Children of the Dust (miniseries)

Children of the Dust is an American Western television miniseries, based on Clancy Carlile's novel of the said name.[1] Featuring an ensemble cast led by Sidney Poitier, Children of the Dust was originally broadcast by CBS on February 26 and 28 as part of 1995 in television.

Children of the Dust
Also known as''A Good Day to Die''
Written byClancy Carlile (novel)
Joyce Eliason (teleplay)
Directed byDavid Greene
StarringSidney Poitier
Michael Moriarty
Joanna Going
Hart Bochner
Regina Taylor
Billy Wirth
Robert Guillaume
Farrah Fawcett
Composer(s)Mark Snow
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Joyce Eliason
Frank Konigsberg
Harold Lee Tichenor
Running time240 minutes
Original networkCBS
Original releaseFebruary 26 
February 28, 1995

Plot summary

In the Oklahoma Territory of the late 1880s, Gypsy Smith (Poitier) is a bounty hunter of African American and Cherokee descent. Smith helps African American homesteaders to settle the territory under the specter of Jim Crow. Meanwhile, a young Native American raised by Whites (Wirth) must choose between the woman that he loves (Going) or his Cheyenne heritage.



On September 20, 1999, the miniseries was released on DVD, under the title A Good Day to Die. However, it was pared down to 120 minutes, and significant portions of the production were omitted.


  1. Ray Loynd (February 23, 1995). "TV Reviews: Children of the Dust". Variety.
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