An 8 year old Amish boy and his mother are traveling to Philadelphia, on their way to visit the mother's sister. While waiting at the train station, the young boy witnesses a brutal murder inside one of the bathroom stalls. Police detective John Book is assigned to investigate the murder of the man, who was a undercover cop. Soon after, Book finds out that he's in great danger when the culprits know about his investigation and hides out in the Amish community. There, he learns the way of living among the Amish locals, which consists of non-violence and agriculture. Book soon starts a romance with the mother of the little boy, but their romance is forbidden by the Amish standards. But, it's not long before the bad guys find out Book's whereabouts.
8 year old Samuel: sole witness to a murder. Three killers who'll stop at nothing to silence him. One honest cop who'll give his life to save him...
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Did You Know?
It's quite some time before Lukas Haas
says a word of dialogue. Angus MacInnes
has only four lines in the entire film (three of them spoken off-screen), all within the first third of the film. See more
When Rachel fetches the gun from the cupboard to hand it to Book, a number of pantry items are visible that no self-respecting Amish would have in their cupboard (Campbell's soup cans, packages of Jell-O and other boxed products). See more
[Book moves to intervene against some locals harassing the Amish
It's not our way.
It's my way.
The closing shot of John Book, driving away in his car passing Daniel provides an initial backdrop for the end credits. See more
In the VHS version, just after John Book is shot, we see a close-up of his gun and a voice-over from an earlier conversation Book had with the captain. We hear the words: "Who else knows about this? "Just you and me." In the DVD version, we see the close-up of the gun and then it segues to Book's sister waking up Rachel and her son Samuel, minus the voice-over. See more
Referenced in Demon Queen
(What a) Wonderful World
Written by Sam Cooke
, Herb Alpert
and Lou Adler
Performed by Greg Chapman
Courtesy of Abkco Music, Inc. See more