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The Haunting of Sarah Hardy (1989)

A woman's husband and his lover try to drive her mad at their seaside mansion.


Jerry London


Jim Flanagan (novel), Thomas Baum (teleplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sela Ward ... Sarah Hardy
Michael Woods ... Austin Hardy
Roscoe Born Roscoe Born ... Allen deVineyn
Polly Bergen ... Emily Stepford
Morgan Fairchild ... Lucy
Charles Bernard Charles Bernard ... Uncle Neddy
Vana O'Brien Vana O'Brien ... Aunt Caroline
Janet Penner Janet Penner ... Sarah's Mother
Steven Clark Pachosa Steven Clark Pachosa ... Shingler
Bethany Ward Bethany Ward ... Young Sarah
Joe Cronin Joe Cronin ... Burton McMahon
Dawn Prociv Dawn Prociv ... Young Lucy
Jeff Williams Jeff Williams ... Young Alan
Mitzi Ellis Mitzi Ellis ... Nan Claiborne
Rod Pilloud Rod Pilloud ... Biff Claiborne


As a child, Sarah witnesses her wealthy mother's suicide. Later, as a young bride, she moves back into her mother's old estate. Shortly after, she is haunted by her mother's voice, receiving strange phone calls, and other bizarre occurrences around the house. Is it her imagination, her dead mother's spirit, or someone playing tricks on her..? Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu> / edited by: <halloweenh27@yahoo.com>

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Money, Madness, Murder.


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Release Date:

31 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Loucura de Sarah See more »

Filming Locations:

North Coast, Oregon, USA See more »

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Misspelling of Haunting when the mother is reading a research book titled "The Truth of Hantings" See more »


When Sarah returns home one afternoon, and goes into her bedroom, she quickly closes the door behind her. We hear the distinct sound of a lock or latch being fastened while her hand is briefly on the door knob. The viewers are to assume that she has locked the door. But when Miss Thetford then tries to come into the room, and the camera gives a close shot of the door knob while she's twisting it, we see that the only way to lock that door is with a skeleton key. There is no key in the hole, and there would have been no way for Sarah to have locked the door so quickly unless she had left the skeleton key in the hole. See more »

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Comparable at times to The Others
11 August 2008 | by kakiolsenSee all my reviews

I remember this as one of the first great mystery films that I saw as a child. My parents only let me watch it because Alan's office and Ms. Stepford's kitchen were both located in my family home in Oregon. We still tell the tale of Sela Ward volunteering to babysit my baby brother while Mom drove the three of us girls to elementary school.

Not until I saw The Others have I seen a movie that makes me second-guess myself so much. I love Sela's acting, even if the writing would not have impressed me as an adult.

It also reminds me of What Lies Beneath, the conspiracy of one character who may not believe in supernatural influences preying on the credulous for their own gains.

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