The third and final episode of the Sarah, Plain and Tall series is a 1999 production reuniting stars Glenn Close and Christopher Walken with original director Glenn Jordan. Taking the story eight years beyond the origina... more »l tale, Winter's End is set in a harsh Kansas winter of 1918, with the specter of death everywhere: soldiers are dying overseas during World War I, influenza is at epidemic proportions in the U.S., and an old man has returned to the Witting farm with an uncertain reception. He's John Witting (Jack Palance), father of Jacob (Walken), and the two men have not seen each other since John abandoned his son years ago. Reconciliation comes hard, punctuated by cliffhanger disasters (Jacob breaks his leg and burns with a fever, Sarah almost dies in a heavy snowstorm), but this most brutal of trial periods for the Wittings still invites a viewer to yearn for a more innocent--perhaps mythical--time in America. A worthy and rewarding finish to a trilogy fit for families yet sophisticated enough for all ages, Winter's End may be one of the last network television classics in an era of audience relocation to multichannel cable. --Tom Keogh« less
Christy H. from TEXARKANA, TX Reviewed on 9/22/2017...
I had this on my wish list from 2009 and finally received it in 2017. It was well worth the wait. This movie is a clean, feel good movie where family is the center of everything.
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Aimee M. (AimeeM) Reviewed on 2/5/2008...
This is a classic movie. Glen Close for once is not a "bad guy" but plays a very plain yet big-hearted woman who helps fix a broken family.
This movie does have some dramatic scenes that might frighten or confuse young kids (a birthing scene and a storm which wrecks the farm), but all in all it is a good family film. I highly recommend it.
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Rebecca Johnson | Washington State | 06/14/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After watching the first two movies in this trilogy, you will find the third story to be a satisfying conclusion. In the first movie, Sarah and Jacob write letters, fall in love and then marry. The story deals with the loss of Jacob's wife and how Sarah is taking her place and finding her way into the hearts of his children. Skylark is the second movie in the series and deals with a family staying together despite the difficulties of farm life. They are committed to making their way on the dusty Kansas prairie.
In Winter's End, the issues drift to the past and how they affect the future. Jacob's children have grown considerably and his daughter Anna (Lexi Randall) is in love with a boy who has gone off to war and she spends her time waiting for him to return home while nursing the ill in town. Caleb (Christopher Bell) is now old enough to take on more farm responsibilities. Jacob and Sarah's daughter is quite impetuous and will make you laugh as she will remind you of how Sarah was in the first movie! In dealing with life on the farm, Jacob has an accident and Sarah spends a night out in the snow.
While all these issues are presenting themselves, Sarah has a calm understanding and supports Jacob while he is dealing with the challenge of forgiving his father. Their love is more mature and while the heady days of the first movie seem to have faded, they are deeply commited to one another and their children. They open their home to a stranger who they later find out is Jacob's father.
Jack Palance takes center stage as Jacob's father who returns to the Witting family farm which is the only place he ever felt was home. The issues are presented in a loving way which will make you value family more and see the hurt a person can do by making the wrong choices. They can change, but they hurt the people they care most about.
If you enjoyed the first two stories, I think I can safely say you will enjoy this third heartwarming tale of triumph over life's challenges. If you haven't seen the first two movies, I would recommend purchasing the trilogy. These are movies you will want to share with friends and family and watch again when you want to escape to a Kansas prairie for a few hours.
~The Rebecca Review"
Three DVD set available on Hallmark for $29.95
Computer Junkie | Duncan, OK | 01/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The three DVD collection is still available at the source for $29.95. No need to pay $75 for a used one. Search Hallmark for "Sarah Plain and Tall" or use this link:
A 5-star trilogy, well worth a look
Alan R. Holyoak | 12/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Christopher Walken and Glenn Close headline the cast in this excellent series of three Hallmark Hall of Fame movies.In the first movie of the series, "Sarah, Plain and Tall," Walken plays a widowed Kansas farmer who desperately needs someone to help him rear his children while he tends to providing for the family via his farm in the early 1900s. Glenn Close plays Sarah, a woman from Maine, who responds to Walken's newspaper ad search for a wife. The rest of the story focuses on the developing relationships between Walken, Close, and the children. An excellent story and great movie -- 5 stars all the way.In the second movie, "Skylark" (sequel to Sarah, Plain and Tall), the story of Walken and Close's life continues as they face a severe drought, possible failure of the farm, and stresses those things place upon the family. Top-notch, equal in emotional impact and believability with "Sarah, Plain and Tall" -- definitely another 5-star movie.The third movie, "Winter's End" finds an unexpected guest in Walken and Close's home -- Walken's father, long absent from any family interactions. In this movie, the children have grown considerably (I believe that all the members of the original cast are still together). While an enjoyable movie, this one is not in the same class as the first two, and hovers someplace around 3.5 to 4 stars. I awarded the set 5 stars on the collective strength of the first two movies. Just in case you hadn't noticed, Walken is often cast in somewhat quirky roles, but this is probably my favorite work of his. He plays a devoted father dealing with a range of believable real-life issues. These movies also underscore the incredible talent of Close, who can pull off roles as diverse as Sarah's and that of Disney's Cruella DeVil! Do yourself a favor...if you haven't watched these movies, watch them. They are wonderful.Have a great day!Alan Holyoak"
Buy this series!
cindycj | Indiana | 01/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great series of movies! I first stumbled across this movie wondering what Christopher Walken would be like in a "warm,fuzzy" movie with Glenn Close! Well, I was totally surprised and I thouroughly enjoyed it! The acting was wonderful by the entire cast. I truely cared about the Witting family - how they became a family, and the trials that farm-life in the midwest in early 1900's provided the family. This three-part series was very warming! A definate movie for families, and people who simply enjoy sitting down with a wonderful movie that takes you to another place and time. A series which I really hate to see end. I rented the last in the series first, and promptly went back and rented the first two. I now own all 3 movies!Highly recommended as a real feel-good movie with wonderful charactors and good acting performances by Glenn Close (as always), Christopher Walken and the rest!"
What a great family pack of movies
Dawn | Rhode Island | 12/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The entire Sarah Plain and Tall series is excellent. Wonderfully acted and great family watching. Renforcing family values while providing great entertainment. You will laugh and cry and struggle right along with the family."