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Writers (WGA):
Matthew Tabak (teleplay)
Jodi Picoult (novel)
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Release Date:
4 October 2004 (USA) See more »
She doesn't trust outsiders. But an outsider is her only hope. See more »
An unmarried 18 year-old Amish girl is charged with the murder of her infant child. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Mariska Hargitay ... Ellie Harrison

Alison Pill ... Katie Fitch

Jan Niklas ... Aaron Fitch

Kate Trotter ... Sarah Fitch

Alec McClure ... Jacob Fitch

Robert Bockstael ... George Calloway
Colin Fox ... Bishop Stoflus

Jonathan LaPaglia ... Cooper

Laura Leigh Hughes ... Det. Lisa Munro
Catherine Disher ... Leda

Andrew Martin-Smith ... Samuel Stoflus
Christopher Ralph ... Adam Sinclair

Jeremy Akerman ... Judge
Mauralea Austin ... Jury foreman

Nigel Bennett ... Jeremy Whitmore
Brian Heighton ... Medical Examiner
Peter Blais ... Dr. Owen Zieglar
David Christoffel ... Steven
Maria Rogers ... Hannah Fitch
Darcy Lindzon ... Paramedic #1
Glen Grant ... Security guard
Kevin LeBlanc ... Doctor (as Kevin Leblanc)
Krista MacDonald ... Nurse (as Krista Macdonald)
Thomas Gibson ... Hoagie server
Geoff McLean ... Uniformed cop (as Geoff Mclean)

David Gibson McLean ... Amish boy #1 (as David Gibson Mclean)
Colin Rogers ... Amish boy #2
Bruce Graham ... Reporter #1
Jim Swansburg ... Reporter #2

Directed by
Paul Shapiro 
Writing credits
Matthew Tabak (teleplay)

Jodi Picoult (novel)

Produced by
Philip K. Kleinbart .... supervising producer (as Philip Kleinbart)
Michael Mahoney .... producer
Michael Prupas .... executive producer
Alys Shanti .... executive producer
Robert Greenwald .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Yves Laferrière 
Cinematography by
David Greene (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Pacek 
Production Design by
David Barkham 
Art Direction by
Terry Quennell 
Set Decoration by
Brian Enman (key set decorator)
Bill Hardwick (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Kate Delmage 
Makeup Department
Barbi Jollota .... key hair stylist
Elizabeth Kuchurean .... makeup artist
Cathy O'Connell .... key makeup artist
Jim Macdonald .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Valerie Halman .... production manager
Jennifer Phillips .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Webb .... first assistant director (as Steven Webb)
Bruce Zwicker .... second assistant director
Art Department
Bernice Butler .... property master
Morgan Gentle .... assistant art director
James Matthews .... head scenic painter
David Sutherland .... construction coordinator
Chris Brown .... lead set dresser (uncredited)
Jason Clarke .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Paul Adlaf .... sound mixer
Alison Clark .... sound effects editor (as Alison K. Clark)
Rob Hutchins .... assistant sound editor
Daniel Pellerin .... sound re-recording mixer
Geoff Raffan .... dialogue editor (as Geoffrey Raffan)
Richard Spence-Thomas .... sound re-recording mixer
Stefan Fraticelli .... foley artist (uncredited)
Rob Hutchins .... assistant adr editor (uncredited)
Rob Hutchins .... assistant dialogue editor (uncredited)
Geoff Raffan .... adr editor (uncredited)
Randy Wilson .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Randy Boliver .... stunt coordinator
Colleen Pace .... stunt double
Camera and Electrical Department
Jake Clarke .... gaffer
Johnny Cochrane .... first assistant camera (as John Cochrane)
Keith Dimmer .... best boy electric
Eric Emery .... dolly grip (as Eric Emery)
Rick Gillis .... best boy grip
Tony Guerin .... camera operator
Eddy McInnis .... second assistant camera (as Eddy Mcinnis)
Kelcey Parker .... key grip
Alan Sweet .... grip
Brooke Palmer .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jordan Schella .... electrician (uncredited)
Andrew Stretch .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Casting Department
Ross Clydesdale .... casting: Toronto
Lisa Ferguson .... casting: Halifax
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Victoria Rockwell .... costume extras coordinator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Frank Biasi .... on-line editor
Joanne Rourke .... colorist: tape-to-tape
Marc Roussel .... assistant editor
Gord Ventura .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Music Department
Kevin Banks .... additional music editor
Dylan Heming .... composer: additional music
Luc Papineau .... music mixer
Luc Papineau .... music recordist
Luc Papineau .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Kristin Arason .... picture car coordinator
Kelly Peterson .... transportation coordinator
Richard Colp .... unit driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Rob Chapman .... production coordinator
Joanne Hagen .... script supervisor
Elizabeth Kavanagh .... production accountant
Kate Mahoney .... assistant production coordinator
Steve Murphy .... head wrangler
Gary Swim .... location manager
Michael J. Curran .... executive assistant (uncredited)
Phil Hatcher .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Lucy McColl .... production assistant (uncredited)
Betty Palik .... publicist (uncredited)
Chris Turner .... stand-in (uncredited)
Robert Greenwald .... special thanks
Mashona Hobbs .... special thanks (as MaShona Hobbs)
Monica Khudan .... special thanks
Jodi Picoult .... special thanks
Lily Takanashi .... special thanks

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90 min

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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 »
Continuity: 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, 11 June 2014
Author: SnoopyStyle

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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