The Sandy Bottom Orchestra (2000)
Movie: The Sandy Bottom Orchestra
- Director: Bradley Wigor
- Stars: Glenne Headly, Tom Irwin, Madeline Zima, Jane Powell, Richard McMillan, Roger Dunn, Bradley Reid, Elizabeth Lennie, Tamara Hope, Lindsay Murrell, Shadia Simmons, Wendy Lyon, Marcello Meleca, Gerard Boyd, Tita Griffin
- Release Date: August 27, 2000
- Run Time: 100 min
- Genre: Drama, Music
The young-adult novel by Garrison Keillor and Jenny Lind Nilsson gets a lively update in this Showtime feature about an unusual family in Sandy Bottom, Wisconsin. The Greens share musical aspirations, but daughter Rachel (Madeline Zima), a talented violinist, is the one most likely to achieve them. Norman (Tom Irwin) is a dairy farmer and Ingrid (Glenne Headly) is a choir director who abandoned the piano when she married and settled down, but the Greens are a happy family, for the most part. The trick is finding a way to reconcile their dreams with a reality that may hold more riches than they realize. When Norman gets a chance to conduct the local orchestra for the Dairy Days celebration, it\’s an opportunity for the family to come together, not just with each other, but with a community they had never fully appreciated.