Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Mariska Hargitay, Alison Pill, Jan Niklas, Kate Trotter, Alec McClure
Director: Paul Shapiro
Genres: Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
A newborn is found dead in a serene, simple Amish farming community. Was it a tragic accident or could it be murder? That's the shocking question facing high-profile criminal lawyer Ellie Harrison (Mariska Hargitay), who d... more »
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Mary Jane T. (MJ) from SPOTSYLVANIA, VA
Reviewed on 7/23/2011...
Very good moive, we enjoyed it so much.
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Tami P. from SAINT JOHNS, AZ
Reviewed on 12/18/2010...
Dana J. (daedelys) from OCEANSIDE, CA
Reviewed on 5/24/2008...
I was really disappointed with this movie since I had read the book the day before and everything in the book was fresh in my head. There were so many changes made that were unnecessary and things left out that would have made the movie better. I know a lot of movies get changed from book to screen, but that doesn't mean they don't have to become awful. Also, the acting was really disappointing when there were several very good actors/actresses in this movie. I had gotten mine new through Amazon, watched it once, and couldn't wait to get rid of it because I knew I wouldn't watch it again.
Think Lifetime can only show sappy flicks? Think again
eric_f | Boston, MA | 03/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I happened to come across this movie completely by accident one night while channel-surfing. I have to say that I tend to avoid the Lifetime channel as a rule, but this particular night I came across the beginning of this movie and it looked interesting. So I gave it a chance. Wow, what a surprise! This turned out to be quite an enjoyable movie with tons more depth and intrigue than a typical Lifetime made-for-television movie will offer. In fact I would even rate it among the top movies I've seen recently.
Alison Pill plays a young Amish girl who is arrested on suspicion of killing her newborn child. Normally, the "girl gets arrested for killing her baby" wouldn't make for a very worthwhile movie plot since this topic is nothing new, but having an Amish girl be in the center of it all adds an unusual twist to the movie, one of the things it has going for it. And Alison Pill nails this role; I'm shocked that she has not been in more well-known movies. Her acting talent is obvious from the beginning, not to mention being quite attractive. Equally as good is Mariska Hargitay as the lawyer who represents her in court. And she isn't too hard on the eyes either. I don't mean to harp on about the attractiveness of the 2 women in the lead roles, but hey, it certainly doesn't hurt to have that as a bonus.
But getting back to the merits of the movie, don't let the word "Lifetime" discourage you. Believe me, I've done my fair share of cringing from the painfully-bad movies that Lifetime tends to show. But I can assure you that "Plain Truth" is a welcome change, with some great plot twists (you won't see the final one coming a mile away). Highly recommended!"
A great movie
Luna | 02/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this movie was awesome, im not usually a fan of mystery type films, but this was a huge exception. when the murder of an baby occurs in a quiet Amish community and a young amish girl is arrested, a lawyer has to figure out what happened with little help from the community and even from the accused teen.
the plot is awesome and so is the cast. full of twists and suprises, it will keep you guessing until the very end."
Solid 4+ Stars
D. Hupp | Woodbridge, VA United States | 07/15/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent movie. Solid performances by the entire cast. Allison Pill and Mariska Hargitay prove that they can shine in demanding roles. Unexpected plot twists tied to the interplay between the Amish and modernday cultures heighten the drama and character development. You'll miss out on a good movie if you fall victim to the bias that made-for-TV productions aren't worth seeing on DVD. This one is better than many bigger budget Hollywood movies. Buy it. It's worth adding to your collection."