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The Haunting of Sarah Hardy (1989)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror  -  31 May 1989 (USA)
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As a child, Sarah witnesses her wealthy mother's suicide. Later, as a young bride, she is haunted by her mother's voice and other strange manifestations. Is it her imagination, someone ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Hardy
Austin Hardy
Roscoe Born ...
Allen deVineyn
Emily Stepford
Charles Bernard ...
Uncle Neddy
Vana O'Brien ...
Aunt Caroline
Janet Penner ...
Sarah's Mother
Steven Clark Pachosa ...
Bethany Ward ...
Young Sarah
Joe Cronin ...
Burton McMahon
Dawn Prociv ...
Young Lucy
Jeff Williams ...
Young Alan
Mitzi Ellis ...
Nan Claiborne
Rod Pilloud ...
Biff Claiborne


As a child, Sarah witnesses her wealthy mother's suicide. Later, as a young bride, she is haunted by her mother's voice and other strange manifestations. Is it her imagination, someone playing tricks on her, or her dead mother's spirit? Written by <>

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31 May 1989 (USA)  »

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A Loucura de Sarah  »

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Austin is reported by a police officer as being 6' 0" tall and weighing 170 pounds. His license plate number to his blue Mercedes is 1AVH1, with Oregon plates. See more »


When Sarah returns home one afternoon, and goes into her bedroom, she quickly closes the door behind her. We hear the distinct sound of a lock or latch being fastened while her hand is briefly on the door knob. The viewers are to assume that she has locked the door. But when Miss Thetford then tries to come into the room, and the camera gives a close shot of the door knob while she's twisting it, we see that the only way to lock that door is with a skeleton key. There is no key in the hole, and there would have been no way for Sarah to have locked the door so quickly unless she had left the skeleton key in the hole. See more »

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Better than I thought it would be
5 January 2006 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

The movie starts with the funeral of Sarah's father. Sarah's mother is being cruel to the girl. Later, Sarah's mother goes from cruel to insane. Miss Stepford, who takes care of the house, provides the poor girl some comfort.

15 years later, Sarah is marrying Austin at a little church next to the cemetery where her mother's gravestone is. The mother's body was never found. Lucy, Sarah's best friend as a child, is a soap actress whose role is being discontinued. Allen, a shrink who was also a friend, is not happy.

Sarah moves back into the mansion known as The Pines, on the Oregon coast, where she has not lived since her mother ran into the ocean and never came back. She seems happy with her new life until she starts hearing her mother's voice again. Then the harpsichord her mother used to play ... only no one is there. Then things really start to get weird.

Sela Ward has a reputation as a quality actress, and I saw potential here, though I wouldn't have said she was that good just from seeing this movie. Morgan Fairchild was better than I expected, and Polly Bergen was fine as Miss Stepford.

This wasn't a horror movie in the classic sense, but more of a mystery with some interesting plot twists, including some that I didn't see coming. As the movie progressed, I liked it better than I thought I would.

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