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4.3 out of 5 stars 242 customer reviews

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When successful; self-absorbed Sarah Cain (Lisa Pepper) travels to Amish country to attend her sisters funeral; she discovers that she is now the legal guardian to her five Amish nieces and nephews! Faced not only with instant motherhood; but also with the culture shock of a lifetime; she must decide whether to raise the children in the city or return them to their Amish roots.

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Directed by Michael Landon, Jr., Saving Sarah Cain is a sweet film with an Afterschool Special vibe about a family thrown together by unfortunate circumstances. When her Amish sister dies, Sarah (Lisa Pepper, What About Brian) is forced to question her priorities. Should she move to Pennsylvania where the children feel safe within their Amish community, or should she relocate them to Oregon where she has a successful career as a newspaper columnist? Presuming that the children are more adaptable than she is, Sarah opts for the latter and gives it a shot at making the kids feel at home. But the five orphans have a difficult time trying to fit in to the modern world. They also are still grieving the loss of their mother, whose ways were much different than that of their more abrupt aunt. Like his father, the younger Landon has a deft touch at creating scenarios that are heart-tugging, but not too maudlin. The fish-out-of-water concept isn't a new one, but it's executed well by both Pepper and the young actors portraying the children. Though the film tries to force a surprise ending, the outcome is expected and welcome. And while no one has a miraculous change of heart, the viewer can see that the sextet is creating its own kind of family--one that works for within the frame of their unique circumstances. --Jae-Ha Kim

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  • Actors: Abigail Mason, Lisa Pepper, Elliott Gould, Yolanda Wood, Jennifer O'Dell
  • Directors: Michael Landon Jr.
  • Writers: Brian Bird, Beverly Lewis, Cindy Kelley
  • Producers: Michael Landon Jr., Brian Bird, Eric Weiler, Robert Gros
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WTVZG2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,977 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saving Sarah Cain" on IMDb

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By K. Vogel on January 12, 2008
Format: DVD
I was hesitant to buy this movie since I love the book by Lewis and thought no one could make a film to do it justice. I also live in Western PA among Amish and know many well. I didn't think they could be portrayed right either. I was so wrong! Landon did an excellent job! I cried! This movie is so touching! The acting is EXCELLENT! The story of redemption shines through clearly. I have to buy this movie for many who feel like Sarah in the beginning...hurt by life and very hard toward God and others...this movie shows the way back home to God & family... We need more movies like this!
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This adaptation of Beverly Lewis' novel The Redemption of Sarah Cain is another commendable addition to the oeuvre of telefilm producer/director Michael Landon, Jr. Taking great liberties with the plot of the novel, the picture turns the usual Witness-esque story of the 'English' trying to adapt to the life of the Amish on its head. It places the devout orphans of the protagonist's recently departed sister in the heart of a major city and explores the effect it has on their hearts and their family dynamic.

The beginning of the film is worrisome due to extremely clunky dialogue that sounds like it was cobbled from a book of movie journalism cliches. All the editor (played with sorely-needed light humor by Elliott Gould of M*A*S*H and Ocean's 11 fame) needed was a cigar to chomp on and he'd be straight out of a comic strip.

Fortunately, things improve dramatically once Sarah Cain starts interacting earnestly with her sister's children. Landon's skill at drawing convincing performances from kids is highlighted throughout the rest of the film and, by the end, YOU may want to adopt some of them! And leading lady Lisa Pepper (of Anthony Hopkins' indie film Slipstream) is frequently good and shows great potential for success.
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Good FAMILY movie.
It will be a reference point for family discussions about life, values, even death of a parent.
Best of all, no part of this movie is not child friendly.

It didn't "hold" my older girls attention....but I bet she will want to watch it again.
I bought the book too and hope to start it soon.
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I came across this film at my library,and I loved it so much that I ordered it immediately.

Then I made the mistake of getting the book "The Redemption Of Sarah Cain" by Beverly Lewis, from my library which portrays Sarah Cain as such an unlikeable person that I quit reading.

This is one of those rare cases where the film is so much better than the book.I am so thankful that Michael Landon Jr. made the changes that he did!

This is a great "family-friendly" movie that I am so glad to own.The actors are all great and the story really draws you in. I can watch it over and over again!
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I liked this film. No vulgarity, sensuality, nor family offensive scenes. My family enjoyed it also. I would recommend it. Good moral message.
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I've read only a couple of Beverly Lewis's books, but even seeing the trailer for this movie on another DVD inspired me to look for the book this movie is based on ("The Redemption of Sarah Cain"). Our family enjoyed this movie very much. We're always looking for wholesome movies, and this one fit the bill. It was touching and well-acted. I liked the ending, too.
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Nice Movie, VERY loosely based on Beverley Lewis's novel. I rented this movie because I loved the book, The Redemption of Sarah Cain and I can trust movies from Michael Landon Jr. to be good movies. But I was disappointed with this movie. While it was a nice story, it was hardly based on the book at all. The job Sarah has is different, she does the opposite with the children as in the book and the story of the two lifestyles and true redemption of Sarah is almost non- existent. I gave this a 3 star review because it is still a nice movie, but I am disappointed I paid for it.
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This is a wonderful movie. There is so much garbage out there today and this is truly great. The children are so cute and the story line is perfect, it is inspiring to see how they tried to adapt to living in the city with their Aunt after suffering the loss of their mother and life as they once knew it. Fix a cup of tea or your favorite refreshment, put this movie in and sit back and relax! It will refresh your soul.
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