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Calamity Jane (1984)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Western | TV Movie 6 March 1984
Biography of the famous cowgirl Martha Jane Cannary (Calamity Jane) is the Wild West character.

Director:

James Goldstone

Writer:

Suzanne Clauser
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Alexander ... Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Canary)
Frederic Forrest ... Wild Bill Hickok
Ken Kercheval ... Buffalo Bill Cody
Walter Olkewicz ... Will Lull
Talia Balsam ... Jean Irene O'Neill
Walter Scott ... Charlie Burke
David Hemmings ... Captain James O'Neill
Isabell O'Connor Isabell O'Connor ... Nell Bandis (as Isabell Monk)
Jack Murdock Jack Murdock ... Reverend Warren
Larry Cedar ... Reverend Sipes
Doug Toby ... Jackie
Laurie O'Brien ... Mamie, Abilene Hooker
Sara Gilbert ... Jean (Age 7) (as Sara Abeles)
Gillian Eaton ... Mrs. Helen O'Neill
Don Hepner Don Hepner ... Barker
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Biography of the famous cowgirl Martha Jane Cannary (Calamity Jane) is the Wild West character.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Juana Calamidad See more »

Filming Locations:

Tucson, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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To prepare for her role, Jane Alexander interviewed a centenarian who as a young boy had mended fences for the real Calamity Jane, who died in 1903. Years later, Alexander shared what she had learned with Robin Weigert, who would give a memorable portrayal as Jane in Deadwood (2004). See more »

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Yet another of the good TV movies, that surprise
3 August 2002 | by seajoe-1See all my reviews

Jane Alexander is most of this movie, but all the moviemaking techniques are respectable or better here and Frederick Forrest in a small role is pretty much fine, too. There's also a fat friend (of Jane's) who keeps appearing (Walter Olkewicz?): he also does quite a good job in a not very demanding role.

The script is not always - he says nicely - good, but it often is. And Jane Alexander is more than able to make the best of anything around.

Among other examples of her top of the list acting, it's quite amazing to me how well she showed (physically) a tough, quite masculine (sometimes) character. She got a walk together for the film that has little or no trace of the standard feminine (wherein, as a famous feminist once said, women imitate being feminine!). (Marilyn Monroe being the biggest example?)

And she plays old and washed up beautifully at the end of the film.

A movie that's well worth watching, and maybe even buying?, if you can find a good used version.


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