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Lonesome Dove (1989 TV Miniseries)
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Some of these pictures and descriptions may give away plot details that you might not want to know before watching the film.
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At one point in this nine hour adaptation of Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, we see a woman, Lorena Wood, played by Diane Lane, bathing in a stream. Next to her is a rock in the middle of the stream with a tortoise on it (probably a Texas tortoise since it was filmed in Texas and New Mexico.) Her befuddled boyfriend (sick with fever from an infection caused by a mesquite thorn, and probably drunk, also) starts shooting at the tortoise but misses. Eventually it is very obviously dragged into the water by someone pulling an invisible string tied somewhere to the tortoise, because no tortoise can just suddenly slide into the water as fast as it does. I don't know if this scene is in the novel or if it was invented for the movie, but it's obviously an attempt to introduce a little humor and something sexier than looking at Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall and watching herds of cattle crossing rivers. Lane's exit from the stream wearing little more than a large wet t-shirt is as close to a nude scene as you can get on network TV. Oops, I forgot to get a screen shot of that for you. My bad.

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