"O Pioneers!" is a screen adaptation of Willa Cather's novel set in Nebraska at the turn of the century. It was originally shown on television as part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame series.
Jessica Lange plays Alexandra Bergson, a competent and courageous woman whose dying father leaves her control of his failing farm. Over the years through shrewd management and persistence, she prospers. She has a mystical relationship with the land, a reverent approach she shares with a bare-footed hermit (Roberts Blossoms) who becomes her lifelong adviser and friend.
Filming in Nebraska, producer and director Glenn Jordan makes the prairie an important character in the drama. In one the most visually spectacular scenes, a group of Catholic men ride out in procession to escort a visiting bishop back to the church; it's a welcome today's clerics would certainly appreciate! O Pioneers! in many vivid and affecting ways proclaims the bounty which comes to those who respect nature and nurture it like a child.