Synopsis: Mrs. Evie Teale is struggling to stay alive while raising her two children alone on a remote homestead. Conn Conagher is a honest, hardworking cowboy. Their lives are intertwined as they fight the elements, Indians, outlaws, and loneliness.
Genre: Western
Director(s): Reynaldo Villalobos
Production: Turner Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
94 min

Mule team.

There it is, Evie. There's our house.

Giddy up.


Come on, Laban, let's bring some water.

Pa, there's no floor. It's just dirt.

Well, the first cattle we sell, | we'll put in a board floor.


I want to go home.

- You are home. | - I don't want to stay.

She'll be all right.

She just misses her mama.

You'll have the shotgun, Evie...

and enough supplies to last you | at least a month.

A month.

I shouldn't be gone much longer than that.

I've set aside $50. Use it if you need it.

Yes, Jacob.

I never promised you much, Evie...

and it isn't much.

But the land is ours.

And all that the land becomes | will be ours, too.

Bye, Ruth.

- You look after these women now, Son. | - Yes, sir, I will.

When I get back, | we'll be in the cattle business.


Come on, Ruth.

Heel, toe, and a one, two, three.

Give me your hands.

Giddy up.

Sorry, Ben.

Evie, what have I done to...

Somebody's coming!

Giddy up, there.


What in the Lord's name | are you folks doing here?

I'm Mrs. Jacob Teale, and this is Laban, | and this is Ruthie.


This gent here is Beaver Sampson. | He's riding shotgun against Indians.

The gentleman getting down | from the coach is Tom Wildy.

He's the superintendent of the stage line...

Lord help him.

I'm Charlie McCloud.

We're taking the first stage through | to La Mesa.

Come in. You must be hungry.

We weren't expecting company, | but I'm sure we can find something.

Laban, get me an armful of wood.

You'll forgive our astonishment, | Mrs. Teale...

but we were told there was | no one living in this area at all.

Anyone tell you | this was Indian country, ma'am?

We haven't seen any, | but we've only gone for firewood.

We've stayed close to home.

Is Mr. Teale about?

No. He's gone to the settlements | to buy cattle.


I haven't heard that name.

Not that I know everyone | that passes through...

but a man buying cattle, | you'd usually hear about such things.

Yes. Well, come in.

Your cabin is quite well built.

My husband built it himself.

- It took quite some time. | - I imagine so.

Mrs. Teale...

we'll be running somewhat | of a makeshift affair for a while...

and I wonder if you would consider | taking on the feeding of our passengers...

until we get our stations established?

You could make yourself, | as well as the company, a bit of money.

That's scarce, I presume.

Yes, I could do that.

- We would have to lay in supplies. | - Of course.

You'd be saving us a lot of trouble | and expense...

if you could handle this | until we get settled down.

You make up a list, and I'll have McCloud | bring it in on the next stage.


How are you with horses, son?

Could you harness the teams for us | until your pa gets home?

Yes, sir. I hitched up and drove | when we came west from Missouri.

You'll be our hostler then.

- Will the stages come often? | - Not at first.

Two or three a week | and then every other day.

One going east and one going west.

It'll depend on the business.

Would you pass that jelly, please?

They'll be bringing the horses out | in about two weeks, Mrs. Teale.

We'll see that a load of feed for them | gets here before they do.

Thank you.

You keep a close look out | for Indians, ma'am.

They ain't been troublesome, lately...

but you never can tell | when they might start up again.

Never give them anything. | They take that as a sign of fear.

Make them trade. They cotton to that.

Thank you, Mr. McCloud. I will remember.

Thanks again for everything, Mrs. Teale.

Mrs. Teale...

if I happen to see your man, | I'll tell him you're all faring well.

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Louis L'Amour

Louis Dearborn L'Amour (; March 22, 1908 – June 10, 1988) was an American novelist and short-story writer. His books consisted primarily of Western novels (though he called his work "frontier stories"); however, he also wrote historical fiction (The Walking Drum), science fiction (The Haunted Mesa), non-fiction (Frontier), as well as poetry and short-story collections. Many of his stories were made into films. L'Amour's books remain popular and most have gone through multiple printings. At the time of his death almost all of his 105 existing works (89 novels, 14 short-story collections, and two full-length works of nonfiction) were still in print, and he was "one of the world's most popular writers". more…

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