Westerns on getTV in July
Does the warmer weather make you yearn to get back to the land? Do longer days make you crave the great outdoors? Do you have getTV?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions — especially the third one — we’ve got great news for you! getTV has eleven Western films airing on weekend afternoons and evenings this month— including two Oscar Winners for Best Cinematography! And best of all, you can experience all the grandeur of the American West without leaving the comfort of your couch!
So, hitch your wagon to getTV and enjoy action-packed Westerns and historical dramas every weekend in July! Here’s a guide to what’s airing, so you don’t miss a minute!
1. A River Runs Through It (1992) — July 6 at 1p
We’re pushing the definition of “Western” by including this film, but with good reason: it has an historical Western setting and it’s filled with gorgeous vistas of Montana and Wyoming, courtesy of Oscar-winning cinematographer Philippe Rousselot.
In the first decades of the twentieth century, the sons of a Presbyterian minister come of age in Montana while bonding over fly fishing. Brad Pitt stars as the charismatic newspaper columnist Paul, Craig Sheffer is his reserved brother Norman, Tom Skerritt and Brenda Blethyn are their parents, and Emily Lloyd is Norman’s Flapper girlfriend. Robert Redford directs and narrates as the older Norman, author of the autobiographical story upon which the film is based.
2. Ride Beyond Vengeance (1966) — July 7 at 5p ET
A young census taker (Hawaii Five-O’s James Mac Arthur) visits a Texas town in 1966, only to be entranced by the local legend of a mysterious gunman. In flashback, we learn the story of Jonas Trapp (Chuck Connors ofThe Riffleman), a buffalo hunter searching for three men who robbed him and left him for dead. But there’s an added complication: one of them (Michael Rennie) is engaged to marry Trapp’s “widow” (Kathryn Hays).
This independent production from Andrew J. Fenady (producer of getTV favorite Hondo) and game show icons Mark Goodson and Bill Todman features a parade of familiar faces in supporting roles, including Claude Akins, Joan Blondell, Gloria Grahame, Gary Merrill, Ruth Warrick and Jamie Farr.
3. The Shadow Riders (1982) — July 7 at 7:30p ET, July 20 at 5:30p ET
Two brothers — one a Union soldier, one a Confederate — join forces after the Civil War to rescue their family from renegade rebel soldiers.
Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott star in this light-hearted made-for-TV adventure, based on the novel by Western icon Louis L’Amour. Look for Katharine Ross as Elliott’s plucky love interest, Ben Johnson as the boys’ incarcerated uncle, Harry Carey Jr. as their father, R.G Armstrong as the town sheriff, and Gene Evans as a white slaver. Plus, Jeff Osterhage plays Selleck and Elliot’s brother —three years after they were siblings In The Sacketts. Elliott and Ross would marry in real life two years later. They celebrate their 35th anniversary this year.
More about Tom Selleck here.
4.The Quick Gun (1964) — July 13 at 3:30p ET, July 28 at 7:45p ET
What happens when a gunfighter tries to go straight? His old gang tries to pull him back in! Audie Murphy stars as a reformed gunman hoping to settle down in his hometown two years after killing two young men in self-defense. Ted de Corsia is his former partner in crime, who plans to rob the town and burn it down. Walter Sande is the grieving father who’s out to settle some old scores. James Best is the sheriff, an old friend who reunites with Clint to protect the town — while engaged to his former fiancée (Merry Anders).
Murphy went from one of the most decorated combat soldiers of War II to one of Hollywood’s most popular actors. De Corsia was a crime film icon who specialized in playing bad guys. Best was a talented actor whose best remembered today at the broadly comic Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard. And Sande was a familiar face for 35 years, probably best remembered today as the father of The Farmer’s Daughter.
More about Audie Murphy here.
5.The Gun That Won The West (1955) — July 14 at 5p ET
Director William Castle is revered by horror movie fans for his gimmicks (like electrified seats and flying skeletons), but he was also a very competent director (particularly of Westerns).
Here, Dennis Morgan and Richard Denning star as former Cavalry scouts asked to lead the construction of a chain of forts in Sioux territory in Wyoming. Both are now working as rodeo showman, but their relationship with the Sioux leader Red Cloud (Robert Bice) makes them uniquely qualified for the assignment.
6. Legends Of The Fall (1994) — July 14 at 6:45p ET, July 27 at 4:55p ET
Three years after A River Runs Through it, Brad Pitt returned for another historical drama set in the early twentieth century West — again with Oscar-winning cinematography (this time by John Toll).
Here he’s the tempestuous son of a retired military officer (Anthony Hopkins) who falls for the fiancée (Julia Ormond) of his younger brother (Henry Thomas). Tragedy strikes when the three young men (including Aidan Quinn) enlist in World War I against their father’s orders, and family dynamics are changed forever. Based on the novel of the same name by Jim Harrison, and directed by Edward Zwick, Legends Of The Fall is an old-fashioned epic that’s remembered as one of the most powerful and beautiful films of its era.
7. All The Pretty Horses (2000) — July 20 at 1p ET
This neo-Western from director Billy Bob Thornton stars Matt Damon as a cowboy who falls for the daughter (Penelope Cruz) of a powerful rancher (Ruben Blades). Henry Thomas, Sam Shepard, Bruce Dern and Robert Patrick (of getTV’s The Unit) also star in this contemporary tale, based on the award-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy.
8. Comanche Station (1960) — July 20 at 3:45p ET, July 28 at 6p ET
Director Budd Boetticher made seven films with Western icon (and uncredited producer) Randolph Scott between 1956 and 1960. Comanche Station (1957) was the last, and one of the more enjoyable of the series.
Jefferson Cody (Scott) has rescued a woman (Nancy Gates) from the Comanches, but three outlaws (led by Claude Akins) want his reward. Gates, whose 27-year career began at age 15, passed away earlier this year.
9. Buck And The Preacher (1972) — July 21 at 5p ET
Film icon Sidney Poitier— still with us as of this writing at age 92 — made his directorial debut in this groundbreaking mash-up of the popular Spaghetti Western and “Blaxploitation” genres.
Calypso singer Harry Belafonte stars as a morally ambiguous preacher who, with Buck (Poitier), helps freed slaved who are being exploited as cheap labor after the Civil War. Look for Ruby Dee as their accomplice and Cameron Mitchell in an epically villainous role. This movie is a ton of fun, and Belafonte will be a revelation to anyone who only knows him as a singer.
10. Seraphim Falls (2007) — July 21 at 7:30p ET
As the Civil War ends, a Confederate colonel (Liam Neeson) is on one final mission: to kill a Union soldier (Pierce Brosnan) who participated in a massacre. This film has its roots in the morally ambiguous Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s and the American films of the 1970s influenced by them. Look for Anjelica Huston as con artist Madame Louise and memorable turns from Ed Lauter, Tom Noonan and Wes Studi.
11. MacKenna’s Gold (1969) — July 27 at 2p ET
Based on the best-selling novel by Will Henry, this epic Western adventure features an all-star cast, including Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas, Edward G. Robinson, Keenan Wynn, Burgess Meredith, Julie Newmar and Eli Wallach. Look (or listen) for the inventive score by Quincy Jones, best known to getTV viewers as the composer of the Sanford And Son theme.
For more, visit the getTV schedule.