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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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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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A long search was made to find working steam engine for Sarah's arrival. One was found at the Sturh Museum in Grand Island, Nebraska. The train was built in 1908 by the Baldwin Locamotive works. Unfortunately, the train needed extensive repairs before it's fires could be stoked. A timely contribution from the Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991) production saved the day. However, the train has been preserved and is on display at the towns museum. See more »

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Caleb Witting: Seal was worried. The house is too small, we thought, and I am loud and pesky.
Anna Witting: We thought you might be leaving us because you miss the sea.
Sarah Wheaton: Well, I'll always miss my old home, but the truth of it is, I'd miss you more.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Bart's Girlfriend (1994) See more »

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Sumer is icumen in
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Nice little movie
18 March 2000 | by (Québec, Québec, Canada) – See all my reviews

Nice little movie about life in the Prairie and about how a young widower can make a new life, and how his two children can relate to a new women coming to their home to "replace" their mother. No clichés (there could have been scores of them), sensitive story, good casting. Never before that movie had I sensed how Kansas and Maine, two states in the same country, can be so far apart, geographically and culturally.


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