IMDb > Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991) (TV)
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991) (TV) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 6 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
7.2/10   1,382 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
No change in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers (WGA):
Contact:
View company contact information for Sarah, Plain and Tall on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
3 February 1991 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Touching See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Glenn Close ... Sarah Wheaton

Christopher Walken ... Jacob Witting

Lexi Randall ... Anna Witting
Malgorzata Zajaczkowska ... Maggie Grant (as Margaret Sophie Stein)
Jon DeVries ... Matthew Grant
Christopher Bell ... Caleb Witting

James Rebhorn ... William Wheaton
Woody Watson ... Jess Stearns
Betty Laird ... Mrs. Parkley
Marc Penney ... Ticket Agent
Kara Beth Taylor ... Rose
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lawrence J. Moran ... Jedidiah (uncredited)
Create a character page for: ?

Directed by
Glenn Jordan 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Patricia MacLachlan (book)

Patricia MacLachlan (teleplay) and
Carol Sobieski (teleplay)

Produced by
Glenn Close .... executive producer
Glenn Jordan .... producer
William Self .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
David Shire 
 
Cinematography by
Mike Fash 
 
Film Editing by
John Wright 
 
Casting by
Marsha Kleinman 
 
Production Design by
Ed Wittstein 
 
Art Direction by
Timothy R. Bauer (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Checchi 
Rob Laird 
 
Costume Design by
Van Broughton Ramsey 
 
Makeup Department
Karen Bradley .... makeup artist
Verne Caruso .... hair stylist
Alan D'Angerio .... hair stylist: Ms. Close
McKinley Kirby .... makeup artist: Ms. Close
 
Production Management
Robert Doudell .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bettiann Fishman .... second assistant director
Ellen H. Schwartz .... first assistant director (as Ellen Schwartz)
 
Art Department
Stanford Gilbert .... assistant property master
Stephen Goldblatt .... lead scenic artist
Cheri Paul .... property master
Richard D. Wright .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Tim Chilton .... foley artist
Bob Costanza .... sound editor
Robert W. Glass Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Jacob Goldstein .... production sound mixer
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer
G. Michael Graham .... supervising sound editor (as Michael Graham)
Grover B. Helsley .... sound re-recording mixer (as Grover Helsley)
Suzanne Jesse .... foley supervisor
Kristi Johns .... adr editor
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
Richard D. Rogers .... sound re-recording mixer (as Richard Rogers)
Frank Fleming .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John D. Burkley .... gaffer (as John Burkley)
Bob Greene .... still photographer
Dennis J. Laine .... assistant camera
Rick Marroquin .... grip
Robert D. Shulman .... key grip (as Bob Shulman)
 
Casting Department
Beverlee Dean .... casting: children
Shari Rhodes .... casting: children
Jack Wright .... casting: Kansas
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sonny Merritt .... set costumer
Cheri Reed .... key costumer
Joan Thomas .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Barbara Dunning .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Roberta Vidricksen .... vocal coach
 
Transportation Department
Ted Basso .... production van driver operator
Oscar Beguiristain .... transportation co-captain
Christopher Brookman .... production driver
Alan Collis .... transportation coordinator
Manny Demello .... driver
Bubba Thrift .... transportation
 
Other crew
Adam Boster .... production assistant
Brett Botula .... location manager
Judi Brown .... script supervisor
Dawn Dumas .... animal trainer (as Dawn Martin)
Hodgson Eckel .... production assistant
Brenda Findley .... assistant production coordinator (as Brenda Manske)
Madeleine Klein .... animal trainer
Keith Mitchell .... production staff
Stacey Nathan .... assistant: Mr. Jordan
Marsha Paludan .... choreographer
Denny Peterson .... wrangler
Levi Peterson .... wrangler
Michael Stubbs .... location manager
Darren Wiseman .... assistant location manager
Teresa M. Yarbrough .... production coordinator (as Teresa Yarbrough)
Dixie Jones .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Hallmark Hall of Fame: Sarah, Plain and Tall (#40.2)" - USA (anthology series)
See more »
Runtime:
98 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Sarah Wheaton:The past steps on the heels of the present whether you like it or not.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into "Hallmark Hall of Fame" (1951)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sumer is icumen inSee more »

FAQ

How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
Is "Sarah, Plain and Tall" based on a book?
In what year is this story set?
See more »
11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Touching, 19 July 2002

I remember reading the book, Sarah, Plain and Tall, as a small child, probably for school or something. In most cases, movies based on books are usually a let-down, but this movie, in my opinion, was even better than the book itself. It's a wonderful story of a young mail-order bride who travels from her home in Maine to the vast strangeness of undeveloped, prarie-town, Kansas. One of the things I really liked about this movie was that it didn't have any sticky-sweetness that is common in family films. Sarah, the main character, is far from perfect, and there is a constant battle-of-wills between her and Jacob. Probably the biggest conflict in the film, besides the fact that Sarah is extremely homesick, is that Jacob expects Sarah to be like his late wife--who seems to have been a quiet, gentle woman. Sarah is nice, but she is also stubborn and quick to speak her mind. She and Jacob have to come to terms with each other, over and over again. Jacob's character was well-written. He's a man trying to raise his family the best he knows how, but he can't seem to let go of his late wife. He blames himself for her death, and seems almost afraid to let his children remember her. He doesn't have much room in his heart for Sarah, but she barges in anyway, neatly disobeying him and breaking down the walls in his heart. The children were very good as well--Anna struggles with accepting Sarah, and her growing fondness towards her. Calab loves Sarah, simply because he is small and doesn't remember his real mother. I thought the story line was great, as was the actual casting. Glenn Close doesn't usually play such wholesome, family roles, but she actually pulled it off, which proves, of course, that's she's a terrific actress in any role. She was convincing as Sarah, and gave her a little added spice... Christopher Walken, also, was great as the father, who, I think, falls for Sarah without really realizing it. The children, played by Lexi Randell and Christopher Bell, fit snugly into their roles. The whole movie is a very touching family story. I give it ten stars, for a wonderful performance.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (11 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Sarah, Plain and Tall (1991)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Attn, Fan Fiction readers... Bixbyfan
author wrote another book sequel to winter's end rasch662001
folk song khristi_b
question Sweetie_Face_us
question about something Matty said soundsofsilence
Christopher Walken Celtic_Celia
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Brokeback Mountain Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Creation Giant Madame Bovary
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.