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Bonanza: Under Attack (1995)

A reimagining of the next generation of Cartwrights, three cousins Benji, A.C., and Josh join together to fight off forces to save the Ponderosa. Under the guidance of old friend Bronc Evans, they learn the meaning of family.

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Mark Tinker

Writers:

David Dortort (characters), Denne Bart Petitclerc
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Johnson ... Bronc Evans
Michael Landon Jr. ... Benjamin 'Benj' Cartwright
Emily Warfield ... Sara Cartwright
Brian Leckner ... Josh Cartwright
Jeff Phillips Jeff Phillips ... Adam 'A.C.' Cartwright Jr.
Richard Roundtree ... Jacob
Jack Elam ... Buckshot
Dirk Blocker ... Fenster
Dennis Farina ... Charley Siringo
Sonia Satra ... Annie Stewart
James Karen ... Mr. Stewart
Leonard Nimoy ... Frank James
Ted Markland ... Cole
Gordon Jennison Noice ... Black Jack (as J. Gordon Noice)
Kenny Call Kenny Call ... Mears
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A reimagining of the next generation of Cartwrights, three cousins Benji, A.C., and Josh join together to fight off forces to save the Ponderosa. Under the guidance of old friend Bronc Evans, they learn the meaning of family.

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Genres:

Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for western violence and some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bonanza: The Ghosts See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The real Frank James never lived in Nevada, and was no longer a wanted man after he surrendered to the Governor of Missouri in 1882. He lived to age seventy-two and died in Missouri in 1915. See more »

Goofs

While the exact year is not mentioned, at one point the president is referred to as Teddy Roosevelt, which would place the year from 1901 to 1909. Dennis Farina's character has a Colt semi-automatic pistol known as a Model 1903. The Model 1903 looks very much like the more popular Model 1911, which began production two years after Roosevelt left office. See more »

Connections

Followed by Ponderosa (2001) See more »

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Okay TV Movie
8 January 2010 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

The Ponderosa is intruded upon by renegade Pinkertons, led by murderous detective Dennis Farina. They're chasing reformed outlaw Frank James (Leonard Nimoy!), who finds protection among the next generation of the Cartwright clan and his old Civil War pals Ben Johnson and Jack Elam.

Johnson, Elam, Farina, Nimoy, and Richard Roundtree are all fun to watch, though some of the younger actors, including the offspring of a few of Bonanza's original stars, are a bit wooden and the script a few bad lines of dialog.

However, everything's so laid back and the old-timers so good that it's virtually impossible for me to dislike. The story premise is fairly solid too.

Some might call it heresy to try and further the adventures of a TV series without the benefit of any of the original stars. I'm glad they went ahead and at least tried. It took guts.


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