7.0/10
389
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

On Disc

at Amazon

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
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
Yao she quan (1980)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Hwang-ki Baek, Jackie Chen, Mu Chuan Chen
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Aging gunslinger Jacob Wade hopes to settle down with his estranged son, but his old enemies have other plans for him.

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Jack Palance, Anthony Perkins, Neville Brand
Gunsmoke (1953)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young gun slinger tries to help a rancher and his daughter, save their land and cattle from an evil, wealthy land owner.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Audie Murphy, Susan Cabot, Paul Kelly
The Virginian (1962–1971)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Personable Western series based in Wyoming from the 1890s onward.

Stars: Doug McClure, James Drury, Lee J. Cobb
Have Gun - Will Travel (1957–1963)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The adventures of a gentlemanly gunfighter for hire.

Stars: Richard Boone, Kam Tong, Hal Needham
Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

To improve his social life, a nerdish professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love.

Director: Jerry Lewis
Stars: Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Del Moore
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

Followed by Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (1990) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Loved it despite some shortcomings...

I'm rating this a "10" if only because my wife and I are die-hard fans of Gunsmoke. Yes, there were areas & scenes that could have been better thought out to provide more logical continuity; yes, it would have been wonderful to have the other series characters return if only for cameos; yes, Kitty & Matt were looking older and the makeup could gave been kinder, but hey, if you're a true Gunsmoke fan, none of this matters a whit.

My wife and I have enjoyably spent the last several months watching the original shows on YouTube and seeing all of the main characters age as 20 seasons roll through. How great is it to be able to enjoy Gunsmoke all over again after watching the originals from the age of 9 onward? The original opening scene with Matt walking Boot Hill accompanied by a monologue narrative was well done, something that added to the appreciation of that week's episode. By the end of the series with the anti-violence agenda it was blunted with Matt standing on Front Street with none of the expected catharsis of the gunfight we had come to know over the years. We will likely watch many of the old episodes again once we've finished the 5 movies!

We don't know what happened with any overtures to dear Ken "Festus" Curtis or Dennis Weaver's "Chester". Indeed, it was sad to see Amanda Blake suffering the vagaries of declining health but wonderful to see her nonetheless; and James Arness looking older than the 12 year interval since the series ended so unkindly. It was a damn shame Milburn Stone had passed away; his portrayal of "Doc Adams" is indelibly etched in the memories I embrace of "Gunsmoke" through the years. Nothing else in TV holds a candle to the best western series ever offered.

Steve Forrest was excellent in this movie. His characterization gives the viewer chills with his cold-hearted evil portrayal of Mannon.

I could go on with this but let me spare you the agony if you've been kind enough to have read this far! I've given this reunion movie a "10" if for no other reason than we thoroughly enjoyed the reunion of actors who, for us, became their characters; characters we came to love and care about over the years. Thanks to the internet resources we get to enjoy it all over again and there's not a moment we regret in watching the 600+ episodes and movies!


5 of 5 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

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed