While this CBS-TV miniseries from the novel by Larry McMurtry lacks the classical simplicity of his Lonesome Dove
adaptation, it is nonetheless a sensitively-directed feminist oater that commands attention despite slow patches. The production often whisks through essentials only to dawdle
over sidebars or scenery.
As the Wild West grows tame enough to be a fit subject for mythologizing by Buffalo Bill Cody (Peter Coyote), a few weather-beaten survivors yearn for the rough-and-tumble past. Flanked by her querulous trapper buddies Bartle Bone (Jack Palance) and Jim Ragg (Tracey Walter) and Indian shaman pal
No Ears (Floyd Red Crow Westerman), Calamity Jane...