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On a hot day in Texas in the the 1890s, a stranger shows up at the small dairy farm of Royal and Ellie Thompson. He asks for work and is hired. He's a taciturn, English-speaking Swede from ... See full summary »

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Michael Fields
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Ward ... Royal Earle Thompson
Stellan Skarsgård ... Olaf Helton
Pat Hingle ... Homer T. Hatch
Jon Cryer ... Teenage Herbert
Roberts Blossom ... Mr. McClellan
James N. Harrell James N. Harrell ... Tom Allbright
Lise Hilboldt ... Ellie Thompson
Brent Hadaway Brent Hadaway ... Teenage Arthur
Adam Faraizl Adam Faraizl ... Young Arthur
James Gammon ... Sheriff
Wayne Tippit ... Mr. Burleigh
Enrique Brown Enrique Brown ... Young Herbert
Billie Keller Billie Keller ... Mrs. McClellan
Shawn Sattler Shawn Sattler ... McClellan Boy
Jerry Biggs Jerry Biggs ... Mr. Manning
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On a hot day in Texas in the the 1890s, a stranger shows up at the small dairy farm of Royal and Ellie Thompson. He asks for work and is hired. He's a taciturn, English-speaking Swede from North Dakota; he's competent, strong, and good at farming and dairying. The years pass, the farm flourishes. Then one day a second stranger, also from North Dakota, Homer Hatch, arrives and lives are changed in ways no-one could have imagined. Written by Eileen Berdon <eberdon@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

In der Mittagsglut See more »

Filming Locations:

Fredericksburg, Texas, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Haunting and Disturbing
11 February 2000 | by oleander-3See all my reviews

Based on the short story by Katherine Anne Porter, this quiet film is about a Swedish man who comes to work for a family in Texas. Despite their efforts, he refuses to become part of the family, and hardly talks during the whole nine years he's with them. In the beginning we think he is odd--the way he becomes angry when someone even touches his harmonicas, the way he works without stopping, bringing fortune to the family, and the way he gets angry if people insist on talking to him. Yet after a series of unsettling events, the viewer begins to wonder if he is human at all. A wonderful film that draws you completely into its dreamlike mood. I give it a.........9/10.


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