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The Revolt of Mother 

Father is going to build a new barn. Mother (Academy Award nominee Amy Madigan) wants the new house she's been promised. A simple story, yet one that reveals so much about love and respect ... See full summary »

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(short story) (as Mary E. Wilkins Freeman), (teleplay) (as Cynthia Cherbak)
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Father is going to build a new barn. Mother (Academy Award nominee Amy Madigan) wants the new house she's been promised. A simple story, yet one that reveals so much about love and respect and the often difficult times between those who strive and work to build a life together. Set against the beautiful rustic backdrop of farming life in 1890 New England, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman's poignant story brings us two hard-working people of the land. Sometimes the most difficult thing to see may be the needs of those who are closest to you.

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A Great Series
4 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

I recently discovered DVD releases of The American Short Story Collection thanks to the good taste of the librarians at my local library. These stories are simply done, quiet, and provide ample opportunity for viewer reflection on the themes. This is almost extinct in today's productions. The Eighties were not just about high hair. Some great, lost work was done during that decade.

This story is about taking the risk of standing up for oneself in a relationship and the sometimes wonderful results of doing so. Madigan and Sanders play off one another beautifully. The production was filmed in Corain, Massachusetts. This is a beautiful hill town that is a perfect location for this kind of story. I recommend this lost gem.


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