On This Date: ‘Stagecoach,’ Starring Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, & More, Debuted Back In 1986

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Talk about one helluva cast.

Back in 1986, CBS decided to reinvent the iconic 1939 western film Stagecoach, which starred John Wayne, and was widely known as his first breakthrough role.

Of course, as successful as the original movie was, CBS and director Ted Post knew they had to bring in a star studded, authentic cast to serve the 1939 success justice.

So, who did they bring in?

No other than Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, June Carter Cash, and Jessi Colter.

In fact, the movie was released on this date, back in 1986.

Cash starred as Marshal Curly Wilcox, Willie Nelson as Doc Holiday, Kris Kristofferson as Ringo, Waylon Jennings as Hatfield, June Carter Cash as Mrs. Pickett, and Jessi Colter as Martha.

The plot was based on a group of strangers that boarded a stagecoach from Tonto, Arizona, to Lordsburg, New Mexico in June of 1880, and their experiences on their journey, featuring run ins with Ringo (Kristofferson), who had just broken out of prison.

At the time, Cash, Nelson, Kristofferson, and Jennings had just started the country music supergroup, The Highwaymen.

The Stagecoach remake won bronze at the 1987 Western Heritage Awards.

It’s a classic.

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A beer bottle on a dock