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The Staircase (1998)

A small chapel's choir loft survives incomplete with no staircase, until one day a mysterious drifter, with a background in carpentry, arrives in town.

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Karen Arthur
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Hershey ... Mother Madalyn
William Petersen ... Joad
Diane Ladd ... Sister Margaret
Louis Ferreira ... Mr. Mouly (as Justin Louis)
David Clennon ... Simon Filger
Paul Robert Langdon Paul Robert Langdon ... Paco
Anthony Ritter Anthony Ritter ... Hernando
Mark Sivertsen ... Mr. Prewitt
Rodney A. Grant ... Geronimo (as Rodney Grant)
Jane E. Goold Jane E. Goold ... Sister Florian (as Jane Goold)
Boots Southerland Boots Southerland ... Deputy Carlson
Paul Geoffrey ... Samuels
Ben Fuhrman Ben Fuhrman ... Wagon Driver
Peter Quintana Peter Quintana ... Dr. Guerra
Adan Sanchez Adan Sanchez ... Lennie
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The sisters of the legendary Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, New Mexico have lived for years with an unfinished choir loft, until one day a mysterious drifter (Petersen) arrives in town (just passing through), and is hired by the Reverend Mother (Hersey) to complete the work. Written by peanutlee33

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Her faith made a miracle. His creation made a legend.

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Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1998 (USA) See more »

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A Escada See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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If you look at the cane Barbara Hershey is using it is rather ornate/expensive for a nun. Even if it was given to her by someone. See more »

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A wonderfully mysteriously hauntingly beautiful story
10 February 2013 | by oprlvr33See all my reviews

Always a Petersen (and Hersey) fan, I remember all to clearly when this TV movie released. (Dr. Quinn) was on yet another break as the previews for this aired. I remember being captivated by Petersen's male beauty and the visual of Hersey in a habit.

Their screen chemistry is dead-on and their characters, beautifully portrayed. What struck me most was the unusual (sensual) strange chemistry between them; their obvious attraction to each other, however, the conflict of her conscious vows as a nun.

This TV movie is one of the rarer gems outside the traditional Hallmark Hall of Fame movie greats (which I was amazed that it wasn't a HHFM) A total must-see, not just for Petersen or Hersey fans, alike, but for its overall quality.


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