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Plain Truth

4.3 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews

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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 ditches her self-indulgent city life to head to rural Pennsylvania. Ellie must defend an 18-year-old Amish girl, Katie (Alison Pill), who stands accused of killing her baby. Despite the surmounting evidence, the teen insists that she was never pregnant. While trying to learn her client's secrets, Ellie is forced to live with the Amish and attempts to break down the barriers of this very private society. Inspired by the best-selling Jodi Picoult novel of the same name.

DVD Features:
Deleted Scenes
Interviews:A look at the cast and crew of Plain Truth
TV Spot


Special Features

  • A Look at Plain Truth with the cast and crew
  • Additional scene

Product Details

  • Actors: Mariska Hargitay, Alison Pill, Jan Niklas, Kate Trotter, Alec McClure
  • Directors: Paul Shapiro
  • Writers: Jodi Picoult, Matthew Tabak
  • Producers: Alys Shanti, Michael Mahoney, Michael Prupas, Philip K. Kleinbart, Robert Greenwald
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lifetime
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007LBM40
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,398 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Plain Truth" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
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.
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By Dante on February 8, 2005
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This movie was awesome, I am not usually a fan of mystery type films, but this was a huge exception. When a newborn baby is found dead in a quiet Amish community and a young amish girl is arrested for the crime, a lawyer with issues of her own 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. fFll of twists and suprises, it will keep you guessing until the very end.
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I purchased this movie because I am so impressed with the acting ability of Mariska Hargitay. She does an excellent job in this film and truly lives the part. The film is intriguing and emotional without raw sex or offensive language. It is thought provoking and a definitely a movie for our time. The surprise ending of the film and the non-verbal emotions expressed by Mariska are captivating.
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While reading Jodi Picoult's novel, I could picture the scenes forming into a movie in my head. I then ran across it on here, and had to buy it.

All I can say is that I was very, very disappointed. The characters are not developed, the storyline is weak, and it was crammed into such a short time that it hurts the telling of what is a truly amazing story.
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From 2004, this endeavor benefits greatly from a no-nonsense approach to its horrific central crime. A baby's mysterious death is the catalyst for most (if not all) of the movie's action that brings a high powered attorney to a small Amish community to defend the young mother against murder charges. Expecting huge amounts of melodrama with such a sensational subject matter, I appreciated that the plot remained focused on the investigation, the facts of the case, and the impact on and responsibility of the Amish community. Of course, any TV production would be lucky to have the presence of Mariska Hargitay. I could have lived without the simpler lessons doled out to this professional woman (city life and success is always looked on with such disdain in these types of stories), but Hargitay is such a terrific actress that she grounds every role. Alison Pill does a good job as the teenaged mother as well. They play off each other well and the movie has a few noteworthy surprises on the journey to the inevitable conclusion. A solid entry for Lifetime TV and a solid interpretation of author Jodi Picoult's work. KGHarris, 7/12.
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A Kid's Review on March 30, 2005
Format: DVD
Im only fourteen so I usually dont watch lifetime because I thought it was for older people but boy was I wrong. Plain Truth is one of the best movies I have ever seen. The plot and twists in this movie are awesome! Mariska Hargitay is an amazing actress! She was perfect for this movie. She should be on more movies I love watching her on Law and Order SVU Ive never missed an episonde and now because of her role on SVU I want to be a detective.

This movie is the best!!!!!
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Format: DVD
Plain Truth
1 Disc Widescreen, released July 13, 2010

"Plain Truth" was a Lifetime movie from 2004 directed by Paul Shapiro based on the novel by Jodi Picoult. Mariska Hargitay plays Ellie Harrison, a criminal lawyer who takes on the case of a dead baby in an Amish community and the 18-year-old mother, Katie played by Alison Pill who denies she was ever pregnant though medical tests would prove otherwise.

Picture the Harrison Ford movie "Witness" and switch the male detective to a female defense attorney and a different mystery. That's the feel here. There are lots of comments on the Amish culture's plainness, anti-violent stance, and firm embrace of tradition.

Ellie needed a vacation from her profession after feeling guilty about winning her last case when her client probably deserved jail time. As a favor to a friend she takes on this case and in requesting bail, the judge makes the unusual demand that Ellie have to stay in the Amish community till the trial ends to make sure the girl doesn't flee. Mariska Hargitay (from "Law and Order: SVU) is very convincing in the courtroom and plays the Lifetime level of all-around wonderful leading woman to the fullest.

The story takes us down all sorts of paths with what could have happened since Katie keeps lying about the circumstances and giving different versions. The result is frustratingly simple, but at least they didn't go the really obvious route. Alison Pill (whom you might remember from the fantastic "Dan in Real Life" movie with Steve Carrell in 2007) was well-cast here since she looks so natural in the plain Amish setting and does well in an understated emotional performance.
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