An unmarried 18 year-old Amish girl is charged with the murder of her infant child.



(teleplay), (novel)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellie Harrison
Katie Fitch
Aaron Fitch
Sarah Fitch
Alec McClure ...
Jacob Fitch
Robert Bockstael ...
George Calloway
Bishop Stoflus
Det. Lisa Munro
Samuel Stoflus
Christopher Ralph ...
Adam Sinclair
Mauralea Austin ...
Jury foreman
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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Behind every murder lies the plain truth. See more »






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4 October 2004 (USA)  »

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Cala prawda  »

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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 »


Just before 53 minutes into the movie, when Ellie is talking to Cooper, her necklace keeps going in and out of her sweater between shots. See more »

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Outstanding film, story, cast and performances
31 August 2006 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

While watching this film, I glanced at comments previously made on this site. Although few in number, they had a wider range than for most films. I haven't read the book, but can understand how it contained information and interesting studies of relationships between characters in greater detail than the time available would allow in the movie. And there are always variances in opinions, but usually not this great. For example, based upon its ratings, I may be one of the few people in the country who has seen CSI very seldom, and I wasn't familiar with Mariska Hargitay. However, I may start ensuring I view it in the future. Her performance here was outstanding, and she is a completely attractive presence. I had never heard of Alison Pill, either, and her performance was equally well-done. (In looking-up her profile here, she is a real cutie - not entirely hidden in the film, but unavoidably dimmed by the nature of her character.

As with very good movies like this one, the supporting characters and cast performances were excellent, as was, of course, the story. The Amish represent a very culture to view, and having lived for many years in an area with Amish, I feel their society was represented fairly, respectfully and accurately. As others have mentioned, the plot does keep one guessing and yet each aspect is believable. In so many films where the story has a lot of twists and turns, either the story has contrivances needed to create them, and they sometimes detract, rather than enhance, the overall presentation. Neither was the case here. Not only an outstanding film, but one you look forward to seeing again, or perhaps buying a copy.

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