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. Written by
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?
's feature film debut. He was offered the part in the film on the same day that he was offered to play a role in "Henry V" in Shakespeare in the Park in New York City. See more
When the Philadelphia cops are talking on the phone to the cops in Lancaster, first the Lancaster cop pronounces Lancaster (lank aster) like the county inhabitants do, but in the next breath, he pronounces it LANcaster like everyone outside a 25 mile radius does. Is he local or isn't he? See more
What happened to Hochleitner?
He went home. He's a friend of the family... he's like a son to Eli.
[Notices John planing a board
You know carpentry. Can you do anything else?
Whacking. I'm hell at whacking.
Whacking is not much use on a farm.
The closing shot of John Book, driving away in his car passing Daniel provides an initial backdrop for the end credits. See more
Referenced in The Commune
(What a) Wonderful World
Written by Sam Cooke
, Herb Alpert
and Lou Adler
Performed by Greg Chapman
Courtesy of Abkco Music, Inc. See more