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Beverly Lewis' the Shunning (2011)

Danielle Panabaker , Sherry Stringfield  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Danielle Panabaker, Sherry Stringfield, Bill Oberst Jr., Sandra Van Natta
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00584A7MY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,073 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Author Beverly Lewis has made a lucrative career out of writing immersive novels about love and life in Amish country, near where she grew up in Pennsylvania. The Shunning, a TV film adaptation of one of Lewis's bestsellers, is a lovely, and loving, look at a different way of life--and how love and loyalty can tear at one's heart no matter where she lives, or comes from. Danielle Panabaker is dewy-cheeked and earnest as Katie, and recalls the young Kelly McGillis, who also played a young Amish woman in Witness. Young Katie, a devout Amish woman of 20, has always felt pulled in different directions despite her immersion in her small town's insular ways. She secretly sings "English" (non-Amish) songs and hides her beloved, and forbidden, guitar from her strict but loving parents. As The Shunning opens, Katie is set to wed the most eligible bachelor in her community--the new bishop. Yet Katie's heart hasn't gotten over her first love, Daniel (the adorable David Topp, seen in flashbacks). Daniel is presumed to have drowned three years earlier, yet his body was never found, which tugs at Katie's heart. If Daniel could still be alive, how can she truly give her heart to another? Then a real curveball lands in the small community. Sherry Stringfield (ER) plays Laura, a big-city woman on a mission to clear up some long-buried details from her own past. And to say that she's not welcome in the tight-knit Amish community is an understatement. Yet her news is tied with Katie's family and fate--and lives are upturned even as everyone fights desperately to do the right thing. The Shunning refers to the ultimate punishment among the Amish--someone who's committed an offense against the community may not be spoken to or looked at until true repentance is achieved. It's not revealing too much to say that it's Katie who becomes the target of this punishment. But the threads of drama surrounding the crisis--expertly directed by Michael Landon Jr.--keep the viewer, and most of the townspeople, guessing about the "whole story." The Shunning is a drama about people, connections, love, and loss, and it's told with respect and heart. Anyone who enjoys a good romantic drama, with a strong, yet vulnerable, heroine, should embrace The Shunning. --A.T. Hurley

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Katie Lapp (Danielle Panabaker) has always struggled with the rules that define her sheltered Amish community, but when a wealthy outsider (Sherry Stringfield, TV’s ER) begins asking questions about her family, Katie begins to wonder about her origins. What connection does this woman have to her life…and how will the unraveling secrets challenge Katie’s faith? Beverly Lewis’ The Shunning is a powerful, personal journey of discovery based on the famous novel by the New York Times bestselling author.

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super DVD! September 13, 2011
Format:DVD
If you love books by Beverly Lewis you will love this movie made from her book The Shunning. This DVD is excellent and a must watch. The characters are very authentic and brilliant. You just feel like it is real, the characters and places feel very genuine.
I was pulled into the story and was enthralled with it. The story is very heart-warming while being heart-breaking at the same time.
You will be drawn into two different worlds, Amish and English.
Katie found out she was adopted as a baby. Her whole world seems to be falling apart. She loves singing and playing her guitar, but Amish frown upon musical instruments and will only allow singing from their hymn books. What will she choose, what will she do?
The actors/actresses in The Shunning are wonderful. They played their parts exceptionally well. You know how some Christian films really lack in the acting abilities! Well that isn't the case with The Shunning. The casting is just superb.
In this DVD you will find such love, goodness and tenderness that it is unbelievable. I love the way the Amish family wants to keep everyone close and keep them from going astray. I'm really glad to have this DVD and highly recommend it. Another DVD every person should have in their library.

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good January 7, 2012
Format:DVD
I say surprisingly because this is not normally the kind of movie I watch. I stumbled on it because I needed to do some research about the Amish. If Hallmark movies are not your thing either, it might take a while for you to get into the feel of the movie--which, for a viewer used to more edgy Hollywood fare, can seem wooden and at times deadly earnest. There's a bit of cheesiness here, especially in the first half. But then, slowly and surely, the movie builds real dramatic power. The scenes of the actual shunning of the title are heartbreaking, as is Panabaker's performance in the lead role. Her parents are also strong, and show nuances that move beyond Amish stereotype. There's nothing fancy in the direction, but the camera leans heavily on the expressiveness of the human face, a refreshing contrast to the quick cuts and fancy camerawork of so many movies these days. This is a story about things that matter, and a thoughtful look at the different ways God and the divine work in the world. The restrained ending is handled well, leaving Katie's future very much a mystery.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the rest of the movie? December 1, 2012
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I have not read Beverly Lewis' book, though I am aware of it. So I watched this movie with no background or preparation for her portrayal of the Amish or with any idea of what was going to happen in this movie. As the movie began, it piqued my interest because of the strange was of the Amish and because of the obvious conflict Katie was having with that lifestyle. I felt that the producers did a good job of casting and filming, and I felt that all of the characters were portrayed in a sympathetic light, so that there was no real villain in the story. However, right towards the end of the movie, I sat up in my seat and thought, "Alright, this is going in a very interesting direction, and I can't wait to see how things turn out for her." Right then, the credits started rolling. WHAT?? Where's the rest of the movie?? In my opinion, I saw the preface, and the "good" parts happen off-screen, after the movie is over, and I missed it. Unless there's a Part II somewhere that I haven't found. Very frustrating.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The miracle's the life ya got, not what ya missed October 15, 2011
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Poignant part-adaptation. The only way to get a complete book-to-film adaptation is via a series. 90 min of film requires only 50 novel pages. Thus the film is not identical but "based on" and I'll review the DVD--it's as gripping as the book. Beverly Lewis admits the stories are different, but both good, and Katie Lapp was based on Lewis' ancestor.

How can a young beautiful girl who lusts for songs and guitar music marry an Amish Bishop? Is music from the heart to please God? So many conflicts between the English & Amish ways to face. Katie discovers a family secret prior to her nuptials and sets out to sample the English city "sin-style". She makes a larger decision that shames family and she ultimately is shunned. Shunning is a ban on association with a fallen member of the Amish faith. A most severe discipline; as the church members see her turning from the faith.

Absolutely beautiful country scenic film; with rural NC playing the set of Hickory Hollow, Lancaster Co. Eye-catching Danielle Panabaker (Katie) & Sandra W. Van Natta (Mom) are excellent in playing these two emotional roles.
This beautiful setting host any human struggle of opposites. Politics, race, gender, rich/poor, generational, conflicts are not unlike that of the movie "The Help" (you must see it). In "The Shunning" it happens to be a chosen way of non-worldly lifestyle that creates conflict. "The Shunning" is associated with AFFIRMfilms who also connect with the Christian film hit "Courageous." Another must see!

DVD does have SDH subtitles. Bonus is 4 minutes of deleted.

I also enjoyed the role of Ella Mae Zook (Nancy Saunders) who has the line "The miracle ain't the life you missed, but it's the life you've got."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars No Car chases, no explosions, no nudity, no cussing, just good...
We saw this movie on TV and wanted a copy for ourselves. The storyline is excellent. IUt appears to accurately depict the lifestyle and beliefs of an Amish community. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Charles Hook
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I thoroughly enjoy this movie. I've watched it numerous times so far. Every faith has their practices and this movie shows the anguish parents face when they have to choose to... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Mary M
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shunning
Another great movie based on B Lewis books. A family friendly movie. Watch it with all ages in your family.
Published 15 days ago by Corliss R. Horsley
5.0 out of 5 stars Beverly Lewis' the Shunning
I had to have this movie. The story was well written. I couldn't stop crying. In spite of how strict the Amish are the love between a mother andfather for their child never... Read more
Published 25 days ago by sally a. alston
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great actors grest story line deep emotions belivable choices beautiful cinematogrophy. I cared about these people and what happened to them.
Published 1 month ago by slkprayers
3.0 out of 5 stars Truth Vs. Faith
Katie Lapp (Danielle Panabaker) has always struggled with the rules that define her sheltered Amish community, but when a wealthy outsider (Sherry Stringfield) begins asking... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Taheen Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars clean good film
I chose this rating because the film was enjoyable and I consider it to be a family orientated film that would be suitable for 15years and upwards very easy to follow story line it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by viv nattrass
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor acting
Loosely fitting in with the book, I was disappointed. The quality of the book was not translated onto the screen.
Published 2 months ago by John Ventnor
5.0 out of 5 stars glad i ordered
glad I ordered this very nice movie .Beverly Lewis is a great writer ,people should order .you should order .if you like this kind of movie
Published 2 months ago by KITTY
5.0 out of 5 stars Another perfect gift
I bought this for my grandma. She read the books and so I bought the movie for her to Watch. I know how much I love to see the books I love come to life in a film. She loved it.
Published 2 months ago by lauraATarr
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