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Merle Good (based on the novel by)
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December 1973 (USA) See more »
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Powerful drama of Pennsylvania Mennonites and an outsider.. See more (2 total) »


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Geraldine Page ... Anna Witmer

Pat Hingle ... Eli

Graham Beckel ... Eric Mills
Rachel Thomas ... Hazel
Stephen G. Weaver ... Jim Witmer (as Steve Weaver)
Luke Sickle ... Menno Witmer
John Miller ... Ben
Noreen Huber ... Sara
Elvin Byler ... Rufus

Thomas Roy ... Stanley

Directed by
Charles Davis 
Writing credits
Merle Good (based on the novel by)

Charles Davis (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Merle Good .... associate producer
Burt Martin .... producer
Original Music by
William Loose 
Cinematography by
Stan Martin 
Film Editing by
Erwin Dumbrille 
Set Decoration by
Steve Denlinger 
Costume Design by
Phyllis Good 
Makeup Department
Fred Doria .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dave Morick .... assistant director
Sound Department
Gene Eliot .... sound editor
Robert Glenn .... supervising sound editor
Bob Janus .... sound recordist
Lawrence Kaufman .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Simpson .... assistant cameraman (as Mike Simpson)
Vincent Spangler .... lighting technician (as Vince Spangler)
Music Department
Lee Darin .... vocal
Al Teeter .... music editor
Gordon Zahler .... music supervisor
Other crew
Dorothy Martin .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Powerful drama of Pennsylvania Mennonites and an outsider.., 17 July 2001
Author: jake j from Atlanta, Georgia

The title of this film changed shortly after its release and was renamed "Hazel's People" (also its video title) and was presented nightly for years at the "People's Place" Amish attraction in Intercourse, PA in the heart of Penna. Dutch country. The amazing thing about this venue is that the film is anything but a paint-by-numbers whitewash of the ways of modern-day new order Mennonites but an incisive view of a Mennonite family stunned into the reality of the outside world when their son is beaten to death at an unnamed NY university protesting the Vietnam War. His best friend (portrayed with brilliant integrity by a then-slender Graham Beckel in the best role of his career), must deliver a message to the Lancaster family and his long-haired, unkempt demeanor quickly brings the family and community's deep rooted prejudices to the surface. Beckel struggles with this hypocracy and perceives quite accurately that the Mennonite family suffers the same jealousies, insensitivities and cruelty of the modern world when fear and hatred are justified by religious unity. The film pulls few punches and sports the accomplished casting of the great Geraldine Page and under-used Pat Hingle as the parents who grow to understand their limitations as parents and believers. The film survives its painfully low budget by the strength of its timeless and potent storytelling. A small and unheralded gem that portrays the lifestyles of the more conservative Mennonite better, in its own way, than "Witness" did in its superficial view of the Amish. Simple, smart and courageous- ***1/2 SCRAPPLES

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