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An 8 year old Amish boy and his mother are traveling to Philadelphia, on their way to visit the mother's sister. While waiting at the train station, the young boy witnesses a brutal murder inside one of the bathroom stall. Police detective John Book is assigned to investigate the murder of the man, who was a undercover cop. Soon after, Book finds out that he's in great danger when the culprits know about his investigation and hides out in the Amish community. There, he learns the way of living among the Amish locals, which consists of non-violence and agriculture. Book soon starts a romance with the mother of the little boy, but their romance is forbidden by the Amish standards. But, it's not long before the bad guys find out Book's whereabouts. Written by
Angus MacInnes also appeared with Harrison Ford in "Force 10 from Navarone" See more »
It seems important that the Amish, at least in this film, do not want guns easily available. Why did they place Book's gun in the drawer in his room in the first place? See more »
[Book has just dropped off Rachel and Samuel at Elaine's]
How could you do this to me tonight?
[Elaine runs upstairs and gets Rachel and Samuel settled, then runs down to chastise John]
I told you I had company!
Where's Jason and Billy?
You got a man in the house and the kids are upstairs?
That's none of your business! So, keep you holier-than-thou mouth shut! Anyway, they like Fred!
Oh, now we've got Fred!
Who are these vagrants, anyway?
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The closing shot of John Book, driving away in his car passing Daniel provides an initial backdrop for the end credits. See more »
An earlier comment on the site suggests that the film is flawed because the Amish boy, coming from a secure, peaceful environment, would not be able to witness a scene of brutality without becoming utterly traumatised.
Far from being a flaw, I believe this is a key statement of the theme of the film - that the close, peaceful and loving upbringing he has enjoyed provide the boy with an emotional strength and resilience that allows him to recognise evil and reject it. Later that same environment will provide the embittered and emotionally scarred with a temporary oasis where he can in part recover from the loveless violence of his own life.
Contrast the failure of community in the vast and soulless terminal building, where the first scene is set, where every one is isolated by the indifference and aggression of their fellow travellers, with the co-operative endeavour of the justly famous barn raising scene, where even the outsider is welcomed and included in an act of joint creation.
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