Synopsis: Jacob's farm is in trouble from a severe drought. Jacob and Sarah begin to wonder if Sarah can stay, and what will happen to Jacob if she and the children have to leave the farm.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Joseph Sargent
Production: Republic Pictures Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations.
95 min

(wind whistling)

(goats bleating)

(cows mooing)


Caleb, you look right at me.

No, Caleb,

stand up on that stump.

That'll be a very nice picture.

Very nice. All right.

Everybody, stay real still.

All right.


look right here.

Right here.

(dog barking)

(all laughing)

Your aunts

will like that picture.

Ah, they hardly know what

I look like anymore, the aunts.

I hardly know


like anymore.

It's, uh, Maine

you come from, isn't it?


She livesherenow.

That she does.

Hey, you know what I bet?

I bet Maine is green.

Ah, we could sure

use rain.


We sure could.

You know what I remember?

Those can go

right in that box there.

I remember back when

I was a little boy--

And you remember this, Jacob--

It didn't rain

for months.


And, uh...

then the winds came.

All the crops dried up.

Leaves of the corn

just felt like dust.

That goes right next

to the camera.

My grandfather packed up

his family and just left.


Did he ever

come back?

Never did.

Could be rain.

Now, young man,

you want to come with me

or you want to hop down?


No, sir. No, no, no, no.

You pay me

when I bring

the pictures back.

Thank you, Joshua.

Thank you.

See you soon, now.




Papa, will you worry

if it doesn't rain?

Yeah, but we'll manage.

We always have.

Imagine having

to leave.

That won't happen, Sarah.

We'd never leave.

We're born here.

Our names are written

in this land.

I'm writing Sarah's name here.

You can't even spell.

Papa, your boots.


Thank you.

Could be the last

washing for that floor.

That's a mixed blessing.

Don't feed her too much, Caleb.

She's getting fat

with your food.

I think she's something more

than fat, Sarah.


What does Papa mean?


He means kittens.

(cat mews)

She ever had kittens before?

No. Never.

Could we keep them all?

When will she have them,


I don't know, Caleb.

It'll be just like

having a baby.

Like Maggie.

Onlylotsof babies.





I didn't mean

to frighten you.

Someday I will marry

and move to my

husband's land.

That's what Papa says.

Oh, he does,

does he?

Well, that's what

you did, Sarah.

You came from Maine

to marry Papa.

Yes, I guess I did.

You fell in love with us.

Oh, I did that.

Your letters, then you.

Did you fall in love

with Papa's letters, too

before you knew him?


I loved your papa's letters.

But it was

what wasbetweenthe lines

that I loved the most.

What was between the lines?

His life...

that's what

was between the lines.


Sometimes Papa is

not good at words.


Yeah, sometimes.

But when I read

your papa's letters

I could see the farm

and the animals

and the sky and you.

You know, sometimes

what people choose

to write down on paper is...

more important

than what they say.


Caleb! Anna!

The cows!

(children groaning)



You rascal, you.

(bells chiming)


So, how are you all?

Any news?


Seal's having babies!

Lots of them!


Oh, big news!

Come to think of it

I've seen Seal

at our house.

With Sam, in fact.

The orange cat.

So it's Sam, is it?

(both laughing)

I'm surrounded

by motherhood.

The calf is due,

then kittens...

Caleb! Anna!

Time to go!

Church well's

down a foot.

A foot?


That's more than ours.

(baby crying)

Tom... are those clouds...

in the west, Tom?

Right there.


Maybe it'll rain,

eh, Tom?

Hush, hush,

hush, hush.

We'll be

home soon.

What if itdoesn'train, Papa?

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