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True Women (1997)





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Based on a true story, this Civil War-era epic centers on the exploits of Sarah Ashby McClure (Dana Delany) and her sister Euphemia (Annabeth Gish) as they try to make their way on the male-dominated West Texas plains. When their home is threatened by Mexican forces and Native American warriors, the sisters lead their family and friends to safety. Based on the book by Janice Woods Windle, True Women also co-stars Rachael Leigh Cook, Angelina Jolie, and Tina Majorino.


Dana Delany
as Sarah McClure
Annabeth Gish
as Euphemia
Powers Boothe
as Bartlett McClure
Jeffrey Nordling
as Dr. Peter Woods
Michael York
as Capt. Lawshe
Julie Carmen
as Cherokee
John Schneider
as Gen. Sam Houston
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Dana Delany gives a towering performance as a charismatic and courageous Texas woman whose spirit is tested again and again.

Full Review… | February 27, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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"True Women" is really impressive for a miniseries. The acting of Dana Delany alone makes the three hours worthwhile. She breathes life into Sara McClure, the strong-willed redhead that keeps her family strong throughout the many trials and heartaches of this story. The script, based on the novel of the same name by Janice Woods Windle, is a clever web that intertwines three women's lives around five decades of southern US history. The characters are very well written as each possesses different beliefs and backgrounds that create conflict at times and unite them at other times. I cannot say enough about the intelligent design behind the childhood friendship, slave ownership, and Native American blood. From the Texas Revolution to the Civil War and Reconstruction, every event is made more significant through these characters' attributes. Everything is introduced early on with its significance being revealed far into the story. The acting is very effective, creating strong emotions of anger toward Native Americans at some points, northerners at other points, and even our own government. Annabeth Gish plays Euphemia with a lot of heart and, while this is Angelina Jolie's best role (see "Girl, Interrupted" if you want to know what she really can do), she does a good job of portraying the bratty and mature sides of Georgia. The downfall of this movie is its final few scenes. I know that the filmmakers can't exactly change the ending of the book, but there are a few overly-cheesy, not-believable moments that take away from the realism that makes this miniseries so good. "True Women" exceeded my expectations. It has amazing acting, a very poignant story, and several moments that will make you sit back and say "Wow, THAT is a true woman."

Jonny Priano
Jonny Priano

loved this movie, it really did show how strong women can be and are, Dana Delany was really the backbone of this movie second from her was Tina Majorino, and Annabeth Gish. It was a long movie but was worth every minute of it..

Gloria Calfy
Gloria Calfy

The acting is kind of poor in my opinion, but it does have some ok moments. I saw this movie in high scholl, and was definitely not impressed. I'd say skip it.

Jake Doss
Jake Doss

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