O Pioneers! (film)

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O Pioneers!
O Pioneers!.jpg
Genre Drama
Created by Willa Cather (novel)
Written by Robert W. Lenski (teleplay)
Directed by Glenn Jordan
Starring Jessica Lange
David Strathairn
Tom Aldredge
Theme music composer Bruce Broughton
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Craig Anderson
Producer(s) Glenn Jordan
Cinematography Dick Bush
Editor(s) Scott Conrad
Running time 99 minutes
Production company(s) Lorimar Productions
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Distributor CBS
Original network CBS
Original release February 2, 1992
"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.[1]


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.[2] 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.


It first aired on television on February 2, 1992, and was the second-most watched primetime show of the week.[3]

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. ^ O'Connor, John J. (31 January 1992) TV Weekend; Jessica Lange as Willa Cather Heroine, The New York Times
  2. ^ Johnstown, Nebraska Homepage Archived December 5, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ USA Today ratings (Jan 27 - Feb 2, 1992, TVaholics.com, Retrieved 2 October 2017)

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