The Staircase (1998)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Western  |  12 April 1998 (USA)
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A small chapel's choir loft survives incomplete with no staircase, until one day a mysterious drifter, with a background in carpentry, arrives in town.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mother Madalyn
Sister Margaret
Mr. Mouly (as Justin Louis)
Mr. Filger
Paul Robert Langdon ...
Anthony Ritter
(as Rodney Grant)
Jane E. Goold ...
Florian (as Jane Goold)
Boots Southerland ...
Deputy Carlson
Ben Fuhrman ...
Wagon Driver
Peter Quintana ...
Dr. Guerra
Adan Sanchez ...


The sisters of the legendary Loredo Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico have lived for years with an unfinished choir loft, until one day a mysterious drifter (Petersen) arrives in town (just passing through), and is hired by the Reverend Mother (Hersey) to complete the work. Written by peanutlee33

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Fascinating story, well played
4 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Almost no information is available about this movie, or its air dates. After an ongoing and exhaustive search I found the DVD to be available for 3.99!-release date February 28, 2006. Try yahoo/DVD and video. In order to get this information posted I will continue to state that this is a well made film with a true and fascinating story about a mysterious carpenter who builds a very unusual staircase in a church. It is a chance to see William L. Peterson before C.S.I. turned him into a star. Equally featured in the story is the venerable Barbara Hershey

  • does anyone remember when she was Barbara Hershey Seagull? I have to

keep writing to get this posted. Thank you to the previous commentators for taking the time to recommend this somewhat obscure TV film which obviously leaves a lasting impression on many.

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