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Bonanza: The Return
Based onBonanza created by David Dortort
Written byMichael Landon Jr. (story)
Michael McGreevey (teleplay/story)
Tom Brinson (story by)
Directed byJerry Jameson
StarringBen Johnson
Michael Landon Jr.
Emily Warfield
Music byBruce Miller
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersDavid Dortort
Tom Sarnoff
Tom Brinson (co-executive producer)
E.K. Gaylord II (co-executive producer)
ProducersKent McCray
Dan Sarnoff (associate producer)
Production locationsSan Andreas, California
Tahoe Meadows, Lake Tahoe, California
Warner Ranch, Calabasas, California
Sierra Railroad, Jamestown, California
Ponderosa Ranch - 100 Ponderosa Ranch Road, Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Ponderosa Wagon Camp, Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, California
CinematographyHaskell B. Boggs
EditorJohn Loeffler
Running time93 minutes
Production companiesLegend Entertainment
NBC Productions
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original release
  • November 28, 1993 (1993-11-28)
Followed byBonanza: Under Attack

Bonanza: The Return is a 1993 made-for-television Western film. It is a sequel to both the 1959–1973 television series Bonanza and the 1988 made-for-television film Bonanza: The Next Generation. The film 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, although Blocker, who looked and sounded almost exactly like his father, was cast in a different, smaller role but his face and voice were featured prominently in the commercials advertising the film. Bonanza: The Return 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


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