Sarah, Plain and Tall (film)

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Sarah, Plain and Tall
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Video release poster
Based on Sarah, Plain and Tall by
Patricia MacLachlan
Screenplay by Patricia MacLachlan
Carol Sobieski
Directed by Glenn Jordan
Starring Glenn Close
Christopher Walken
Theme music composer David Shire
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Glenn Close
Glenn Jordan
William Self
Editor(s) John Wright
Cinematography Mike Fash
Running time 98 minutes
Production company(s) Hallmark Hall of Fame
Self Productions
Trillium Productions
Original network CBS
Original release February 3, 1991
Followed by Skylark
"Sarah, Plain and Tall"
Hallmark Hall of Fame episode
Episode no. Season 40
Episode 2
Production code 288
Original air date February 3, 1991
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Sarah, Plain and Tall is an American television film in the Hallmark Hall of Fame anthology series. It first aired in February 1991. It is the first of three installments in the film adaptation of Patricia MacLachlan's novel of the same name.

Plot summary[edit]

The story is set in Kansas in 1910. Jacob Witting, a widowed farmer who is still saddened by the death of his wife during childbirth around six years earlier, finds that the task of taking care of his farm and two children, Anna and Caleb, is too difficult to handle alone. He advertises in the newspaper for a mail-order bride. Sarah, from Maine, responds describing herself as "plain and tall", and travels out to become his wife. Upon arriving at the farm, she proves to have good sense, an interest in helping with even the most physically demanding chores, and a quiet, warm personality. But she grows homesick: miles and miles of Kansas farmland prove no substitute for Maine's ocean vistas. Sarah is under no obligation to marry Papa and is free to leave if she so desires; much of the story's suspense depends on whether or not she will decide to stay.



Generally well received by the public, it was considered "Fresh" at Rotten Tomatoes with 80% approval based on five reviews. It was nominated for nine Emmys in 1991, it won one, for "outstanding sound mixing for a drama miniseries or a special". It was also nominated for two Golden Globes.

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