Saving Sarah Cain is a 2007 film based on Beverly Lewis’ 2000 novel The Redemption of Sarah Cain. The film premiered August 19, 2007 on Lifetime Television. The film is distributed by Believe Pictures and stars Lisa Pepper, Elliott Gould, Tess Harper, Soren Fulton, Danielle Chuchran, Abigail Mason, Tanner Maguire, Bailee Madison, and Jennifer O’Dell. The film was directed by Michael Landon, Jr.
Saving Sarah Cain Director:
Michael Landon Jr.
Saving Sarah Cain Writers:
Brian Bird (screenplay), Cindy Kelley (screenplay), and 1 more credit »
Saving Sarah Cain Stars:
Abigail Mason, Lisa Pepper and Elliott Gould
In Theaters: Sep 25, 2007 Wide
Saving Sarah Cain PG, 1 hr. 43 min.
Saving Sarah Cain : Drama, Kids & Family
Saving Sarah Cain Plot
The film begins with Sarah Cain (Lisa Pepper), a successful columnist at the fictional Portland Times in Portland, Oregon. Her daily column has been rejected by her boss Bill (Elliott Gould) who claims that she once wrote about her life and is now writing cheesy columns. She is furious and heads to a restaurant where she meets with her boyfriend Bryan (Tom Tate). Sarah’s phone rings: It is Lyddie, Sarah’s niece. Sarah’s older sister, Ivy, has just died of heart failure. Sarah hurries to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for the funeral.
Her sister was a member of an Amish community, and Sarah had never forgiven Ivy for leaving her alone in an orphanage. As the sole surviving relative, the court appoints Sarah as the legal guardian for the five children. 16-year-old Lyddie (Abigail Mason) and other members of the Amish community protest because they do not want an outsider to raise the children. Lyddie and another Amish member, Miriam (Tess Harper), convince Sarah to stay the night. While there, knowing that her deadline is coming up for her column, Sarah writes about her day’s events and sends them to Bill as a last resort.
The next day at the hearing, Sarah receives a surprising e-mail about her piece: The readers loved it and want more. Sarah takes the children back to Portland. Lyddie stays at home and does the daily chores. Despite being labeled as a freak at school Caleb (Soren Fulton) makes it on the wrestling team; after a bad first day Anna Mae (Danielle Chuchran) gains attention after borrowing Sarah’s clothing to fit in. Josiah (Tanner Maguire) hates it there. Only Hannah (Bailee Madison) is accepted on her first day in kindergarten class.
Bill likes the attention that the articles about the Amish children have produced, but Sarah rejects further offers of having the column being about them. Meanwhile, Madison (Jennifer O’Dell), Sarah’s rival at the same paper, gets wind of where the children attend school and a news team shows up during one of Caleb’s wrestling matches. Later that night Sarah admits to the kids that the situation has spun out of control. As Sarah is leaving the community, the children rush to catch up with her. Sarah stops and Lyddie hands her a letter that Ivy had written which contains her last wishes. It is only then that the truth is revealed: Ivy wanted Sarah to have the kids as an apology for breaking her heart, saying that they would be “blessings to [her] as they were to me”. Sarah immediately changes her mind and finally decides to stay at the community with her nieces and nephews. The ending shows Sarah writing a book titled My Redemption. Bryan comes over to visit before a business meeting and brings her a piece of her favorite cheesecake as the scene fades.
Saving Sarah Cain DVD release
Fox Faith released the film to DVD on January 15, 2008.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (ANS) — Sarah Cain is not quite at the top of her game. She is, in fact, a journalist in danger of losing her column to a particularly bad case of writer’s block.
Saving Sarah Cain (Trailer)
Her harried, high maintenance lifestyle is interrupted one evening with a phone call from her niece Lyddie informing her that Sarah’s sister has died, leaving Lyddie and four siblings orphans with only one living relative — Sarah herself.
Michael Landon, Jr., and Brian Bird, who produced The Last Sin Eater, have teamed up again to create a film that first premiered on the Lifetime Network.
Based on the best-selling book by Beverly Lewis “Saving Sarah Cain” (the novel is “The Redemption of Sarah Cain”), the film tells the story of a newspaper reporter from Portland, Oregon who suddenly gains custody of her sister’s 5 children who were raised in an Amish community.
Sarah decides to bring her nieces and nephews back with her to to her spacious downtown loft condo and enrolls them in school in Portland, rather than have them placed into foster care. What follows is a culture clash that is expressed in entertaining and poignant ways. Both the children and Sarah come to realize that to become a family, sacrifices and hard choices will have to be made.
The film begins with Sarah Cain (Lisa Pepper), who is a successful columnist at the Portland Times. Her daily column has been rejected by her boss Bill (Elliott Gould) who claims that she once wrote about her life, and has now degraded herself to writing cheesy columns. She is furious, and heads over to the local restaurant where she meets with her boyfriend Bryan (Tom Tate). Sarah’s phone rings, and it is Lyddie: Sarah’s older sister Ivy has died of heart failure. Sarah runs to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for the funeral.
Her sister, however, was a member of the Amish community, and Sarah has never forgiven her for leaving the family. As the sole surviving relative, Sarah is the legal guardian of her five children. 16 year-old Lyddie (Abigail Mason) protests, but Sarah is given the choice as the bishop is holding a hearing tomorrow: they do not want an outsider raising the children. While there, both Lyddie and another Amish member Miriam (Tess Harper) convinces Sarah to stay the night. While there, knowing that her deadline is coming up for the daily column, Sarah writes about her day’s events and sends them to Bill as a las
Sarah Cain stands before the Amish Bishops.
The next day at the hearing, Sarah receives a surprising email about her piece: he wants more as fanmail keeps pouring in. Sarah takes the children back to her home, as she is now their guardian, and the Amish children try to fit in and make new friends. The eldest child, Lyddie, is the only one to stay at home and do her daily chores. Despite being labelled as freaks at school, Caleb (Soren Fulton) makes it on the wrestling team, and after a bad first day, Anna Mae (Danielle Chuchran) gains attention after taking and wearing Sarah’s clothing in order to fit in. Josiah (Tanner Maguire) hates it there. Only Hannah (Bailee Madison) is accepted on her first day in kindegarten class.
Bill likes the attention that the articles about the Amish children has produced, but Sarah rejects further offers at seeing the daily column as a continued phase. Meanwhile, Madison (Jennifer O’ Dell), Sarah’s rival at the same paper company gets wind of where they attend school and a news team shows up during one of Caleb’s wrestling matches. Later that night, Sarah admits to the kids that the situation has spun out of control. Only Lyddie voices objection, saying it has gone against their traditions and beliefs, while the other kids defend and accept Sarah’s apology. The resulting fight has Josiah to pack up and leave home by himself. While the family scrambles to find him, they later find Josiah behind a tree. Sarah takes the whole family back to their Amish community and leaves them in the care of Miriam. As Sarah leaves the community, the other kids try to catch up with her. Sarah stops, and Lyddie hand her a letter in which Ivy made before she died. It is only then that the truth is revealed: Ivy wanted Sarah to have the kids as an apology for breaking her heart, and that they “will be blessings to her as they were to me.”
In its review of the movie, Relevantmagazine.com says those who have read Beverly Lewis’s novel The Redemption of Sarah Cain need not have any trepidation about slight plot changes from the print version, as the movie is an entirely different experience. The review says any deviations from the novel in making Saving Sarah Cain were good ones.
The online review concludes: “But the main reason this film is worth watching is for what it’s not. It’s not offensive, preachy or over-the-top, and it’s not a story that has been told a dozen times and in a dozen different ways. As one character says, ‘Five 19th century kids in the big city with a 21st century single woman. You couldn’t ask for a better premise than that?’”
Amazon.com in its Editorial Review by Jae-Ha Kim says “Saving Sarah Cain is a sweet film with an Afterschool Special vibe about a family thrown together by unfortunate circumstances.”
This review says the movie is about 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.