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Director  Vincent McEveety
Initial DVD release  May 11, 2004
Writer  Jim Byrnes
Language  English
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Adventure, Western
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Country  United States
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge movie poster
Release date  September 26, 1987
Genres  Western, Television film, Action/Adventure
Cast  James Arness (Matt Dillon), Amanda Blake (Kitty), Buck Taylor (Newly), Fran Ryan (Hannah), Earl Holliman (Jake Flagg), Ken Olandt (Lt. Dexter)
Similar movies  James Arness appears in Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge and Gunsmoke: To the Last Man
Tagline  In a Lawless Land Ruled by the Gun, He's the Law.

Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge is the first TV-movie based on the 20-year (1955-1975) television version of Gunsmoke starring James Arness. Although it is supposed to be set in the wilds of Kansas, it was filmed in Alberta, Canada.

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Plot

Retired US Marshal Matt Dillon, now a fur trapper, is knifed by thieves, brought back to Dodge, and nursed by Kitty Russell, played by Amanda Blake. He is hunted by vengeful past nemesis; Will Mannon, who has sworn to kill Matt, and holds Kitty hostage in exchange for a final showdown.

Cast

  • James Arness as Matt Dillon
  • Amanda Blake as Miss Kitty Russell
  • Steve Forrest as Mannon
  • Buck Taylor as Newly O'Brien
  • Earl Holliman as Jake Flagg
  • Fran Ryan as Hannah
  • W. Morgan Sheppard as Digger McCloud
  • Production

    Ken Curtis (Festus Haggen) turned the project down in the wake of being offered far less compensation than Amanda Blake. Blake, meanwhile, returned to the role of Miss Kitty after having left Gunsmoke prior to the original series' 20th and final season.

    Subsequent TV-movies based on the series starring James Arness are Gunsmoke: The Last Apache(1990), Gunsmoke: To the Last Man(1992), Gunsmoke: The Long Ride(1993), and Gunsmoke: One Man's Justice(1994).

    References

    Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge Wikipedia
    Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge IMDb Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge themoviedb.org


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