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Dallas: J.R. Returns (1996)

Five years after J.R. Ewing lost Ewing Oil and apparently committed suicide, he turns up alive and well. He returns to Dallas and plots to bring his family back together, and regain control of Ewing Oil from his archenemy Cliff Barnes.

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Leonard Katzman

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Arthur Bernard Lewis (story), Leonard Katzman (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosalind Allen ... Julia Cunningham
Chris Demetral ... Christopher Ewing
Patrick Duffy ... Bobby Ewing
Linda Gray ... Sue Ellen Ewing
Larry Hagman ... J.R. Ewing
Omri Katz ... John Ross Ewing
Deborah Kellner ... Pamela Rebecca Cooper
George Kennedy ... Carter McKay
Ken Kercheval ... Cliff Barnes
Audrey Landers ... Afton Cooper
Tracy Scoggins ... Anita Smithfield
Deborah Rennard ... Sly Lovegren
Buck Taylor ... Steve Grisham
George Petrie ... Harv Smithfield (as George O. Petrie)
Blue Deckert ... Detective Markham
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Storyline

Years after J.R. Ewing lost Ewing Oil and apparently committed suicide, we learn that he is alive and well. He returns to Dallas, and plots what could be his greatest scheme: Bringing his family back together, and regaining control of Ewing Oil from archenemy Cliff Barnes. Will he be successful? Written by Phil Fernando

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dallas - Il ritorno di J.R. See more »

Filming Locations:

901 Main St, Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Sue Ellen Ewing returned to the regular Dallas (1978) continuity for the first time since Dallas: Reel Life (1989) in this television film. Sue Ellen's only appearance in the interim was in the series finale Dallas: Conundrum (1991) as part of an alternate reality in which J.R. was never born. See more »

Goofs

When Bobby Ewing rescues Julia Cunningham from the back of a galloping horse, the ground changes several times between grass in the long shots to sand in the close-ups. See more »

Quotes

John Ross Ewing: [after JR appears screwed by Cliff because he sold Ewing Oil to Bobby and Sue Ellen] Dad, I don't understand, why are you smiling? You just lost Ewing Oil?
J.R. Ewing: Son, you don't understand. Ewing Oil is back in Ewing hands. Your Uncle Bobby is no longer going to sell Southfork, and is back in the oil business. I am the Chairman of the Board of Weststar. Your mother is back at Southfork, and you are going to remain in Dallas to learn the oil business under the best damn oil man there ever was.
John Ross Ewing: Dad, when...
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Tough to watch our favorite stars age, but still a good watch
16 January 2006 | by BRBTVcomSee all my reviews

Well ... that old J.R. didn't really commit suicide -- he's back in action: He returns from five years in Europe and, fresh off the plane, he visits Cliff at the offices of Ewing Oil and, of course, promptly tells him he's going to take his company back. Bobby, meanwhile, is at the now-empty Southfork, feeling lonely as a widower but enjoying a great relationship with his son Christopher. Bobby decides to put Southfork up for sale. He runs into old pal Julia Cunningham, and the two go out. Christopher is intrigued by Julia's charge Pamela (who is actually Pamela Cooper). Cliff is negotiating the sale of Ewing Oil to competitor Weststar and Carter McKay.

J.R., about to lose his treasured home and his just-as-treasured company, enlists the aid of Harv Smithfield's lawyerly niece, Anita (played by the saucy Tracy Scoggins of "The Colbys"). Together they discover a secret codicil in Jock's will that leaves stock in a computer company to John Ross -- and that stock is now worth big bucks. It can only be claimed, though, after J.R.'s death. So what does he do? Hmmm ... you can probably guess ...


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