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Amish Grace

4.7 out of 5 stars 254 customer reviews

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Based on a true story and the book Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, and David L. Weaver-Zercher, Amish Grace chronicles the community of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, forever changed when a gunman senselessly takes the lives of five girls in a schoolhouse shooting before taking his own life in October of 2006. What transpires takes the town by storm, as the media descend on the city and criticize its Amish leaders for their notion of unconditional forgiveness and their outreach of support to the gunman's widow. Through the eyes of a grieving mother, Ida Graber (Kimberly Williams-Paisley; Father of the Bride films, "According to Jim"), and other devastated families, the film explores the Amish community's astonishing reaction of compassion to the horrific events that shook their town and tested their faith.

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  • Actors: Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Tammy Blanchard, Matt Letscher, Fay Masterson, Madison Mason
  • Directors: Gregg Champion
  • Writers: Donald B. Kraybill, Sylvie White, Teena Booth
  • Producers: Kyle A. Clark, Larry A. Thompson, Marta M. Mobley, Robert G. Endara II
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003V3FSO6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,407 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Amish Grace" on IMDb

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If you like dramas that pack an emotional punch, don't miss this one. AMISH GRACE is a powerful story -- both tragic and inspiring. The acting, screenplay & directing are excellent and, in my opinion, as good or better than in many major film productions. The story is set in the Amish community in Lancaster County, the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

Kimberly Williams-Paisley & Tammy Blanchard give strong performances as bereaved women who struggle mightily to cope with their own personal tragedies. Williams-Paisley portrays the grief-stricken Amish mother of a 14-year old daughter who is gunned down by a deranged shooter in a small Amish schoolhouse. Blanchard plays the role of the wife of the killer who discovers too late her husband's heinous plot.

Although the film is based on an incident that occurred in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania a few years ago, it is not a docudrama. Rather it focuses more on the tragic and traumatic effects of the killings on one of the Amish families and on the family (mostly the wife) of the shooter. The interplay of the 2 main characters and their contrasting families illustrate one of the major themes of the film, the profound, paradoxical impact of forgiveness.

The Amish family itself is divided in its efforts to cope with the outrageous killing of one of their daughters. Williams-Paisley convincingly portrays the intense gamut of emotions, such as grief, hatred and outrage that any mother would feel. Her reactions sharply conflict with those of her husband, who anguishes (mostly in private) over his own suffering and the extraordinary effort required to genuinely forgive the killer in Christ-like fashion.
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This movie is great for everyone to see! Knowing that it is based on true events makes it so real to us.
The powerful message of forgiveness is something for us all; how we should forgive each other when
offended in any way! It is a command from God himself & right here proved how the Amish put God first
in their life even when someone murders their little children!! Wow...only with the help of God could
you actually forgive someone like that. Take time & watch this if you haven't already.
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I just finished watching this on tv, and went right here to amazon to see if i could purchase it! It was very respectfully done, and it showed in such a powerful way the power of forgivness, that is truly mind blowing and of God... I would recommend this to anyone. Such beauty in the midst of tragedy.
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If you have a problem with forgiving those who have hurt you bad ( hasnt everyone...) then watch this film this winter ! It is a magnificent film. It is a dramatic film of how the Amish community decided to forgive a malicious killer. It is an excellent illustration for all of us to learn something profound. The more we decide NOT to forgive those who have hurt us the more we punish ourselves, and thats serious.
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Up lifting story of struggle & pain of forgiveness. While there was struggle and pain there was an uplifting end. Dealt tactfully with the murders at Nickle Mines in PA. Respectfully and compassionately showed the tragity and the Amish.
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The message of forgiveness is presented well, even eloquently at times, in this film. The unforgiving wife's husband, Gideon, is the most believable of all the actors and it is his words about forgiveness that make the film worth viewing.

However, living among the Amish as I do, and having been in an Amish home, I found it hard to get past the unrealistic acting and scenery. The actors, especially the fictional main character, were so American English, that I had to work to get past their presentation to grasp the real message. The house of the Amish family in this film was a far stretch from the simple, plain homes with the smell of wood burning that are true Amish. Who came up with the idea of the fancy boots on the girls in the beginning of the movie? Knowing real Amish, I cannot imagine them ever sporting such fancy things.

I am interested to read a book on this event now. I hope to find one that doesn't deal in fiction but with the Amish as I know them and admire so much.
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Based on the true story of the murder of five innocent Amish school girls in 2006 in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. The main family in the story is fictional, however. Great acting and screenplay. Emotional without being manipulative. Violent without showing any violence. Inspirational without being preachy. I have always been critical of faith-based films that are basically 'sermons disguised as films'. Faith-based films should be great stories where the message is an integral part of the story. This is one of those. At the heart of the story is a horrific crime. A lone gunman backs his pickup to a one room Amish school, walks in and proceeds to kill five young Amish girls and wound five others. What happens after that is almost as unbelievable. Three Amish men, including the father of one of the victims, visit the home of the killer to offer forgiveness and help to the gunman's widow. But not everyone finds it easy to forgive. Ida Graber (Paisley) isn't buying it. 'I will not betray my daughter by forgiving her killer'. What follows is for the most part the struggle between two women, both mothers & wives, struggling with forgiveness and their husbands from two totally different perspectives. While we may all have a tendency to see the Amish as stoic and and almost mechanical or robotic in their faith, this is not at all what comes thru in the film. While raising (but not answering) some inconsistencies in their practices, we see them as real humans struggling to deal with this horrific crime against their community. One of the most powerful scenes is at the funeral for the gunman. This is a movie that will haunt you and stick with you as you consider (at least I did) how to live out a live of forgiving with even just the most mundane grievances. What could this mean for communities, our nation and our world if forgiveness were truly practiced. I highly recommend this film. Lu G. for Lu's Reviews.
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