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A Western about a former Confederate soldier (Anson Mount) and his quest for revenge on the Union troops who killed his wife. In the premiere episode, he heads west to take a job helping to construct the first transcontinental railroad.

Source: AMC

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Sunday November 06th, 2011

  • Currently 9.2/10
9.2/10 (12 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Gerald Auger
As Cheyenne Brave
Ian Tracey
As Bolan
Diego Diablo Del Mar
As Dix
David Lereaney
As Telegraph Operator
James D. Hopkin
As Senator Jordan Crane
Tom Carey (2)
As Union Soldier
Chris Ippolito
As Young Engineer
Jesse Lipscombe
As William
Ted Levine
As Daniel Johnson
Robert Moloney
As Robert Bell
Dru Mouser
As Prostitute
Dave Brown
As Walking Boss
Main Cast
Anson Mount
As Cullen Bohannon
Colm Meaney
As Thomas "Doc" Durant
As Elam Ferguson
Tom Noonan
As Reverend Nathaniel Cole
Eddie Spears
As Joseph Black Moon
Ben Esler
As Sean McGinnes
Philip Burke
As Mickey McGinnes
Episode Notes
Tom Noonan and Ted Levine, who star in this episode, have both played villains in different Hannibal Lector films. Tom Noonan played Francis Dollarhyde, The Tooth Fairy, in Manhunter and Ted Levine played Jame Gumb, Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
The Dead WeatherSo Far from Your Weapon 

Episode Goofs
While Joseph Black Moon is being baptized, the congregation sings "Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour". This song doesn't yet exist at the time the show takes place though. The lyrics and music were written in 1868 and 1870, while the show takes place in 1865.

A man asks Cullen if he is a gunslinger but this term wasn't used until 1920, in a western film.

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