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Plain Truth (2004)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Crime, Mystery  |  4 October 2004 (USA)
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An unmarried 18 year-old Amish girl is charged with the murder of her infant child.

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Ellie Harrison
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Katie Fitch
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Aaron Fitch
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Sarah Fitch
Alec McClure ...
Jacob Fitch
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George Calloway
Colin Fox ...
Bishop Stoflus
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Cooper
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Det. Lisa Munro
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Leda
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Samuel Stoflus
Christopher Ralph ...
Adam Sinclair
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Jeremy Whitmore
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Discomfort strikes an Amish farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania when a dead baby is found. When the mother is discovered and confirmed to be eighteen-year old, unmarried Katie Fitch, she is arrested and sent to trial for murder. The detectives and police all believe that she smothered the baby. City defense attorney, Ellie Harris takes on the task of defending the Amish girl. As Katie denies that she gave birth to the baby and Ellie tries to get through to her client, the plot of the story just keeps rising and spiraling with twists and shocking new discoveries. Is Katie Fitch really guilty of murdering her newborn child? Will her Amish church exclude or still accept her into the community? Written by Kellye M. Boyd

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Jodi Picoult, the author of Plain Truth, and her family were on the set of the movie as Amish extras. See more »

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In the scene where Ellie and Katie are talking while riding the carriage, the left string of Katie's cap keeps changing from the front of her towards her back between shots. See more »

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Needs better cinematic style
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Defense attorney Ellie Harrison (Mariska Hargitay) just got a big win but she's conflicted about getting a white collar criminal off the hook. On an Amish farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, a dead baby is found and unmarried Katie Fitch (Alison Pill) is arrested for killing the baby. Katie refuses to acknowledge her pregnancy no matter what. Ellie is pushed to defend by Katie's mother's cousin Leda who's been shunned. The judge orders that Katie could go home as long as Ellie is there as her guardian. Katie talks to her dead sister. Her father is exceedingly tough.

I really like Mariska Hargitay and Alison Pill. They are doing perfectly good work here. It's a Lifetime movie filmed in Nova Scotia. That's probably its main drawback. The production lacks a cinematic style. Paul Shapiro is a TV director and this looks like a slightly below average TV show. I think the movie could have done a lot more with the style.

As for the story, Ellie should be concerned with trying to get Katie off rather than worrying about the truth so much. Also the trial drags on for too long. It doesn't have enough drama. There is a shocking twist which would be so much more useful as part of the trial. It's not the most compelling TV movie.


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