Jan. 13, 2008
120 min.
CBS TV Network

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Comanche Moon

Comanche Moon, a six-hour mini-series, is based on the novel by Larry McMurtry in the "Lonesome Dove" series. The story follows Texas Rangers Augustus McCrae (Steven Zahn) and Woorow F. Call (Karl Urban) as they deal with the tensions of adult life.

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Augustus McCrae, commonly known simply as "Gus" for short, is a fictional Texas Ranger who appears in three books in the Lonesome Dove series by the American writer Larry McMurtry. He is very close friends with Woodrow F. Call, and much of the series (except for Streets of Laredo) revolves around their relationship, which endures for decades despite (or perhaps because of) their opposite personalities. While a capable Ranger, Gus frequently complains about the work they do, and when not on the job, enjoys being lazy, unlike Call's more Type A personality. Gus is also a very social, gregarious and talkative man, whereas Call is more focused on the job at hand, rarely discussing what he sees as trivial matters, including relationships with women.

In Comanche Moon

In this book, he and Woodrow have now been Texas Rangers for ten years. Gus has been competing with a horsetrader named Bob Allen for Clara's affections, but his relationship with Clara continues at the mercy of his duties as a Ranger. As the novel begins, he and Call are on a mission with their commanding officer, Inish Scull. When the Indian Kicking Wolf steals Scull's horse, Scull takes off on foot to find it, taking only the Kickapoo tracker Famous Shoes with him. He gives Gus and Call ad hoc promotions to Captain and puts them in charge of getting the company of Rangers back to Austin. Back in Austin, Gus is heartbroken to learn that Clara has decided to marry Bob Allen. He is shocked to learn that Inish Scull's wife Inez, despite seducing him and apparently having a habit of doing so to many other Austin men while her husband is away, also expects him and Call to lead an expedition to get her husband back.

Gus and Call lead the expedition, which also includes Pea Eye Parker, Jake Spoon, and Joshua Deets. However, upon hearing that Austin has been raided by Comanches, they return home. While back in Austin, they receive word from the Mexican bandit and torturer Ahumado they are willing to trade Scull for a herd of cattle. Governor Pease instructs Gus and Call to meet a Captain King who lives in the small border town of Lonesome Dove, so that they can buy a herd of cattle from him. King, however, seems uninterested, and untrusting of the state to pay him what he believes the cattle are worth. Gus and Call decide to leave their troop behind and rescue Scull themselves. They find him deserted, as Ahumado left the camp behind to find a place to die, and everyone else left when they noticed his absence. Scull has had his eyelids cut off and is losing his sanity, but they take him back home where, in time, he recovers.

In the film, Augustus is played by Steve Zahn.

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