Lonesome Dove

  • Saturday July 31, 2021 12:00 PM
  • Saturday July 31, 2021 2:00 PM
  • Sunday August 01, 2021 4:30 PM

Lonesome Dove
July 31, Part I noon & Part II 2 pm


August 1, Part III & IV 4:30 pm


Prepare yourself for a cinematic experience as epic as a Texas cattle drive! More than any other work of McMurtry’s, Lonesome Dove showcases his extraordinary storytelling abilities. We’re showing this four-part miniseries adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel in its entirety during a fun summer weekend marathon session. The television miniseries stars Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones and was directed by Simon Wincer. Originally broadcast in 1989, the series drew a huge viewing audience, earning numerous awards and reviving the television Western. 
An estimated 26 million homes tuned in to watch Lonesome Dove, unusually high numbers for a genre considered dead by most people. An enduring favorite with audiences, as well as critics, the Western garnered many honors and awards. At the 1989 Emmy Awards, the miniseries had 18 nominations and seven wins, including one for Wincer. Lonesome Dove also won two Golden Globes, for Best Miniseries and Best Actor in a Miniseries (Duvall). 
Join us for this special opportunity to see this great work of art on a large screen. 


Join us this August as we pay tribute to the acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry, Texas’s most famous literary and cinematic son, who passed away in March 2020. Through his books, screenplays, and the films adapted from his books, some feel that McMurtry, more than anyone else, shaped the way that the world sees Texas. 

Guest host and McMurtry devotee Bud Kennedy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram will kick off our exploration of McMurtry’s cinematic works, including Hud, The Last Picture Show, Texasville, and Lonesome Dove. Film scholar and SXSW co-founder Louis Black will join remotely. 

McMurtry grew up on a ranch in North Texas with only an oral tradition of storytelling, never seeing a book until he was six years old. His stories jumped through many media—print, film, television—and in each he excelled, garnering 13 Oscars, 7 Emmys, and a Pulitzer in 1985 for his novel Lonesome Dove. 

It has been said that what the South was to William Faulkner, Texas was to Larry McMurtry. His passion for the land and people made it impossible for him to fully inhabit the self-proclaimed role of "western revisionist." Even when he depicts Texas at its worst, he only makes you love it, and him, more.

Bud Kennedy is the dean of Dallas-Fort Worth newspaper columnists. A homegrown Texan and Fort Worth guy, he started out covering high school sports for the Star-Telegram in September 1971, six weeks before the premiere of The Last Picture Show. Covering his passions—news, politics, and food—for 30 years, he has reported from seven national political conventions, a presidential inauguration, two Super Bowls, and the White House Correspondents' Dinner. 

He has written often about Texas writers, first meeting Larry McMurtry in his "Booked Up" store in Washington, DC, and writing about his work and life as a bookseller. Kennedy covered McMurtry’s guest role at the reopening of the Royal Theater in Archer City. He can tell you where the name "Lonesome Dove" came from—and what restaurant gave the writer the name.

Dr. Louis Black is a legendary cultural force in Texas’s film world. As a co-founder of SXSW, he helped originate the festival’s film component. His love of film dates to his teens when he would skip school with friend Leonard Maltin to visit film sets (once meeting Buster Keaton) and watch as many films as possible. He obtained a master’s degree and PhD in film from the University of Texas at Austin. He was an original board member of the Austin Film Society, led by Richard Linklater. In 2000, along with Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith, he launched AFS’s “Texas Film Hall of Fame.” 
Most recently he co-directed the documentary Dream is Destiny about Richard Linklater. He was the executive producer of Be Here to Love Me, A Film About Townes Van Zandt and was a producer on the Peabody Award–winning The Order of Myths. He has focused recently on reissues of classic Texas films (Eagle Pennell's The Whole Shootin' Match and Tobe Hooper's Eggshells) and is also working on documentaries and narrative films.  

Screenings will be held in the Modern’s auditorium. Tickets are $10, $8 for Modern members, $7 for Modern Reel People members.  

A Tribute to Larry McMurtry Schedule:

Lonesome Dove
July 31, Part I noon & Part II 2 pm
August 1, Part III & IV 4:30 pm

August 7, 2 pm

The Last Picture Show/50th Anniversary 
August 14, 2 pm

August 15, 4:30 pm