Picks and Pans Review: Louis L'amour's Conagher

updated 07/01/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/01/1991 AT 01:00 AM EDT

TNT (Mon., July 1, 8 P.M. ET)

B

A tough cowboy named Conn Conagher (Sam Elliott) is keeping an eve mi the widow (Katharine Ross) who runs a stagecoach rest stop.

It's not surprising that executive producer Elliott developed this property (he also cowrote it with his wife, Ross, and Jeffrey Meyer). As he proved in the similar 1987 cable-movie Western The Quick and the Dead (another L'Amour adaptation), no one looks better sitting in the saddle with four pounds of trail dust on him.

In the beginning, there's too much tears and poetry (Ross ties rhymes to tumbleweeds, like messages in bottles). And the florid score by J.A.C. Redford is obtrusive.

But the movie settles down into a satisfyingly rugged story with a wonderfully seasoned supporting cast, including Barry (Northern Exposure) Corbin, James (Major League) Gammon—a Richard Boone for the '90s—Dub (Bonnie and Clyde) Taylor and the late Ken Curtis, Marshal Dillon's sidekick Festus on Gunsmoke for more than a decade.

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