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Movie Review

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Reviewed by: Dale and Karen Mason
STAFF WRITERS

Good
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Family (All Ages)
Genre:
Drama
Length:
98 min.
G

Set in rural Kansas in 1910, “Sarah, Plain and Tall” is refreshingly wholesome family-friendly fun. Originally released as a part of the “Hallmark Hall of Fame” collection, this top quality production presents the story of Jacob Witting, a Kansas farmer whose wife died soon after the birth of their second child. Several years have passed and Jacob senses the need to remarry, primarily for the good of his two children. He places a newspaper advertisement for a bride. Eventually, it is answered by Sarah, a beautiful/strong willed women from Maine. Sarah travels to Kansas to live with the family for 30 days. If she is able to “make a difference,” she and Jacob will marry. However, this is not a normal courtship. Sarah and Jacob have very different expectations for Sarah’s role in the family. Also, both Jacob and his 10-year-old daughter (Anna) have to adjust to the reality that Sarah will never be a duplicate of Jacob’s deceased wife. Adjusting is difficult, but this well-scripted drama makes the process fun to watch.

Contains no objectionable scenes or course language and is appropriate for all ages, if viewed in a family setting.

Year of Release—1990