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Plainsong (1982)

 -  Western  -  October 1983 (USA)
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Based on the diary of Sara Charity Karker. In 1874 three young women set off for Nebraska in search of fun, idealism and family ties. Over the next 12 years the harshness of the frontier, ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Jessica Nelson ...
Trija Howland Logan
Teresanne Joseph ...
Mary Jessup Logan
Lyn Traverse ...
Sara Charity Fulgham
Steven Geiger ...
Tom Logan (as Steve Geiger)
Carl Kielblock ...
Harm Fletcher
Mary Smith ...
Amy Holman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mick 5 ...
Fred Payne
Ted Brierley ...
Coffinmaker
Michael Cowan ...
Deputy
Alfred DeCarolis ...
Jesse Logan
Howard Harris ...
Ralph Fulgham
Hal Holman ...
Reverend Holman
George Kasiski ...
Nathan Logan
Sandon McCall ...
Frank Logan
Doc McPeek ...
Old Sheriff
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Based on the diary of Sara Charity Karker. In 1874 three young women set off for Nebraska in search of fun, idealism and family ties. Over the next 12 years the harshness of the frontier, the lawlessness, work, illness and childbirth, wreak havoc in their lives. Written by Anonymous

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The Space Between Heaven And Earth Is Not Empty.

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The most neglected western ever?
6 March 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most lyrical, simple and sweet westerns ever made - and NOBODY (except Leonard Maltin, who gave it 3 1/2 stars) appears to have seen it!

The premise is simple. Three young ladies ( one with the very Victorian name of Charity) meet and bond as they head west for marriages with men they haven't met. One jokes that perhaps they'll meet some western "rogues". Well, they get a lot more than that. From struggling with abuse and death, to learning to love someone even in the face of indifference, to a genuine western gunfight, this movie is really about how people deal with Life.

The director, Ed Stabile, is a film editor. One surprising thing about this film is it's "non"-editing. Stabile locks the camera down for certain key scenes and just lets it run. In one unforgettable shot, the ladies meet - and just cry. And cry. And cry... and get over it. In another, someone has to arrange a funeral. We follow them into the local cabinet maker(he does coffins on the side), and watch them haggle over the price. He at least has the good taste to apologize for it being so steep.

All in all, a wonderful film (and not as heavy as this review sounds). If you can find it anywhere, watch it. And don't forget - the Nebraska locations were shot in New Jersey!


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