R | | Crime, Drama, Romance
A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial.
When shooting the murder in the men's room scene, Peter Weir claimed it was the most violent scene he'd ever filmed. Even today, he still thinks it was perhaps too violent. But he wanted to have an outrage over the violence that occurred before the eyes of an... ...
Samuel, the man who was killed tonight was a policeman, and it's my job to find out what happened. I want you to tell me everything you saw when you went into the bathroom.
Samuel Lapp: Um... there were two.
John Book: There were TWO men?
Samuel Lapp: I only saw one.
John Book: Does anybody else ...
The Amish do neither speak nor understand modern-day High German, they speak Pennsylvania Dutch (Palatine German or Pfaelzisch) a Franconian dialect.
The closing shot of John Book, driving away in his car passing Daniel provides an initial backdrop for the end credits.
$4,539,990 (USA) (10 February 1985)