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Not to be confused with A Line in the Sand (book).

"An old soldier named Ben Milam got tired of waiting for orders. So he drew a line in the sand with his sword and he called out, "Boys, who will follow old Ben Milam into San Antonio?" And of the 500 men that had camped there, 300 said "I will.""
Davy Crockett to the Lawrences

"A Line in the Sand" is a television film based on A Line in the Sand by Sherry Garland. It was the eighth entry in the Dear America film series. Amy Stewart starred as the heroine opposite Tamsin Kelsey and Adrian Hough as her parents. It aired in April 2000 on HBO.

The Texas Revolution kicks off in Lucinda Lawrence's hometown of Gonzales. Her brother Willis joins the Texian forces and fights at the Alamo.


In Gonzales, Lucinda Lawrence (Amy Stewart) welcomes the return of her father Samuel (Adrian Hough) and her older brother Willis (Steven McCarthy). A group of Mexican soldiers later arrive across the river and ask for the town's cannon. The citizens refuse, fashioning a flag that reads "Come and Take It." Willis believes that Texas should fight for its freedom from Mexico. His father, having fought in the War of 1812, opposes war and wants to cooperate with Mexico. Shortly later, Gonzales engage in battle with the soldiers and win.

After receiving news that the Mexican army is coming, Willis joins the Texian forces and heads to San Antonio. Samuel gives him his blessing, despite his misgivings about war. Over the next few days, his mother (Tamsin Kelsey) worries about him and wants to go to San Antonio, where her brother Isaac (Ari Cohen) and his pregnant wife Esperanza (Inga Cadranel) live. She later receives a letter from Isaac entreating her to stay home. However, she decides to go anyway and her husband reluctantly comes along.

On the way, Davy Crockett (Scott Wickware) helps the family when their wagon breaks down. In San Antonio, Willis informs them that the Texians have won, but Esperanza believes the Mexicans will be back soon. Willis takes Lucinda to a fandango that night. She dances with her longtime crush, Matthew Linder. The same night, their family has packed a wagon since Santa Anna is just eight miles away. Willis and Isaac decide to stay and fight. Samuel also attempts to stay until his wife convinces him otherwise.

Lucinda, her parents, and Esperanza start the journey towards Gonzales. Along the way, they receive news that the Alamo has fallen and Willis and Isaac have been killed. Lucinda and her family are heading towards the States, when Esperanza gives birth to a son who she names Isaac. A few days later, a messengers inform them that "Texas has won its independence" and shouts "Remember the Alamo!" As they arrive home in Gonzales, Lucinda recalls her brother "head high, shoulders squared, stepping across that line in the sand."

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Crew and credits[]

  • Directed by: William Fruet
  • Written by: Heather Conkie
  • Adapted from the book: "A Line in the Sand" written by Sherry Garland
  • Based on: the Scholastic book series "Dear America" created by Jean Feiwel
  • Executive producer: Deborah Forte
  • Co-executive producers: Bill Siegler, Martha Atwater
  • Editor: David B. Thompson
  • Production designer: Ian Brock
  • Director of photography: Ludek Bogner
  • Line producer: Lena Cordina
  • Executive in charge: Christie Dreyfuss
  • Music by: Jack Lenz and Douglas John Cameron
  • Associate producer: Tessa Abdull
  • Production manager: Lena Cordina
  • 1st assistant director: Mark Pancer
  • Location manager: Karen Perez
  • Art director: Roderik Mayne
  • 1st assistant art director: Theresa Tindall
  • 2nd assistant director: Joanna Moore
  • Production coordinator: Nancy Wilson-Kelly
  • Script supervisor: Donna Gardon
  • Set decorator: Jeff Fruitman
  • Costume designer: Joyce Schure
  • Key wardrobe: Marie Grogan Hales
  • Property master: Alan Doucette
  • Make-up: Mary Sue Heron
  • Hairstylist: Etheline Joseph
  • Camera operator: Branimer Ruzic
  • Sound recordist: Bryan Day
  • Re-recording engineer: Steve Foster
  • Gaffer: Michael Forrester
  • Key grip: Brian Potts
  • 1st assistant camera: Lisa Piltcher
  • Post production supervisor: Lynda McKenzie
  • Assistant editor: Paul Rubenstein
  • Construction coordinator: Bill White
  • Transport coordinator: Russ Martin
  • Stunt coordinator: Anton Tyukodi
  • Special effects by: Brock Jolliffe
  • Casting: Susan Forrest and Sharon Forrest
  • Production accountants: Bev Ross, Donna Demers
  • Scholastic financial executive: Diane Vilagi
  • Scholastic post production manager: Carolyn Kelly
  • Production services provided by: Protocol Entertainment Inc.
  • Special thanks to: Dome Audio Video & Effects, The Lab

Home media[]

"A Line in the Sand" and "When Will This Cruel War Be Over?" are the only two Dear America films not released on home video. It is now available for purchase on certain streaming services.

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From the Dear America website (August 2000)



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