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Pioneer Woman (1973)

TV-PG | | Western | TV Movie 19 December 1973
In 1867, a family from the East, despite some initial hesitations, decides to try its luck by settling in the harsh and dangerous West.

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Buzz Kulik

Writer:

Suzanne Clauser
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joanna Pettet ... Maggie Sergeant
William Shatner ... John Sergeant
David Janssen ... Robert Douglas
Lance LeGault ... Joe Wormser
Helen Hunt ... Sarah Sargeant
Russell Baer Russell Baer ... Jeremy Sergeant
Linda Kupecek Linda Kupecek ... Philippa Wormser
Lloyd Berry ... Slim Hall
John Scott Martin ... Jake, Douglas Hand (as John Scott)
Robert Koons Robert Koons ... William Seymour
Agatha Mercer Agatha Mercer ... Trudy Seymour
Les Kimber Les Kimber ... Jordan Seymour
John Murrell John Murrell ... Henry Seymour
Frank Edge Frank Edge ... Frank, Douglas Hand
Una Pulson Una Pulson ... Mrs. Hall
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A homesteading family in the 1867 Wyoming faces a crisis when the husband is killed and the wife must decide whether to remain or take her son and daughter back East. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pioneers See more »

Filming Locations:

Twin Butte, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Production Co:

Filmways Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

About eight years prior to this TV movie, a young Joanna Pettet was a guest star in The Fugitive: Shadow of the Swan (1966) with David Janssen. See more »

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[first lines]
Maggie Sergeant: March 10, 1867. The events of this day have been extraordinary, indeed, almost frightening. I had expected to live out the rest of my days here in Indiana. Here, where I was born, was married, and gave birth to my two children. But within the week, I will never again be able to call Huntingville my home.
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Salvaging the dream
22 September 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I've always thought of Joanna Pettet as one of the most beautiful and glamorous women of the big screen and small in the latter half of the last century. So it's a pleasant surprise that in Pioneer Woman Pettet ditches the glamor and becomes a hard working Pioneer Woman who salvages her husband's dream of going west.

She faces some real problems as she and husband William Shatner sell all they have in Indiana move west on land Shatner bought from the railroad. Shatner does this unilaterally without consulting Pettet, in those days that is how it was done.

First Shatner gets uprooted from his land by some brothers who've been working it for seven years now. Then he's killed homesteading new land in Wyoming territory.

Pettet makes some critical choices for herself and kids Helen Hunt and Russell Baer. Hard work, a little luck and an understanding an hunky neighbor in rancher David Janssen make her believe that staying might be the best idea.

Pioneer Woman is a sober assessment of what pioneer life was like on the American frontier. Even without Indian wars it was still a rugged existence especially for a woman.

Pettet shows she has the right stuff. In fact this G rated film is actually quite the feminist manifesto.

A great film for family and feminist audiences if you can believe that.


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