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 an 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.Written by
The only Best Picture Oscar nominee of the year to be also nominated for Original Screenplay. See more »
Even though John Book has been recovering in bed from his gunshot wound for two days, he is clean-shaven. See more »
[Book has just dropped off Rachel and Samuel at Elaine's]
How could you do this to me tonight?
[Elaine runs upstairs and gets Rachel and Samuel settled, then runs down to chastise John]
I told you I had company!
Where's Jason and Billy?
You got a man in the house and the kids are upstairs?
That's none of your business! So, keep you holier-than-thou mouth shut! Anyway, they like Fred!
Oh, now we've got Fred!
Who are these vagrants, anyway?
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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 »
I would like to clear up a couple of comments made by movieguy1021, who wrote:
"One thing I didn't understand is how come everyone seemed to use such strong accents yet they've been living in America for a long time."
Most Amish communities mainly speak Pennsylvania Dutch, which is a dialect of German, hence the accents in the film. Amish children learn English in school.
"Also, although I may not be the end-all, be-all of Amish knowledge, it seems like for people so strict in their rules, they broke them easily. They didn't seem to object to riding in trains or cars, or even using technology."
The Amish accept some forms of modernisation as long as it is not deemed disruptive to their social structure. Some forms of primitive technology are accepted in their community, such as devices that assist with milking cows. Likewise they accept rides in cars, but members of the community cannot own them.
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