Dead Man's Walk

Synopsis

A clash of cultures in the Texas Republic spells danger and adventure for a pair of Texas Rangers and the people whose path they cross.

EJO's Role

Edward James Omos in Dead Man's Walk

Edward James Olmos plays Captain Salazar, an officer in the Mexican army.

The Numbers

"Dead Man's Walk" originally aired on May 12, 1996.

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Trivia
  • "Dead Man's Walk" is based on Larry McMurtry's novel of the same name, the third entry in the Lonesome Dove series.

Awards
  • 1996 Emmy Awards: Nominated for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Composition for a Miniseries or a Special, David Bell.
  • 1996 Lone Star Film & Television Awards: Best TV Teleplay, Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana
  • 1996 NCLR Bravo Awards: Edward James Olmos won for Outstanding Individual Performance in Made for Television Movie or Mini-Series

Reviews

My Take

"Dead Man's Walk" is another installment in the Lonesome Dove saga by Larry McMurtry. McMurtry writes the screenplay and produces this film. It doesn't have quite the impact of the original miniseries, but it's no slouch, despite some pretty bad accents from Jonny Lee Miller and David Arquette – even Keith Carradine.

Edward James Olmos, who wisely does not attempt to pin an accent on his character, a stalwart officer in the Mexican army, is magnetic as Captain Salazar. Unlike his colleagues, the soldier treats his prisoners with respect and leads them across a "dead man's walk," a trek through an uninhabitable region, after their provisions or weapons are lost to raiding Commanche warriors.

For me, this movie didn't start until Olmos was on-screen. I'll fully admit it may be because I was anticipating his arrival on screen, but his mere presence seemed to bring the movie into sharper and fuller focus.

If you're a fan of the Lonesome Dove series, it goes without saying that you'll want to watch "Dead Man's Walk".

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