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Roughnecks (1980)





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One of several syndicated TV miniseries of the 1980s, Roughnecks was part of the same "Golden Circle" project that previously yielded the multipart Wild Times. The title refers to a group of two-fisted oil wildcatters, among them self-made millionaire Paul Marshall (Steve Forrest), his lifelong pal and business partner, Plug Champion (Harry Morgan), and up-and-coming young "roughneck" O'Dell Hartman (Sam Melville). Avoiding the temptation of carbon-copying such previous oil-drilling movies like Boom Town, Flowing Gold, and Tulsa, this two-parter devoted much of its screen time to the hero's efforts to help Marshall's former sweetheart Ida McBride (Vera Miles) save her ranch by bringing in a valuable methane well. In most local markets, Roughnecks was telecast the third week of August (usually the 15th and 16th of that month) in 1980.


Sam Melville
as O'Dell Hartman
Steve Forrest
as Paul Marshall
Vera Miles
as Ida McBride
Cathy Lee Crosby
as Tracy Carter
Ana Alicia
as Yolanda Suarez
Wilford Brimley
as Willie Clayton
Stephen McHattie
as Roy Bethke
Harry Morgan
as Plug Champion
Andrew Rubin
as George Harris
Sarah Rush
as Carol McBride
Timothy Scott
as Boone Maddox
Kevin Geer
as Tom McBride
A Martinez
as Sal Espinoza
Rockne Tarkington
as Lenny Booker
Louise Heath
as Linda Booker
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