If you are a fan of Tom Selleck, then you are no doubt familiar with his back catalogue of movies, including hits such as 3 Men and a Baby, In and Out, and the Jesse Stone films. But did you know that amongst Selleck’s ever-expanding film collection, the actor has also starred in a number of Westerns?
To date, Selleck has appeared in six movies within the Western genre. The first was 1982’s The Shadow Riders, while the most recent was 2003’s Monte Walsh.
Below is a run-through of all of Tom Selleck’s Westerns. So, if you are not familiar with this little collection of movies, now is your chance to dive right in and learn all about them!
The Shadow Riders (1982)
Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, The Shadow Riders is a TV movie set shortly after the American Civil War. The film tells the story of two brothers who return home from the army, only to discover that some of their relatives have been kidnapped by renegade Confederates.
Tom Selleck appears in the role of Mac Traven, alongside a cast that includes Sam Elliott, and Dominique Dunne.
Quigley Down Under (1990)
In this superb Western from director Simon Wincer, Tom Selleck takes on the role of Matt Quigley – a sharpshooter from Wyoming who is hired by an Australian rancher. Quigley Down Under is a great adventure-drama, featuring a cast that includes Alan Rickman, Laura San Giacomo, and Ben Mendelsohn.
Ruby Jean and Joe (1996)
Tom Selleck plays the part of Joe Wade, while Rebekah Johnson is Ruby Jean, in this made for TV modern-day Western, about a rodeo rider and a female hitchhiker. JoBeth Williams, Ben Johnson, and Robert Starr are amongst the cast, while Geoffrey Sax directs.
Last Stand at the Saber River (1997)
Based on Elmore Leonard’s novel of the same name, Last Stand at Saber River tells the story of a Civil War Confederate veteran, who finds himself undertaking a whole new battle. Dick Lowry directs this made for TV movie, which stars Tom Selleck alongside a cast that includes Haley Joel Osment, David Dukes, Keith Carradine, and David Carradine.
Crossfire Trail (2001)
Simon Wincer (the director of Quigley Down Under) reteams with Tom Selleck for Crossfire Trail – a made for TV Western, based on the book of the same name by Louis L’Amour. The film follows the journey of a wanderer, who makes an oath to his dying best friend to look after his wife and ranch.
The cast of Crossfire Trail includes Virginia Madsen, Wilford Brimley, Christian Kane, Mark Harmon, and William Sanderson.
Monte Walsh (2003)
And finally, Tom Selleck takes on the title role for this made for TV Western, set in the dying days of the Old West. The movie – which also stars Isabella Rossellini and Keith Carradine – tells the story of two cowboys, who find themselves having to deal with the onset of the modern era.
Monte Walsh is based on the book of the same name by Jack Schaefer and was previously adapted into a 1970 movie, starring Lee Marvin. This version of the movie is directed by Simon Wincer, who makes his third Western with Selleck.
And now for an extra bit of trivia for you…
In addition to the movies listed above, Tom Selleck played the role of Orrin Sackett for two episodes of the Western TV mini-series, The Sacketts. Did you know that?
The series originally aired way back in 1979.
If you’re a fan of Tom Selleck, or you are just getting into Tom Selleck movie series, then you may wish to know that a number of his Westerns are currently available to buy on Region 1 DVD.
The Tom Selleck Western Collection contains three of his movies in one handy set. The movies include: Monte Walsh, Last Stand at Saber River and Crossfire Trail.
The Tom Selleck Western Collection is available from all good entertainment stockists, including Amazon US.
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