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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.



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Complete credited cast:
Maggie Grant (as Margaret Sophie Stein)
Jon DeVries ...
Christopher Bell ...
Woody Watson ...
Betty Laird ...
Marc Penney ...
Kara Beth Taylor ...


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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3 February 1991 (USA)  »

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

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John and Ada Bryan's old home served as the Whiting house. The Bryan's lived in the home from 1948 to 1960 before moving. Although they thought about selling the house, the couldn't bring themselves to do it, citing that their kids would never forgive them. Although the house was in very bad shape, it was remodeled by a movie company who wanted it to shoot a movie called "The Last Cattle Drive". Extensive renovations were completed, including enlarging the doors so camera equipment could come in and out. However, the movie plans were scrapped, but when a location scout for Sarah, Plain & Tall came upon the house, he knew he'd found an ideal location. See more »


Caleb Witting: [after dancing with Sarah] Papa! Jess took Sarah away!
Jacob Witting: It's called cutting in, Caleb.
Caleb Witting: You cut in! Take Sarah back!
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Followed by Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter's End (1999) See more »


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9 July 2005 | by (Hungary) – See all my reviews

Oh my God is such a wonderful film. I watched it on the channel Hallmark, and i tought that it will be boring, but i started to watch it, because there was Chris Walken (i heard he like Chris better like Christopher), and he is an amazing actor, and strangle sexy. The 2 children's are so nice and lovely, i think everybody wants such kind oh great kids:) Glenn Close is so nice ang beautiful in this film, and her role is also very good. A woman who tried to change old habits and and deep feelings. And there's a lovely ending!! Oh, and Mr. Walken is also great(like almost always). He plays perfectly the man who cant forget his wife and cant find the way to go on with 2 children's who lost their mothers but want live a normal life!! Great film i have seen it 5 times and i still love it!! 10/10

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