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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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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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Color

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1.33 : 1
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I could not agree more!
1 January 2007 | by meffaboy322See all my reviews

I have not seen it since 1998 and yet I STILL can't get it out of my head or stop recommending people to find it so that shows what an impression it made.

Just a wonderful story.

I just hope to see the stair at least once in person...

I didn't know much about Mr. Petersen before this movie as I hadn't seen any of his previous works but his subtle acting in this impressed me and I think his portrayal of Grissom on CSI just shows more of the same. He knows enough to let the character shine through instead of the actor shining through which makes him just that much better of an actor.

I can't remember enough about the "poor accents" to comment but I must say I have always enjoyed Barbara Hershey in all of her roles as well and I thought she also did a phenomenal job in this movie.


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