O Pioneers! (film)

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O Pioneers!
O Pioneers!.jpg
Created by Willa Cather (novel)
Directed by Glenn Jordan
Produced by Craig Anderson
Written by Robert W. Lenski (teleplay)
Starring Jessica Lange
David Strathairn
Tom Aldredge
Music by Bruce Broughton
Production company Lorimar Productions
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Language English
Original channel CBS
Release date February 2, 1992
Running time 99 minutes
"O Pioneers!"
Lorimar Productions
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Episode no. Season 41
Episode 2
Production code 291
Original air date February 2, 1992
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O Pioneers! is a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie based on the novel of the same title by Willa Cather. It originally aired in 1992 on CBS and stars Jessica Lange.

Plot summary[edit]

The film centers around a family of Swedish immigrants in Nebraska around the turn of the 20th century. The family's father dies and leaves the family farm to his daughter. She does her best to make the farm work when many others are giving up and leaving.


Filming locations[edit]

Much of the filming was done on location in and around Johnstown, in northern Nebraska. Many of the buildings used are still in use today and retain the board sidewalks seen in sections of the film.[1] Also some of it was filmed in Clarkson Nebraska in the northeast part of the state. There, the filiming was done at the city's library, which is now the city's office, and a small farmhouse north of town.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 1992 Emmy Award - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Composition for a Miniseries or a Special (Dramatic Underscore)
  • 1993 Western Heritage Award - Television Feature Film
  • 1992 Emmy Award - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Special
  • 1993 Golden Globe award - Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (Jessica Lange).


  1. ^ Johnstown, Nebraska Homepage

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