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A Stoning in Fulham County (1988)

Religious beliefs clash with the law when an Amish infant is killed in a rural community.

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Larry Elikann

Writers:

Jackson Gillis (story), Jud Kinberg (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Olin ... Jim Sandler
Jill Eikenberry ... Susan
Maureen Mueller ... Sarah Shuler
Gregg Henry ... Sheriff Woodman
Nicholas Pryor ... Baxter
Noble Willingham ... Judge Manning
Peter Michael Goetz ... Keller
Ron Perlman ... Jacob Shuler
Theodore Bikel ... Abe Moser
Olivia Burnette ... Rachel
Bill Allen ... Roy
Brad Pitt ... Teddy Johnson
Michael Criscuolo Michael Criscuolo ... Phillip Carr
Michael Johnston Michael Johnston
Mert Hatfield Mert Hatfield
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Storyline

Religious beliefs clash with the law when an Amish infant is killed in a rural community.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Amish Story See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Landsburg Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Re: Stoning in Fulham County 1988. At the court opening the bailiff cries, "Oh, yes; oh, yes" which should be O-yay, O-yay.This exclamation goes back to the time when French was used in court. It is derived from Ouiir (French for 'to hear'). A more accurate translation would be "Hear ye! Hear ye!" O-yay is still used by the U.S. Supreme Court. Scriptwriters, take note. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie, married men are seen with short and clean cut beards. Once a man marries, he is forbidden to trim or cut his beard. An Amish mans beard would be longer than those seen and would not be neat. (Prior to marriage, a man must shave his face clean.) Also, Amish women are never allowed to cut their hair. See more »

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Excellent, Sensitive Telling Of An All-Too-Often Story
4 January 2013 | by OrrenSee all my reviews

I feel I must speak about this film with more heart than I see in some comments. I do not believe the plot summary comment should be allowed to go unchallenged in its short vision.

This film is beautifully written, constructed, cast and acted. The pace, photography, color, soundtrack, costumes and sets all move with depth, nuance and a continuity remarkably faithful to the pace and way of idealized Amish country life. The film presents the Amish not as characters in a melodrama, but rather spreads out the entire Fulham County Community in the complexity of a spiritual, ethical parable — without preaching, or judging, or trivializing the deep human values at odds in an incident, which becomes a crime, which becomes a complex balance of "relative rights and wrongs," — which the film is scrupulously careful to articulate in terse dialog, exceptional acting, and sincere beauty.

This film has become a trivia footnote in Brad Pitt's filmography, since it is one of his earliest performances. It deserves to be elevated from footnote to Exceptional Acting by a Juvenile. His performance is brief, heart-breaking, and some of the best work he has ever done. Likewise those who know Ron Perlman only as a "heavy" character actor will marvel at the finely graduated and sincere beauty of his revelation of the heart of Job. By the time the film concludes, truth and amity prevail notwithstanding tragedy, there are no shallow winners or losers, and Life itself is the summary memory. Some film buffs may perhaps muse to themselves that they have been touched like this, with this power and restraint, in only one other film: "To Kill A Mockingbird."


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