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The Silence at Bethany 

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Episode credited cast:
Ann Marie Breen Ann Marie Breen ... Ella Brightbill
Tom Dahlgren Tom Dahlgren ... Phares Mitgang
Richard Fancy ... Elam Swope
Allen Fitzpatrick Allen Fitzpatrick ... Gideon Maust
Tom Greene Tom Greene ... Church Member
Paul Hartel ... Jake Nissley
Amy Landis ... Girl in Flesh Colored Stockings
Bob Lorman Bob Lorman ... Rowan Brightbill
Dakin Matthews ... Sam Mitgang
Mark Moses ... Ira Martin
Suzanne H. Smart Suzanne H. Smart ... Dorcus Nissley
Susan Wilder ... Pauline Mitgang Martin


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22 March 1989 (USA) See more »

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A familiar but unique community of people in changing times.
16 May 2001 | by geralfSee all my reviews

Silence at Bethany is a story that is a genuine slice of American Life. This program first appeared on PBS, The American Experience, in 1988. My wife and I, coming out of completely different cultures, me from the south-central state of Oklahoma, and her from the California community of Bakersfield, found this film story warm and meaningful as well as painful. Issues of church membership acceptance, rejection, judgement, love, support and enforced uniformity are all dealt with in a clear fashion. Communities such as these still exist in good sized numbers in the United States, but their numbers and most important their influence is rapidly declining. There are some sad losses and yet there are some very liberating, but difficult and uncertain choices to be made. You'll appreciate the 85 minute story as a true part of the American Experience for many, many families and people in this country.

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