When a young Amish woman and her son get caught up in the murder of an undercover narcotics agent, their savior turns out to be hardened Philadelphia detective John Book. Harrison Ford is sensational as Book, the cop who runs head-on into the non-violent world of a Pennsylvania Amish community. The end result is an action packed struggle of life and death, interwoven with a sensitive undercurrent of caring and forbidden love.
An interesting 75-minute documentary is the only new item on this DVD besides one deleted sequence (which appeared in TV editions). Broken into five parts for no reason, the deftly produced program does an excellent job of dissecting how the main players were involved, including director Peter Weir, cinematographer John Seale, and actors Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Lukas Haas, and Viggo Mortensen (whose first film role was one of the Amish extras). You definitely get the feeling that many of the most memorable scenes were created extemporaneously onset by Weir and others, which may be the reason the Oscar-winning writers are not in this documentary, or thanked Weir when they accepted their award. --Doug Thomas