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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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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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Austin is reported by a police officer as being 6' 0" tall and weighing 170 pounds. His license plate number to his blue Mercedes is 1AVH1, with Oregon plates. See more »


During the party on February 16, we see a few inches of snow when they show the outside of the house and the guests' cars parked in the driveway. We then see a dusting of snow on the ground when Sarah runs out the back door to the greenhouse. At the same time, there's fog, frequent thunder, and lightning. This would be very odd weather to experience on the Oregon coastline especially, but it would be odd in any location to see snow, fog, thunder, and lightning all at once. See more »

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Sums up everything I hate about TV movies...
20 December 2014 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

This is a TV movie thriller masquerading as a ghost story, and it's as dim as it sounds. It encapsulates everything terrible about the American TV movie genre of the 1990s (although it narrowly missed that decade by a year): horrible scripting, a lack of decent characters, routine acting, and a storyline that thinks its something special when in actual fact it isn't.

THE HAUNTING OF SARAH HARDY attempts to build a decent Gothic atmosphere along the line of Du Maurier's REBECCA but attempts at building suspense are destined for failure. Instead, this becomes a piece of strictly routine hokum, with characters supposedly sent out of their wits by mysterious hauntings and spooky goings-on. The main issue I had was with the predictability of the storyline, which meant I knew exactly what was going on and guessed the twist well in advance. That makes for a very boring viewing experience.

There are no actors of note in the production, just the kind of faces that appear in this particular genre and never anything else. The lead, Sela Ward, would go on to appear in the horror remake of THE STEPFATHER some 20 years later, seemingly not having aged in the meantime, but given her lacklustre acting on show here you wonder how she ever had a career in the first place.

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