Bonanza: The Return

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Bonanza: The Return
Genre Western
Written by David Dortort
Michael Landon Jr
Michael McGreevey
Tom Brinson
Directed by Jerry Jameson
Starring Ben Johnson
Michael Landon Jr.
Emily Warfield
Brian Leckner
Music by Bruce Miller
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) David Dortort
Tom Sarnoff
Tom Brinson (co-executive producer)
E.K. Gaylord II (co-executive producer)
Producer(s) Kent McCray
Dan Sarnoff (associate producer)
Cinematography Haskell B. Boggs
Editor(s) John Loeffler
Running time 93 minutes
Production company(s) Legend Entertainment
NBC Productions
Distributor NBC
Original network NBC
Original release
  • November 28, 1993 (1993-11-28)

Bonanza: The Return is a 1993 made-for-television film sequel to both the 1959–1973 television series Bonanza and the 1988 made-for-television film Bonanza: The Next Generation. The movie was directed by Jerry Jameson[1] and featured noted character actors Ben Johnson, Jack Elam, Dean Stockwell, Linda Gray, and Richard Roundtree.


None of the characters from the original series appears since the entire cast, with the exception of Pernell Roberts and David Canary, were dead. Michael Landon Jr. and Dirk Blocker, sons of the original series' stars, do appear. This film was followed two years later with the TV-movie Bonanza: Under Attack. David Canary, who portrayed Candy Canaday on the original series, was not involved with either TV-movie.


The setting is The Ponderosa in the year 1905. Augustus Brandenburg (Dean Stockwell), a land baron, attempts to take the Ponderosa first by legal, and then by illegal means, in order to strip the land of its natural resources. The story includes several flashbacks to the original series.

Partial cast[edit]

  • Ben Johnson ... Bronc Evans
  • Michael Landon Jr. ... 'Benj' Cartwright
  • Emily Warfield ... Sara Cartwright
  • Brian Leckner ... Josh Cartwright
  • Richard Roundtree ... Jacob Briscoe
  • Jack Elam ... Buckshot
  • Dirk Blocker ... Walter Fenster
  • David Sage ... Miller Swanson
  • Stewart Moss ... Preston McAdam
  • Dean Stockwell ... Augustus Brandenburg
  • Linda Gray ... Abigail 'Laredo' Stimmons
  • John Ingle ... Judge Jefferson MacKenzie
  • Archie Lang ... Dr. Green
  • Richard Fullerton ... Head Surveyor
  • Charles Gunning ... Otis


  1. ^ "Bonanza: The Return". TCM database. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved February 25, 2016. 

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