It must be a sweeps month, because there are all kinds of good movies on Sunday night.
You really can't lose, because ABC, CBS and NBC are all airing quality productions. But one, "Sarah, Plain and Tall," stands head and shoulders above the others.- Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sunday, 8 p.m., Ch. 5): It's a Hallmark Hall of Fame production, and that translates into quality.
Glenn Close did double duty as both the title character and co-executive producer.
Set in 1910, Maine spinster Sarah Wheaton answers a advertisement from Jacob Witting (Christopher Walken), a Kansas farmer who's looking for a new wife and mother for his two children, 6-year-old Caleb and 9-year-old Anna.
Sarah arrives in Kansas to discover a man who still hasn't gotten over his wife's death, a girl who both resents and needs her, and a boy desperate for a mother.
It's a wonderful film that the entire family will enjoy. It's beautifully mounted, well acted and heart-warming.
If you only watch one thing this month, watch "Sarah, Plain and Tall."
- In Broad Daylight (Sunday, 8 p.m., Ch. 2): Brian Dennehy foresakes his regular good-guy roles to portray one of the most menacing characters you'll see on TV.
With dark hair, Elvis Presley-sideburns and makeup, Dennehy doesn't even look much like himself - he portrays Len Rowan, a thug who terrorized the small town of Skidmore, Mo., in this fact-based movie.
A small-time criminal, Rowan does pretty much as he pleases and escapes jail because of a slick lawyer and his ability to intimidate witnesses. He sometimes gets it into his head that someone has wronged him, and his methods of revenge aren't subtle - and are very effective.
One of those he believes has done him wrong is a small grocery store owner, well-played by Cloris Leachman, who decides to stand up to him. The movie is built around this confrontation.
And "Daylight" does a great job of building terror - made all the more frightening because it really happened.
I won't give the ending away, but the actions of the townspeople are both understandable and frightening in and of themselves.
Dennehy is great, and "In Broad Daylight" is well worth a look.
- Son of the Morning Star (Sunday, 8 p.m., Ch. 4): If I haven't already confused you enough by recommending two competing programs, then I'll recommend a third.
This two-part, four hour miniseries about George Custer is television on a scale rarely seen - a grand epic.
It has its flaws, and the first two hours drag a bit, but if you're a fan of westerns, you'll enjoy this.
(And you can read more about this miniseries in Sunday's TV Week magazine in the Deseret News.)