Harvest of Fire (1996)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  21 April 1996 (USA)
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A female FBI agent comes to a distrustful Amish community to investigate a multiple building arson incident.


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Credited cast:
Sally Russell
Sheriff Garrison
Jacob Hostetler
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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)

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


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Rated PG for thematic elements




Release Date:

21 April 1996 (USA)  »

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

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


Annie Beiler: We make mistakes, but when one of us falls in his journey, we help them up.
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You call the Fire Department - I'll explain why we don't have a phone.
20 March 1999 | by (Palm Beach, FL) – See all my reviews

Let me put this delicately - this ain't exactly an ensemble piece. If you take away the meaningful dialogue between Lolita Davidovich and Patty Duke, you end up with about 15 minute of film left, including footage of 4 barns burning down.

And, perhaps it's due to my proximity to the Pennsylvania Amish area, but I really thought it was a tad condescending to the audience to have the Sheriff explain and pontificate on the Amish customs every time he and the FBI agent head out to investigate.

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