Awakening Land - 1978 - TVDirected by Boris Sagal
Writing credits (WGA): James Lee Barrett; Liam O'Brian
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|Credited cast overview:|
|Jane Seymour||....||Genny Luckett|
|Elizabeth Montgomery||....||Sayward Luckett Wheeler|
|Hal Holbrook||....||Portius Wheeler - the Solitary|
|Steven Keats||....||Jake Tench|
|Louise Lathan||....||Jary Luckett|
|Tony Muckus, Jr.||....||Worth Luckett (as Tony Mockus)|
|Derin Altay||....||Achsa Luckett|
|Michelle Stacy||....||Sulie Luckett|
|Barney McFadden||....||Louie Scurrah|
|William H. Macy||....||Will Beagle (as W. H. Macy)|
|Jeanette Nolan||....||Granny McWhirter|
|James D. O'Reilly||....||Angus Witherspoon|
|Charles Tyner||....||Reverend Hutchins|
|Dorrie Kavanaugh||....||Mistress Bartram|
|Bert Remsen||....||Isaac Barker|
"The Awakening Land" is divided into three segments:
Trees" originally aired - Sunday, Feb. 19, 1978
"The Fields" originally aired - Monday, Feb. 20, 1978
"The Town" originally aired - Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1978
The story begins in 1790 with an unmarried Sayward, (Elizabeth Montgomery) alone in the wilderness and burdened with the care of her three sisters after her mother's death, Genny Luckett, played by Jane Seymour, being the oldest.
In time, she meets and marries Portius Wheeler, played by Hal Holbrook, a recluse lawyer from the East. They raise four children -- a child dies while playing near a fire outside the cabin -- and Sayward watches her husband, with her help, become an important figure in the state.
Genny Luckett marries a Woodsmen, Louie Scurrah, whose roving eye draws in her younger sister Achsa causing severe conflict between her & Genny, resulting in a Tramatic experience for Genny (as well as abuse at the hand of Louie) that leaves her without speech for a period of time.
In the end the love of her family & her faith in God lead her to reclaim herself & when circumstances permit, to live a full life with Will Beagle (played by W.H. Macy), whom she marries.
Starting in September, 1978, Jane Seymour & Elizabeth Montgomery spent a grueling 2-1/2 months filming in New Salem. Producers were convinced the movie should be made there once the State of Illinois film office persuaded them to look at the village, and once the Springfield city fathers agreed to fill up a nearby lake so it would resemble the Ohio River.
Authenticity is the key to this movie. Filmed late 1978 in the reconstructed post-Colonial village of New Salem, the story follows the late Conrad Richter's book about a family settling the Ohio River Valley after the American Revolution so closely that stars Jane Seymour & Elizabeth Montgomery believed there may be some surprises in store.
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