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As a mother (Raver) deals with the death of her young son, she learns that her niece is being contacted by the boy from beyond the grave.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Raver ... Erica Rose / Heather Rose
Alison Sealy-Smith Alison Sealy-Smith ... Rosie
Rick Roberts ... Edgar Lewis
Niamh Wilson ... Sarah Lewis
Ryland Thiessen Ryland Thiessen ... David Lord
Gordon Tanner Gordon Tanner ... Richard Lord
Terri Cherniak Terri Cherniak ... Dr. Rachel Koenig
Ross McMillan Ross McMillan ... Psychic
Ernesto Griffith Ernesto Griffith ... ICU doctor
Marina Stephenson Kerr ... Dr. Samantha Graton
Blake Taylor Blake Taylor ... Dr. Christopher Myman
Audrey Dwyer Audrey Dwyer ... Phebe
Harry Nelken Harry Nelken ... Hardware clerk
Krysia Andrzejczak Krysia Andrzejczak ... New teacher
Kristen Sawatzky ... Woman
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Writer and college professor of mythology, Erica, and her pediatrician sister, Heather, are twins and have been closely connected since they were children. Erica's daughter, Sarah, and Heather's son, David, are close as siblings. However, when David is hit by a car and dies in a silly accident, Sarah has premonitions and claims that she still talks and plays with her cousin. Meanwhile, Erica finds that she is pregnant and needs to rest, and Heather is informed that she cannot have any more children. Erica travels to a cottage by a lake and is told by her maid, Rosie, that the spirit of David does not realize that he died abruptly - and is waiting for the chance to be reborn. Erica does not believe her so sends Rosie back home, staying in the house with Sarah and Heather, but when the spirit of David is aggressive with Sarah, Erica calls Rosie back to help. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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English

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3 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Cookie cutter TV movie
31 January 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

The usual TV movie ghost story nonsense. HAUNTING SARAH bears a title almost exactly the same as a similarly-themed '80s ghost story, THE HAUNTING OF SARAH, making me wonder why only housewives named Sarah seem to suffer the effects of a haunting in American-made TV movies.

Anyway, this one has a intriguing set up: the main characters are a pair of identical twins (difficult to differentiate, given the scriptwriter's inability to provide characterisation) who are both married with children. When one of their kids is killed in a tragic car accident, the daughter of the other begins to exhibit symptoms of being controlled and guided by his spirit.

I was mildly involved in this opening scenario, despite the typical deficiencies in a TV movie: poor production values, play-it-safe content, middling performances and a samey feel. However, the early potential is soon wasted in too much of the clichéd 'is she/isn't she' mad storyline, and boring scenes of families arguing. The child acting is pretty poor, it has to be said, and occasionally the film veers into outright ham with some sub-EXORCIST hijinks. Not recommended, then.


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