Alexandra Bergson inherits the family farm and struggles to carve a home and a fortune from the windswept prairie. Along the way, she forfeits her one chance for love, but never forgets the... See full summary »

Director:

Glenn Jordan

Writers:

Willa Cather (novel), Robert W. Lenski (teleplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Lange ... Alexandra Bergson
David Strathairn ... Carl Linstrum
Tom Aldredge ... Ivar
Reed Diamond ... Emil
Anne Heche ... Marie
Heather Graham ... Young Alexandra Bergson
Josh Hamilton ... Young Carl
Leigh Lawson ... Frank
Graham Beckel ... Oscar
Bradley Gregg ... Young Oscar
Adam Nelson ... Lou
Darin Heames ... Young Lou
Deborah May ... Mrs Bergson
Christopher Collet ... Amedee
John Durbin ... Father Duchesne
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Storyline

Alexandra Bergson inherits the family farm and struggles to carve a home and a fortune from the windswept prairie. Along the way, she forfeits her one chance for love, but never forgets the teenager who stirred her heart. He returns 15 years later and rekindles within Alexandra a long-buried dream and newfound desire. Willa Cather's famous novel comes stirringly to life in this made-for-TV movie. Written by SLR

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Drama

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Rated PG for brief mild violence and sensuality | See all certifications »
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Filmed entirely in and around Johnstown, Nebraska. See more »

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The letter read in the opening scene refers to a "telephone pole." In 1883, telephones did not exist in rural Nebraska. They meant telegraph pole. See more »

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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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You missed the culture
5 October 2004 | by rreagan-2See all my reviews

Scandinavians are, as a rule, stoic -- I think the previous viewer missed that dynamic. That, and for a woman to have achieved success during the time this woman did was quite an accomplishment. I guess we just want more drama or shoot-em-up in our films these days, but having run a farm and done so well seems a task that eludes many in our modern world.

Whoever didn't like this film most likely was sorely out of touch with the culture at the time it was set, as well as that of the ethnic group. Jessica's character reminds me very much of someone in my own family, and her accomplishments, against often insurmountable odds, is nothing short of spectacular.

Sorry it's not exciting enough for some. The real world is not made up of alien invasions and ghetto trauma. It's a feel-good film of a culture that worked hard and succeeded. I, for one, appreciate it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: O Pioneers! (#41.2) See more »

Filming Locations:

Johnstown, Nebraska, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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