WELCOME THE FUCK BACK.
In 1889, as South Dakota is celebrating its entrance into the Union, a few familiar faces are coming back to Deadwood where a significantly weakened Al Swearangen (Ian McShane) is still holding court. It took many years to get this TV movie, a bittersweet and very engaging conclusion to the 2004-2006 series, off the ground. Almost the entire cast makes a comeback and the story illustrates what the passage of time (and the progress of society) does to people. Fans of the show will appreciate it more than others, but its elegance, humanity and wit is universal. Magnificent cast, with Gerald McRaney uniting the worst of business and politics.
2019-U.S. Made for TV. 110 min. Color. Directed by Daniel Minahan. Teleplay: David Milch. Cast: Timothy Olyphant (Seth Bullock), Ian McShane (Al Swearengen), Molly Parker (Alma Ellsworth), Paula Malcomson, W. Earl Brown, Dayton Callie… Brad Dourif, John Hawkes, Gerald McRaney, Jeffrey Jones.
Last word: “I found it to be a contradiction. On one hand it was just like yesterday, and on the other hand it felt like a brand-new challenge. When you revisit something you haven’t done in 12 years, it’s hard not to challenge yourself to identify the growth, to try to confirm what you hope, that you’re somehow a little better at it than you were before.” (Olyphant, The Hollywood Reporter)