Seduction in a Small Town (1997) (TV)
... aka Harvest of Lies

Director: Charles Wilkinson
Writers: Ned Welsh (treatment) Bill Phillips (teleplay)

Release Date: 9 February 1997 (USA)

Paul Jenks and his wife Sarah left California with their lovely son David and dumb daughter Ivy and started a farm in his native small town. Sarah is a short-tempered vegetarian, who doesn't really fit in the agricultural community. Sandy Barlow, a drifting accountant with shaky finances, envies their family happiness, worms her way in -as she does all over town-, fails to impress him with her female charms but pretends her aunt has the same heart disease as Sarah and asks the couple to spring her the money for an operation.

To gain revenge when Sandy cannot get the money, she begins a campaign that ultimately leads to Sarah falsely accused of abusing her children. Without any hard evidence, Sarah's children are taken from her and placed into foster care. She and her husband are forced to prove their innocence - not just to the government agencies, but also to the townspeople who are only too willing to believe the worst.

 

 

Credited Cast:

Melissa Gilbert ... Sarah Jenks
Dennis Weaver ... Sam Jenks
G.W. Bailey ... Pat Carter
Brian McNamara ... Paul Jenks
Joel Palmer ... David Jenks
Joely Fisher ... Sandy Barlow
Ashley Doty ... Ivy Jenks
Valerie Ann Pearson ... Willa Jenks
Stephen Hair ... Reverend Mike Burke
Shawna Lori Burnett ... Laura Nash
Maureen Thomas ... Lavonne Burke
Stephanie Mills ... Alice Tuller
Donna Larson ... Kristen Hadley
Christine MacInnis ... Judith Dowd
Greg Lawson ... Deputy Boyd