O Pioneers! (film)
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O Pioneers! Film

O Pioneers!
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Created byWilla Cather (novel)
Written byRobert W. Lenski (teleplay)
Directed byGlenn Jordan
StarringJessica Lange
David Strathairn
Tom Aldredge
Theme music composerBruce Broughton
Original English
Executive Craig Anderson
Glenn Jordan
Production location(s)Johnstown, Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska
CinematographyDick Bush
Editor(s)Scott Conrad
Running time99 minutes
Production Lorimar Productions (Warner Bros. Television)
Hallmark Hall of Fame
DistributorWarner Bros. Television
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseFebruary 2, 1992
"O Pioneers!"
Episode no.Season 41
Episode 2
Production code291
Original air dateFebruary 2, 1992
Episode chronology
List of Hallmark Hall of Fame episodes

O Pioneers! is a 1992 American made-for-television drama film based on the novel of the same title by Willa Cather. It originally aired as a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation on February 2, 1992 on CBS and stars Jessica Lange.

Plot summary

The film centers around a family of Swedish immigrants in Nebraska around the turn of the 20th century. The family's father dies and leaves the family farm to his daughter. She does her best to make the farm work when many others are giving up and leaving.[1]


Filming locations

Much of the filming was done on location in and around Johnstown, in northern Nebraska. Many of the buildings used are still in use today and retain the board sidewalks seen in sections of the film.[2] Also some of it was filmed in Clarkson Nebraska in the northeast part of the state. There, the filming was done at the city's library, which is now the city's office, and a small farmhouse north of town.


It first aired on television on February 2, 1992, and was the second-most watched primetime show of the week.[3]

Awards and nominations

  • 1992 Emmy Award - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Composition for a Miniseries or a Special (Dramatic Underscore)
  • 1993 Western Heritage Award - Television Feature Film
  • 1992 Emmy Award - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Special
  • 1993 Golden Globe award - Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (Jessica Lange).


  1. ^ O'Connor, John J. (31 January 1992) TV Weekend; Jessica Lange as Willa Cather Heroine, The New York Times
  2. ^ Johnstown, Nebraska Homepage Archived December 5, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ USA Today ratings (Jan 27 - Feb 2, 1992, TVaholics.com, Retrieved 2 October 2017)

External links

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