The Awakening Land

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The Awakening Land
DVD cover of the movie The Awakening Land.jpg
GenreDrama
Directed byBoris Sagal
Produced byHarry Bernsen
Robert E. Relyea
Written byConrad Richter (Novels)
James Lee Barrett
Liam O'Brien
StarringElizabeth Montgomery
Hal Holbrook
Jane Seymour
Music byFred Karlin
Editing byBernard J. Small
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Original channelNBC
Original runFebruary 19, 1978  – February 21, 1978
Running time420 mins.
No. of episodes3
 
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The Awakening Land
DVD cover of the movie The Awakening Land.jpg
GenreDrama
Directed byBoris Sagal
Produced byHarry Bernsen
Robert E. Relyea
Written byConrad Richter (Novels)
James Lee Barrett
Liam O'Brien
StarringElizabeth Montgomery
Hal Holbrook
Jane Seymour
Music byFred Karlin
Editing byBernard J. Small
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Original channelNBC
Original runFebruary 19, 1978  – February 21, 1978
Running time420 mins.
No. of episodes3


For the trilogy of the same name by Conrad Richter on which this miniseries was based, see The Awakening Land trilogy.

The Awakening Land is a 1978 television miniseries based on Conrad Richter's trilogy of novels: The Trees; The Fields; and The Town. The series originally aired on NBC in three installments from February 19 to February 21, 1978 and stars Elizabeth Montgomery and Hal Holbrook.

Plot[edit]

The storyline follows the struggle of Sayward Luckett (Montgomery) as she travels to the unsettled Ohio Valley wilderness from post-revolutionary Pennsylvania. The series takes Sayward from a young single woman, unexpectedly left with three sisters to raise, to a married woman who becomes a mother of seven. Her faithful devotion to her family is recounted against the day-to-day struggle for survival.

Main cast[edit]

Production notes[edit]

Locations[edit]

The series was shot in historic New Salem, Illinois. Interiors were filmed in a gymnasium in Springfield, Illinois. The gym was also used to house the prop and wardrobe departments. Filming took 2-½ months. The Springfield city council agreed to fill up a nearby lake so it would resemble the Ohio River as an incentive for the production company to choose the area. Animals from the Elgin Zoo were also shipped to the set.

Crew[edit]

Award nominations[edit]

YearAwardResultCategoryRecipient
1978Emmy AwardNominatedOutstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama SeriesJeanette Nolan
For part one
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited SeriesElizabeth Montgomery
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited SeriesHal Holbrook
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Any Area of Creative Technical CraftsSugar Blymyer
For part three
Outstanding Cinematography in Entertainment Programming for a SeriesMichel Hugo
Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore)Fred Karlin

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