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The Sacketts 

After the Civil War, Tennessee brothers Orrin and Tyrel Sackett are herding cattle out West while Tell Sackett is prospecting for gold in the hills.
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Complete series cast summary:
Sam Elliott ...  Tell Sackett 2 episodes, 1979
Tom Selleck ...  Orrin Sackett 2 episodes, 1979
Jeff Osterhage ...  Tyrel Sackett 2 episodes, 1979
Glenn Ford ...  Tom Sunday 2 episodes, 1979
Ben Johnson ...  Cap Rountree 2 episodes, 1979
Gilbert Roland ...  Don Luis 2 episodes, 1979
John Vernon ...  Jonathan Pritts 2 episodes, 1979
Ruth Roman ...  Rosie 2 episodes, 1979
Jack Elam ...  Ira Bigelow 2 episodes, 1979
Gene Evans ...  Benson Bigelow 2 episodes, 1979
L.Q. Jones ...  Belden 2 episodes, 1979
Paul Koslo ...  Kid Newton 2 episodes, 1979
Mercedes McCambridge ...  Ma Sackett 2 episodes, 1979
Slim Pickens ...  Jack Bigelow 2 episodes, 1979
Louis L'Amour ...  Himself 2 episodes, 1979
Buck Taylor ...  Reed Carney 2 episodes, 1979
Pat Buttram ...  Tuthill 2 episodes, 1979
Shug Fisher ...  Purgatorie Barkeep 2 episodes, 1979
Ana Alicia ...  Drusilla 2 episodes, 1979
Lee de Broux ...  Simpson 2 episodes, 1979
James Gammon ...  Wes Bigelow 2 episodes, 1979
Marcy Hanson ...  Laura Pritts 2 episodes, 1979
Frank Ramírez Frank Ramírez ...  Juan Torres 2 episodes, 1979
Wendy Rastattar Wendy Rastattar ...  Ange Kerry 2 episodes, 1979
Henry Capps Henry Capps ...  Boyd 2 episodes, 1979
Ramon Chavez Ramon Chavez ...  Pete Romero 2 episodes, 1979
Don Collier ...  L.P. Seeker 2 episodes, 1979
Pam Earnhardt Pam Earnhardt ...  Mary 2 episodes, 1979
Bruce M. Fischer ...  Trapper 2 episodes, 1979
Richard Jamison Richard Jamison ...  Miner #1 2 episodes, 1979
Pat Mahoney Pat Mahoney ...  Purgatorie Customer 2 episodes, 1979
James O'Connell ...  Long Higgins 2 episodes, 1979
Ken Plonkey Ken Plonkey ...  Miner #2 2 episodes, 1979
Mark Wallace Mark Wallace ...  Teller 2 episodes, 1979
Malcolm Watt Malcolm Watt ...  Preacher 2 episodes, 1979
Mai Gray Mai Gray ...  The Harlot 2 episodes, 1979
Bill Hart ...  Rodale 2 episodes, 1979
Brian Libby ...  Durango 2 episodes, 1979
Kimo Owens Kimo Owens ...  Fetterson 2 episodes, 1979
Monique St. Pierre ...  Delilah 2 episodes, 1979
Tom Waters Tom Waters ...  Hobes 2 episodes, 1979


Two part television adaptation of Louis L'Amour's third novel in the Sackett series. The story follows the three Sackett brothers out west from their Tennessee home. Along the way, the oldest, Tell, prospects for gold, while the two younger Orin and Tye herd cattle and help bring order to a racially divided Santa Fe. Written by Mark Shelton <marks131@ix.netcom.com>

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Louis L'Amour's roaring saga of three brothers who lived the great western adventure! See more »




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Release Date:

15 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Daybreakers See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sam Elliott and Tom Selleck play brothers, but there's only five months difference between their ages. See more »


When Tyrell first approaches the water hole looking over the top of the hill it is nearly a cloudless day, but when the camera switches back to the same shot, there are large cumulus clouds visible. See more »

Alternate Versions

A two-hour version of the this film played HBO in 1982 under the title of The Daybreakers. See more »

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Pretty Good On Its Own, But No 'Lonesome Dove'
19 July 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This is something of a poor man's "Lonesome Dove." The story is a combination of two Louis L'Amour novels and doesn't have the intensity of Larry McMurtrey's aforementioned "Dove," nor the beautiful cinematography.

The best part of "The Sacketts" is the cast, led by some of the best actors to ever play cowboys. I mean, this is worth owning alone just to see Sam Elliott, Tom Selleck, Glenn Ford and Ben Johnson all in the same story. These guys - especially Elliott and Selleck - were always fantastic playing cowboys. Not only that, you get classic stars such as Gilbert Roland, Mercedes McCambridge, Ruth Roman, Jack Elan, Slim Pickens and more ! Wow - impressive.

Being a made-for-TV film, you don't get much profanity or blood and for most of the film, you get two separate stories going on at once. One story features Selleck and Jeff Osterhage as brothers and another as Elliott, as the older brother involved with his own adventures.

Even though I can't compare it favorably to Lonesome Dove, it's still a decent western on its own merits.

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