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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

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Movie writer, Patricia MacLachlan said that the story was based on a true life event from her family's history. See more »

Quotes

Anna Witting: [playfully] I thought when you were born, I said you were homely and plain. And you had terrible holler and a horrid smell.
Caleb Witting: [sadly] And that it was my fault mama died the next morning?
Anna Witting: [walks over to Caleb and hugs him] I never thought that Caleb. Never. I forgot to say good night to her, that's all I could think about.
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Connections

Referenced in Rifftrax Shorts: Alone at Home (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Come all ye fair and tender ladies
Traditional American song
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Beautifully Done
1 September 2003 | by shark-43See all my reviews

I had always heard good things about this film but never got around to seeing it. My 8 year old daughter loves books on the prairie life and we saw the video at the library so we watched it and we were both so moved, so impressed. A lovely film, wonderfully acted - Walken is a nice surprise - after a long, Hollywood career playing weirdos and sickos - he gives a fully realized, delicate, heartbreaking performance as a widower Kansas farmer. The children stay away from cliched, hammy acting and the whole thing is touching and sweet.


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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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