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Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991)

A single New England woman responds to an advertisement by a Midwestern widower in which he asks for a bride to help him raise his two children.

Director:

Glenn Jordan

Writers:

Patricia MacLachlan (book), Patricia MacLachlan (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Close ... Sarah Wheaton
Christopher Walken ... Jacob Witting
Lexi Randall ... Anna Witting
Malgorzata Zajaczkowska ... Maggie Grant (as Margaret Sophie Stein)
Jon DeVries Jon DeVries ... Matthew Grant
Christopher Bell Christopher Bell ... Caleb Witting
James Rebhorn ... William Wheaton
Woody Watson ... Jess Stearns
Betty Laird Betty Laird ... Mrs. Parkley
Marc Penney Marc Penney ... Ticket Agent
Kara Beth Taylor Kara Beth Taylor ... Rose
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Storyline

Set around the turn of the century. Jacob, a widowed farmer with two small children, places an ad in a paper for a new wife. The ad is answered by a spinster in Maine, who writes letters to them and describes herself as "plain and tall." And she takes a trip to Jacob's farm to see if she can make a difference. Written by Kathy Li

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Plot Keywords:

children | letter | farmer | farm | maine | See All (107) »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

Certificate:

G

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Sarah, Plain and Tall (#40.2) See more »

Filming Locations:

Osage City, Kansas, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The gravestones for the small cemetery where Jacob's wife Katherine lay were hand-carved out of sheets of Styrofoam and then painted and stained to look like old headstones. See more »

Quotes

Sarah Wheaton: The past steps on the heels of the present whether you like it or not.
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Connections

Referenced in Rifftrax Shorts: Each Child is Different (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Come all ye fair and tender ladies
Traditional American song
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User Reviews

 
Beautiful story!
18 January 2002 | by menakaSee all my reviews

Sarah,Plain and Tall was a great pleasure to watch,it was a simple story that was told,just as it should have been,simply.Sarah,almost a mailorder bride,comes to live with a widower and his two young children on the prairie and her life never is the same again.The story revolves around friendships formed,ideals changed and above all the importance of family.No character is a stereotype they are realistic people with their own shortcomings but are essentially good human beings with morals and integrity.Glenn Close and Christopher Walkin bring so many truths to their characters and the chemistry between them is real and heartfelt.A very special movie,great to watch with the family!


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