[[caption-width-right:340:Robert Duvall as Gus [=MacCrae=] and TommyLeeJones as Woodrow Call]]
-> ''I wanna do it, Gus. I wanna see that country, before the bankers and lawyers all git it.''
-->-- '''Captain Woodrow Call'''
'''''Lonesome Dove''''' is the name of a highly-regarded [[TheWestern Western]] novel by Larry [=McMurtry=] published in 1985. It was also adapted into a 1989 Emmy-winning four-episode television miniseries. It is considered the first part of a trilogy, with the second being ''Film/OpenRange'' and the third being ''Film/BrokenTrail.''
In 1876, former Texas Rangers Captains Augustus [=McCrea=] and Woodrow Call run a livery in the small border town of Lonesome Dove. When their old colleague Jake Spoon arrives with tales of the unsettled territory in Montana, Call is inspired to drive of cattle there to start a ranch.
* AnyoneCanDie: and ''how''
* BadassMustache: Gus
* BerserkButton: Do '''not''' hit Newt when Woodrow Call is around.
* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: When facing hanging, both [[spoiler: Jake and Blue Duck]] decide to preempt their execution. [[spoiler: Jake, who was being hanged from a tree branch, spurred his horse out from under himself before Gus could do it. Blue Duck, when about to be led from his fourth-story cell to the gallows, broke away from his guards and jumped out a window.]]
* BuryMeNotOnTheLonePrairie: Woodrow Call brings [[spoiler: Gus [=MacCrae=]'s]] body across the country so he can be buried in his favorite orchard.
* CattleDrive: the whole basis of the plot
* CoolOldGuy: Gus
* DiesWideOpen: [[spoiler:Deets]]
* TheDrifter: Gus, also, Jake Spoon
* DrivenToSuicide [[spoiler:Xavier, out of loneliness, and Jake Spoon]]
* GenreDeconstruction: [=McMurtry=] [[http://www.motherjones.com/media/2014/05/larry-mcmurtry-brokeback-mountain-last-kind-words intended]] the series to be one for the Western genre, but feels that a lot of people missed out on this.
* GrumpyOldMan: Call
* HeroicBastard: Newt
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Gus and Call.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Lorena
** Maggie, Newt's late mother, who appears in the prequels ''Dead Man's Walk'' and ''Commanche Moon''.
* IAteWhat: When recruiting a new cook in San Antonio, Po Campo asks Gus and Call to try something he made. Call pops it in his mouth and says "Dang, that's tasty!" What exactly is it? "Grasshopper." Cue SpitTake.
* InvulnerableHorses: Averted.
* MagicalNegro: Deets practically is one.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Everyone, but especially Deets.
* TakingYouWithMe: When [[spoiler: Blue Duck]] pulls his high-dive, he drags a lawman with him.
* TheStoic: Woodrow Call
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: In Streets of Laredo, the author discontinuously revisits [[spoiler: Lorena Wood's]] kidnapping from the Lonesome Dove, in flashback in order to add in a characteristically gruesome scene where a child is kidnapped and burned to death, [[ForTheEvulz just so we hate the main villain more.]]
* SuperWindowJump: [[spoiler: Blue Duck]] throws himself out of a high window.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Larry [=McMurtry=] originally wrote "Lonesome Dove" in the early Seventies as a screenplay called "The Streets of Laredo" to be directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starring JohnWayne as Call, JimmyStewart as Gus and Creator/HenryFonda as Jake Spoon. The proposed film was abandoned after Wayne turned down the part on the advice of director Creator/JohnFord. [=McMurtry=] turned the screenplay into a novel and used the original title for the sequel.