Distributed by NBC and Columbia TriStar Television in 1979, The Legend of the Golden Gun told the story of a farmer and a runaway slave (played by Jeff Osterhage and Carl Franklin), who teamed up to find and bring to justice a Confederate guerrilla (Robert Davi). During their travels, they met a legendary gunfighter (Hal Holbrook), who taught them how to draw and shoot and gave them a special revolver holding seven rounds instead of the usual six.
The Legend of the Golden Gun was one of several TV-movie Westerns popular in the late 1970s, a time when Westerns rarely enjoyed box-office success. The Legend, however, was unique in that it included a fantasy element. Television-film critics have also compared the plot line to that of Star Wars, a film partially influenced by The Searchers and other popular Westerns of the 1950s and 1960s.