along the same lines as their Lonesome Dove masterpiece.I actually bought and watched this one on the merits of the cast and writers alone and never looked back."
Fantastic Western
palo-duro | nor-cal | 12/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Larry McMurtry has once again crafted another timeless western. Thought not as good as Lonesome Dove, this film does stand it's own. One reviewere said that certain scenes would never happen in a Lousi L'Amour novel, and that is correct; mainly because L'Amours novels are not realistic; they are just stories. Everything that happened in this movie, at one point on another, actualy happened in real life (though not necessarily in the Johnson County War). The story revolves Berenger's character, Cain and his fight against the cattle barons of wyoming. Cain, incidently,is a parallel of the real life figure Nate Champion, who fought in the Johnson War.
The script leaves one reminded of the Lonesome Dove series in that there is plenty of character driven dialouge, and the movie superbly paces itself to the climax (which is an awewsome scene). There are plenty of funny moments too, such as a converstaion about jello. The cinemtography is great, and the movie feels likes a western. It does not look modern, as the other reviewer said. (note: the war took place in the 1890's, so rich places like the Cheyenne Club were indeed well furnished).
Some say that Burt Reynolds was not a good choice, but I thought he did a good job, as did Luke Perry and Adam Storke. Overall, this is one of the best westerns I have seen, and trust me, i have seen many. It is a shame that only television is producing quality westerns (unlike the theater where films such as the horrible Texas Rangers & American Outlaws were made)."
Fantastic western
palo-duro | nor-cal | 12/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Although westerns are not as popular as they used to be, this past decade or so has seen some extremely well-made ones: Tombstone, Lonesome Dove, Unforgiven, Dances With Wolves, Conagher, & Streets of Laredo. Add to that list this remarkable film, written by Larry McMurtry (of Lonesome Dove et al) Tom Berenger (Rough Riders, Gettysburg, Avenging Angel) is one of the most under-rated actors of today, and here is able to fall into an excellent portrayal fo a 19th century cowboy. As noted in the Amazon review, the cinematography is enthralling, which just adds to the over-all feel of the western period."