7.0/10
403
14 user 1 critic

Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (1987)

Will Mannon, "product of the Devil's loins", is released from a frontier prison and promptly goes in search of the people who put him there around twelve years ago, Marshal Matt Dillon and Miss Kitty Russell.

Director:

Vincent McEveety

Writer:

Jim Byrnes
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice (TV Movie 1994)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Retired Marshal Matt Dillon goes after a fifteen-year-old boy who is determined to kill the men responsible for the murder of his mother during a stagecoach robbery.

Director: Jerry Jameson
Stars: James Arness, Bruce Boxleitner, Amy Stoch
Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (TV Movie 1992)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Retired Marshal Matt Dillon tracks Arizona rustlers and lands in the middle of the 1880s Pleasant Valley War.

Director: Jerry Jameson
Stars: James Arness, Pat Hingle, Amy Stoch
Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (TV Movie 1990)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

James Arness rides again as Matt Dillon, the U.S. Marshal he made popular in the 1955-75 television series. In this movie he goes after a renegade Apache named Wolf (Joe Lara) who has taken... See full summary »

Director: Charles Correll
Stars: James Arness, Richard Kiley, Amy Stoch
Gunsmoke: The Long Ride (TV Movie 1993)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Retired Marshal Matt Dillon must clear his name after a lying witness makes him wanted: dead or alive.

Director: Jerry Jameson
Stars: James Arness, James Brolin, Amy Stoch
Gunsmoke (1955–1975)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Marshal Matt Dillon keeps the peace in rough and tumble Dodge City.

Stars: James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A defrocked Episcopal clergyman leads a bus-load of middle-aged Baptist women on a tour of the Mexican coast and comes to terms with the failure haunting his life.

Director: John Huston
Stars: Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City.

Director: Eugène Lourié
Stars: Paul Hubschmid, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway
Hondo (1953)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Army dispatch rider Hondo Lane discovers a woman and young son living in the midst of warring Apaches and becomes their protector.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: John Wayne, Geraldine Page, Ward Bond
The Lone Hand (1953)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 1870, widowed farmer Zachary Hallock secretly joins a group of outlaws as a solution to his money problems.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Joel McCrea, Barbara Hale, Alex Nicol
McClain's Law (1981–1982)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Jim McClain was a cop and after being injured and deemed unfit for duty he was retired and for the past fifteen years was working on a fishing boat. One day he and his partner sell their ... See full summary »

Stars: James Arness, Marshall Colt, George DiCenzo
Red River (TV Movie 1988)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A remake of the 1948 movie of the same name. Arness portrayed a rancher at odds with his son.

Director: Richard Michaels
Stars: Bruce Boxleitner, James Arness, Gregory Harrison
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Against orders and with no help of relief Texas patriots led by William Travis, Jim Bowie, and Davy Crockett defend the Alamo against overwhelming Mexican forces.

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: James Arness, Brian Keith, Alec Baldwin
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Amanda Blake ... Kitty
Buck Taylor ... Newly
Fran Ryan ... Hannah
Earl Holliman ... Jake Flagg
Ken Olandt ... Lt. Dexter
William Morgan Sheppard ... Digger McCloud (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
Patrice Martinez ... Bright Water
Tantoo Cardinal ... Little Doe
Steve Forrest ... Will Mannon
Mickey Jones ... Oakum
Frank Totino Frank Totino ... Logan (as Frank M. Totino)
Robert Koons Robert Koons ... Warden Amos Brown
Walter Kaasa Walter Kaasa ... Judge Collins
Georgie Collins Georgie Collins ... Mrs. Collins
Edit

Storyline

Will Mannon, "product of the Devil's loins", is released from a frontier prison and promptly goes in search of the people who put him there around twelve years ago, Marshal Matt Dillon and Miss Kitty Russell.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In a Lawless Land Ruled by the Gun, He's the Law.

Genres:

Adventure | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The revolver used at the beginning by the vengeance-seeking escaped convict Will Mannon is a Merwin Hulbert 1st Model, an advanced design for its day and a relatively popular revolver, being fourth best-selling after Smith & Wesson, Colt, and Remington, in that order. Its scarcity today is a result of a factory fire, a devastating bankruptcy, and the First World War driving the company out of existence for most of the twentieth century. See more »

Goofs

The revolver used in the escape of the convict does not have a firing pin attached to the hammer. The floating firing pins were not used until the 20th century. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[to two young Indian boys]
Logan: Git!
[to Dillon, who is carrying a bale of furs]
Logan: Them papooses - I'd keep 'em out if I was you. If it ain't nailed down, they'll steal it.
Matt Dillon: They live here.
Logan: Well, I guess a squaw is better than no woman a'tall, huh?
Matt Dillon: You were given 15 years in territorial prison, Logan. What are you doin' out?
Logan: Lookin' for you. Been a long look, Dillon, but I promised myself I'd pay you back. Here I am.
Matt Dillon: Mister, you aren't the first gunny come lookin' for me. There's two more ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Follows Gunsmoke: Mannon (1969) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
It could have been much,much more
18 September 2005 | by dubchiSee all my reviews

It was interesting to see another Gunsmoke chapter.However,with a few changes this could have been a joy to watch.The storyline itself is very good.The poor set lighting (particularly on night and interior shots) is way too dark and makes viewing a chore.The Long Branch scenes really suffer due to this problem.In 20 years of the TV series the production quality was excellent.This made for TV movie looks amateurish due to the dim lighting. James Arness needed drastic makeup help.He looked like someone out of a horror film rather than the clean cut Matt Dillon we knew for 20 years.The Dillon character would not have changed his grooming habits at his age. With better lighting,makeup and camera angles Amanda Blake would have benefited as well. Where the production really missed was in casting.The character Earl Holiman played (Matt's friend) should have been cast with Ken Curtis as Fester Haggen.This would have made the entire story and movie more satisfying.That character's motivation would have been stronger and we the audience deserved as many familiar Gunsmoke regulars as were still living (if Curtis absolutely refused to appear then Dennis Weaver as Chester Goode should have been cast as the friend.Why were Ted Jordan and Tom Brown excluded also?) Steve Forrest as Mannon did the best acting whether in flashback or present.He was a real scene stealer. I agree with the IMDb review that Miss Kitty deserved more than she got at the end from Matt in the final scene. This could have been a much.much better movie.Why wasn't it?


7 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed