Sarah, Plain and Tall

Producer: 
Glenn Jordan
Director: 
Glenn Jordan
Starring: 
Glenn Close, Christopher Walken
Screenplay: 
Patricia MacLachlan, Carol Sobie
Music By: 
David Shire
Production Company: 
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Distributor: 
Family Home Entertainment
Length in minutes: 
98
MPAA Rating: 
PG
ISBN: 
1574922653
ASIN: 
6305049033
Publication Date: 
1990
List Price: 
14.98
Short Review: 
This Hallmark Hall of Fame production starring Glenn Close and Christopher Walken retains the quiet charm of Patricia MacLachlan’s Newbery Medal winner about a mailorder bride who comes to stay with Anna, Caleb and their father on the prairie.
Long Review: 

It is 1910 in Kansas, and Anna and Caleb’s father Jacob places an advertisement for “a kind woman to share a life with a widower and his two young children – to make a difference. No picture necessary.” When Sarah Wheaton from Maine responds, saying she will arrive in a yellow dress and will stay for one month, to see if she can make a difference, no one is sure if she will stay. Will she miss the sea and her home in Maine too much? Will she think the house is too small? Will they all be able to let go of the past and move into the future, together? Glenn Close brings a compassionate determination to the role of Sarah, and Christopher Walken, in a nice change of pace from his scary tough-guy roles but with his customary restraint, is convincing as the caring father who still needs to grieve over the loss of his first wife before he can love again. Filmed on location in Kansas, Nebraska and Maine, this is a realistic portrait of life on the prairie, of people getting to know and learning to love one another, and of a family becoming whole again. This heartwarming story for the whole family continues in Skylark (both a book by Patricia MacLachlan and a Hallmark Hall of Fame film), and in the film Winter’s End – both available on video and DVD.

Reviewer: 
Lauren Mayer
Rating: 
5
Series: 
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Miscellaneous: 
also available on DVD
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