Harvest of Fire (1996)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  21 April 1996 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 228 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 2 critic

A female FBI agent comes to a distrustful Amish community to investigate a multiple building arson incident.


(story), (teleplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Missing Pieces (TV Movie 2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Atticus goes to Mexico to unravel the reason behind his his son's suicide. As he tries to overcome his own feelings over his son's death, Atticus discovers it might not be a suicide at all and tries to uncover the mystery.

Director: Carl Schenkel
Stars: James Coburn, Lisa Zane, Paul Kersey
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A baker in small-town Minnesota turns amateur sleuth after finding her friend and delivery driver shot to death behind her shop.

Director: Mark Jean
Stars: Alison Sweeney, Cameron Mathison, Lisa Durupt
Rose Hill (TV Movie 1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Four orphan boys running from the law in New York stumble upon a baby in a carriage. They decide to head west and take the baby which they name Mary Rose with them. Eventually they set up a... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Cain
Stars: Jennifer Garner, Jeffrey D. Sams, Zak Orth
The Lost Child (TV Movie 2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A story about Rebecca, a woman who goes in search of her natural parents and in the process finds her long lost family and her rich cultural heritage. Her adoption was never kept a secret ... See full summary »

Director: Karen Arthur
Stars: Mercedes Ruehl, Cristine Rose, Jamey Sheridan
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When Henry is invited as a guest speaker at a luxury resort spa, he quickly finds himself at the center of another murder. With Maggie at his side, our favorite duo must not only find the ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Smith
Stars: Dylan Neal, Brooke Burns, Matthew Kevin Anderson
The Russell Girl (TV Movie 2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Sarah Russell, a 23-year-old aspiring medical school student, visits her family to share some important news but instead finds herself confronting a difficult period from her past.

Director: Jeff Bleckner
Stars: Amber Tamblyn, Jennifer Ehle, Henry Czerny
Zoya (TV Movie 1995)
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young Russian countess escapes the 1917 revolution and, despite hardship, makes a new life for herself in America.

Director: Richard A. Colla
Stars: Melissa Gilbert, Bruce Boxleitner, Denise Alexander
The Piano Lesson (TV Movie 1995)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

1930's Pittsburgh, a brother comes home to claim "my half of the piano", a family heirloom; but his sister is not wanting to part with it. This is a glimpse of the conditions for ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Richards
Stars: Charles S. Dutton, Alfre Woodard, Carl Gordon
Breathing Lessons (TV Movie 1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A married couple review their lives and renew their love for one another while driving to a friend's funeral.

Director: John Erman
Stars: James Garner, Joanne Woodward, Kathryn Erbe
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

It's 1945, Burma, the day the war is over! For many this means they've survived and will be going home. But not for everyone. A Scottish soldier, Corporal Lachlan "Lachie" MacLachlan is the... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Ronald Reagan, Patricia Neal, Richard Todd
5 Flights Up (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A long-time married couple who've spent their lives together in the same New York apartment become overwhelmed by personal and real estate-related issues when they plan to move away.

Director: Richard Loncraine
Stars: Diane Keaton, Morgan Freeman, Cynthia Nixon
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When Aurora, or Roe, Teagarden's acquaintance from the disbanded hobby group, Real Murders, dies, Roe is bequeathed a small house and a not-so-small fortune. Roe soon discovers that her ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Wood
Stars: Daniel Bacon, Peter Benson, Candace Cameron Bure


Credited cast:
Sally Russell
Sheriff Garrison
Jacob Hostetler
Philip Dixon
Annie Beiler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bishop Levi Lapp
Gary Bisig ...
Amos Zook
Sarah Troyer
Bette Henritze ...
Mary Lapp
Martha Troyer


In a small Amish community, three barns are burnt down almost simultaneously. FBI agent Sally Russwell is sent in to investigate this possible hate crime. What she finds however is a community that little trust for outsiders or "The English" as they call them. However, in her investigations, Agent Russell makes friends with one entrepreneurial widow, Annie Beiler who has her own curiosity about this stranger. Together, Annie introduces Russell in-depth to this close knit community bearing many appealing attributes. However, as Sally's investigations continue, she discovers secrets that reveal uncomfortable truths about the religious community that are linked to the arson attacks. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

amish | fbi | arson | detective | rescue | See All (12) »


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements




Release Date:

21 April 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Harvest of Fire (#45.3)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The police office shown is actually the post office in Washington, Iowa See more »


Sally Russell: But isn't the covenant you keep with your faith, with your people, that you will obey their edicts - all of them - and if you don't, you lose the grace of their fellowship?
Jacob Hostetler: If that is all I lose, I lose very little.
Sally Russell: Look at the anger in your face, sir, and in your sons' faces. I think you've lost much more.
See more »


Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Outside World Barges In
10 March 2014 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

"Harvest" opens with the gathering of an Amish group at what seems to be a wedding. After a few scenes, we flash back to the wedding party, and they spot a local barn burning. The village rushes about to save the barn and animals, but then we see more and more barns burning. FBI agent Sally Russell (Lolita Davidovich) gets assigned to the scene, and stops to speak with the local sheriff ( J.A. Preston) to get information and get started. Of course, she meets up with the Amish and makes a couple blunders, but they seem to smile and brush it off. Then she's off to the local bar to poke around and stir things up there too. Stuff happens... more stuff happens. Sally spends more time with the Amish, and befriends Annie, and they educate each other on the ways of their different worlds. Slow, mild, simmering story. Not a whole lot of excitement here. We learn a bit about the beliefs of the Amish people, but there are definitely mistakes made here and there in authenticity. There are a couple possible suspects in the fires, but no-one slips up and gives themselves away ahead of time....we'll all have to wait for the ending. And all those commercials, since it's on the Hallmark Channel.

Directed by Arthur Seidelman, who was nominated for two Emmies back in the 1980s. He also directed a bunch of "Murder, She Wrote" episodes.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Before They Were Stars orchid_01_05
Amish Kapps kerrytrout
Discuss Harvest of Fire (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: