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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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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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The gravestones for the small cemetery where Jacob's wife Katherine lay were hand-carved out of sheets of Styrofoam and then painted and stained to look like old headstones. See more »

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Caleb Witting: Go after her papa!
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Beautifully Done
1 September 2003 | by (L.A. CA) – See all my reviews

I had always heard good things about this film but never got around to seeing it. My 8 year old daughter loves books on the prairie life and we saw the video at the library so we watched it and we were both so moved, so impressed. A lovely film, wonderfully acted - Walken is a nice surprise - after a long, Hollywood career playing weirdos and sickos - he gives a fully realized, delicate, heartbreaking performance as a widower Kansas farmer. The children stay away from cliched, hammy acting and the whole thing is touching and sweet.


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