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The Sandy Bottom Orchestra (2000)

TV-PG | | Drama, Music | TV Movie 27 August 2000
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A concert pianist marries a Wisconsin farmer. The struggles that comes with that.

Director:

Bradley Wigor

Writers:

Garrison Keillor (novel), Jenny Lind Nilsson (novel) | 1 more credit »
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3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenne Headly ... Ingrid Green
Tom Irwin ... Norman Green
Madeline Zima ... Rachel Green
Jane Powell ... Delia Ferguson
Richard McMillan Richard McMillan ... Jim Sykes
Roger Dunn ... Mayor Broadbent
Bradley Reid Bradley Reid ... Billy Peterson
Elizabeth Lennie Elizabeth Lennie ... Angie Wyman
Tamara Hope ... Carol Wyman
Lindsay Murrell ... Valerie
Shadia Simmons ... Jenny
Wendy Lyon ... Mrs. Erickson
Marcello Meleca Marcello Meleca ... Todd Gustafson
Gerard Boyd Gerard Boyd ... Mr. Geckle
Tita Griffin Tita Griffin ... Mrs. Dortlund
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A concert pianist marries a Wisconsin farmer. The struggles that comes with that.

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Drama | Music

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kisvárosi zenekar See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Madeline Zima, who plays Rachel Green, is the sister of Yvonne Zima, who played Rachel Greene in "ER". See more »

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The narration puts the time as summer, and events put it prior to Labor Day, but in some shots the leaves have already turned. See more »

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Life, death, and music in small town life
28 December 2003 | by jmatrixrenegadeSee all my reviews

This movie is a loving look at small town life through the eyes of an offbeat family and their love of classical music. Glenne Headly stars as the musically trained mom stuck in a small town she feels is shallow and parochial, but is reminded of the special place she has in it all the same , the movie is Hallmark flavored sweetness, but it still has truth and honesty to it]. Her husband, a music loving dairy worker, decides to have a classical concert at the next annual dairy festival. Their teenage daughter (a talented musician) is having growing pains of her own -- she's the film narrator, and it's primary voice (we also see some things through the mother's point of view). An interesting subplot involves the mother's role as church choirmaster, and the struggles of the minister. This subplot in particular has some bite, and helps the movie not to be just written off as trite fluff.

An enjoyable movie that honors family, music, small town life, religion, and independence. A small film of a certain kind, predictable in its way, but not so easily written off as standard fare. We need more movies like this... how often do such themes get full length treatment?


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