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Plain Truth (2004)

Mariska Hargitay , Alison Pill , Paul Shapiro  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007LBM40
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,056 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Plain Truth" on IMDb

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

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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.

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Interviews:A look at the cast and crew of Plain Truth
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
By eric_f
Format:DVD
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!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid 4+ Stars July 15, 2005
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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie February 8, 2005
By Dante
Format:DVD
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A dissapointing movie from a wonderful novel! April 10, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Plain Truth January 11, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie was awesome!! March 30, 2005
A Kid's Review
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie May 31, 2008
Format:DVD
This movie is great from start to finish.Mariska Hargitay is such a great actress and when your watching her you can feel all the emotions she's feeling.This lady deserves to be in more movies!I was shocked by the ending!If you like surprise endings this movie is for you.This movie is never dull or boring.Totally worth the money and time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great actors. Very good story.
Published 1 month ago by Gloria A. Stusalitus
4.0 out of 5 stars Ending not to our liking
My husband and I truly enjoyed this movie. We weren't quite comfortable with the ending. Won't say much for those of you interested in purchasing the dvd. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Glowing Ember
5.0 out of 5 stars Amish movie
Great Amish themed movie.
Published 2 months ago by Bonnie J Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Plain Truth
I really thought that the DVD was fine and there wasn't anything wrong with it. The one thing that should have been done was something with fragile just so the mail person is more... Read more
Published 3 months ago by kalynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
I love Mariska Hargitay and she did not disappoint in this movie. It was suspenseful and sweet at the same time.
Published 5 months ago by Nickie A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great movie!
I was hesitant at first to purchase this dvd because of not knowing the actors. But, I always enjoy movies about the Amish. This one is another great movie to add to my collection. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Fabulous movie to learn more about the Amish life and see Mariska Hargitay in a different role. She plays a lawyer and not a detective. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Corinne Pina
3.0 out of 5 stars The Truth Hurts
A newborn is found dead in a peaceful Amish farming community. Was it a tragic accident, or murder? That s the shocking question facing Ellie Harrison (Mariska Hargitay), a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Taheen Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Mariska Hargitay movie
I am a fan of SVU and Mariska Hargitay and enjoyed seeing her in this movie. I recommend it to others.
Published 7 months ago by Leigh
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
It was a good movie. It really had a surprise ending that I didn't see coming! I did enjoy it.
Published 7 months ago by Sandy Arnall
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