Academy Award-winning actor Tommy Lee Jones adds directing and screen writing to his credits in a TNT Original movie, “The Good Old Boys,” premiering Sunday night at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Western comes from a book by Elmer Kelton.
Kelton fashioned the characters after men he knew as a boy growing up on a ranch in western Texas in the 1930s, when the American West was shrinking and the automobile was beginning to shape society.
Two of Kelton’s other novels are among the 25 best Western novels, chosen by members of Western Writers of America in 1977. J.T. Allen co-wrote the script with Jones.
For his directorial debut, Jones is surrounded by a cast considerably more renowned than those in the usual made-for-television movie.
Terry Kinney plays his brother and Frances McDormand does a superb job as his practical and tough sisterin-law. Sam Shepard plays his cowboy crony, while Matt Damon and Blayne Weaver are very good as his nephews. Wilford Brimley and Walter Olkewicz also co-star.
Repeats Wednesday, Friday and March 12, 13, 17 and 18.