Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder/Beyond the Prairie II [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Beyond The Prairie: The True Story Of Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Beyond The Prairie: The True Story Of Laura Ingalls Wilder Continues

Synopsis

Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder
Four of the autobiographical novels of Laura Ingalls Wilder served as the basic source material for this made-for-TV movie. Covering some of the same ground as the Wilder-inspired TV series Little House on the Prairie, the film stars Meredith Monroe as 19th-century teenager Laura Ingalls, who at the beginning of the story is still living on her South Dakota family farm with her father (Richard Thomas), mother (Lindsay Crouse), and three siblings. Acknowledging her dad's insistence that she has "the wandering strain," Laura yearns for life beyond the prairie, but is obliged to accept a nearby schoolteaching position to help support her loved ones. After her marriage to homesteader Almanzo Wilder (Walt Goggins), Laura endures the usual trials and tribulations of life as a farmer's wife, further complicated by the loss of a child and a raging diphtheria epidemic. Yet, somehow, Laura and Almanzo survive their many ordeals with renewed hope for the future. Tess Harper, cast as the "older" Laura, narrates the story. Originally broadcast by CBS on January 2, 2000, Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder was followed by a TV-movie sequel over two years later, on the same network. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Beyond the Prairie II: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder Continues
A sequel to the 2000 TV movie Beyond the Prairie: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder, this two-hour film chronicles the later events in the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, whose evocative autobiographical novels also inspired the long-running TV series Little House on the Prairie. After enduring many a hardship in South Dakota, 19th century schoolteacher Laura (Meredith Monroe) and her homesteader husband Almanzo (Walton Goggins) pull up stakes and move to Missouri, along with their daughter Ruth (Skye McCole Bartusiak). The little family's dream of achieving financial security as apple farmers is sorely threatened when Laura, substituting for her ailing husband, attempts to handle all the farming chores herself -- as a cold and merciless winter swiftly and inexorably approaches. Monroe and Goggins repeat their roles from the earlier film, as does Richard Thomas as Laura's father Charles Ingalls. Beyond the Prairie II: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder Continues made its CBS network debut on March 17, 2002. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Meredith Monroe
    Meredith Monroe - Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Tess Harper
    Tess Harper - Older Laura Ingalls Wilder (narrator)
  • Walton Goggins
    Walton Goggins - Almanzo Wilder
  • Lindsay Crouse
    Lindsay Crouse - Caroline Ingalls
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    Barbara Jane Reams - Mary Ingalls

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