This adaptation of the Louis L'amour novel was produced by the TNT Network - starring husband and wife team, Sam Elliot and Catherine Ross, Conagher is as much a love story as an all action western. And it sticks closely to the original novel and it's also a nice touch having Louis L'amour's daughter show up in a small role - he plays the former saloon girl on her way to San Francisco.
But the film belongs to Sam Elliot as the honest cowpuncher, Conagher, a man who stands firm against all odds in order to do the right thing. It's a compelling performance by both leads and their love story develops naturally and doesn't interfere with the western action the viewer expects from a film such as this.
Elliot won a Golden Globe for his performance in this western and the award was well deserved.
"Any man who asks for help shouldn't start out in the first place."