An Amish Murder

1 h 25 min201316+
Starring Neve Campbell. A woman returns to her Amish farming community, but her peace is shattered when a murder exposes a dark secret. Based on Linda Castillo's book 'Sworn to Silence.'
STS Productions I Ltd.
English [CC]
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LichenReviewed in the United States on September 7, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
Should have done some research.
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It's an okay murder mystery - light fluff. I have not read the book, so this is the sole impression I have of the story. I took a star off because of inaccuracy, and I'd be curious whether the book has the same problem. In so many books dealing with the Amish, the author makes the same glaring error, and it's really very disrespectful to the Amish. If a person, unmarried, leaves at 18 - they would NEVER be shunned by the community. Shunning only happens if someone has already been baptized - vowed themselves to the Amish way of life formally - and they aren't baptized until around the time of marriage (usually within a week or two before). She would have been unbaptized, and thus not to be shunned. I did like the costumes and the Amish interiors - these are often badly done in other films. I have been inside many an Amish home (Old Order) and this was very accurate, if a little romanticized. The story is a bit predictable - I had it figured out about 15 minutes in, literally. But then, I'm a writer, so I often tend to do that! It's a rare mystery movie that has me guessing to the end. Some nice performances - Neve Campbell always got on my nerves, she's so absolutely devoid of warmth of any kind. But that quality worked for this role.
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Dr. PaulReviewed in the United States on September 22, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable and rewatch able
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I first saw this movie several years ago on TV and really enjoyed it. Upon going through Amazon Prime one day, I came upon it and decided to purchase. Once again I enjoyed the film, with interesting characters, an interesting setting, and well done acting.

I have a criteria for any film I purchase: will I watch it at least 3 more times and can it become “background.”
In watching at least 3 more times I know it’s enjoyable and I will more than get my monies worth. As for background: I often work and have a film going for noise and “company.” So I want something that can blend into the background, but when I watch it, find it enjoyable. This film fits the bill.

If you like a good old fashioned Who Done It, consider A Amish Murder. You do not spend of lot of time “in the Amish world,” but rather the Amish are effected by what’s going on, along side the rest of the town. So this blending of two world tales is done with respect and compassion. But it’s also got interesting twists.

Overall I enjoy the time spent, like the writing and acting, and find the outcome satisfying. I am happy to recommend it as a great date night or weekend afternoon film.
Tina Loves to ReadReviewed in the United States on April 24, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not Good
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I just found out there was a Lifetime movie basic off of one of my favorite books, so I decided to watch it today. Let me say most of the things I love about the book was token out the movie. I think I would have enjoyed the movie if I had not read the book, but the book was much better. In the book Kate left the Amish before she join the church, so the Amish can talk to her. They are not friendly to her. Also, Kate has a sister and a brother in the book. Her sister turned her in not her sister in law. There is so many difference, and I feel the changes made the feeling of the storyline totally different then the book.
VegasRunawayReviewed in the United States on October 29, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
One of the better Lifetime movies
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One of the better Lifetime movies. Watched it because I've always liked Neve Campbell but also knew the horrible corniness, bad dialogue and typical low budget pictures that Lifetime usually produces. (Mother, May I Sleep with Danger..need I say more?.). I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Interesting plot. Dialogue not too bad. Campbell gives a convincing performance given the genre. Though no surprises, one of the better movies to satisfy your Lifetime guilty fix!
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Shannon IrelandReviewed in the United States on November 8, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
While I did like it, this is a Lifetime whitewashing of a ...
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While I did like it, this is a Lifetime whitewashing of a much better and darker book. I watched this movie after finishing the book and I was disappointed--Maybe because I read the book like 2 days ago, and was watching for the differences. I tried to watch the movie objectively, but it was hard. Overall, it came off as a decent murder mystery and it could have been so much more.
The casting was good and the acting was fine.I have always loved Neve Campbell and thought she was fine as Kate. Looks wise, the guy that played John Tomasetti was fine, but the book John was quieter and was more of an observer than a smart ass.
The book is much more violent and dark and the movie just doesn't go there. Tomasetti and Burkholder are both darker and more damaged in the book than the movie gives them room to be. And the little changes they made seemed silly, like only having 2 murder victims instead of three and making the 2nd murder victim the mayor's daughter instead of the councilman's daughter. This might have worked better as a 2 night mini series to give more development.
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Angela MReviewed in the United States on October 14, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
pretty good for a Lifetime film
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This wasn't bad. I read the book by Linda Castillo on which it's based, so I was disappointed in the differences, but that's one of those things that happens with most film adaptations so I was expecting it. For a lower budget type of movie it was well made with lovely scenery and decent acting. I personally thought C. Thomas Howell was incorrectly cast and the guy playing the mayor would have done better in his role. Neve Campbell did an excellent job as Police Chief Kate Burkholder, and Noam Jenkins as Tomasetti was extremely easy on the eyes. I wouldn't be in a rush to watch this again and again but it wasn't bad.
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Barbara CastletonReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Liked the book. Liked the movie.
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Yes, it was a little "light weight" across the board, but this cultural and crime procedural held my interest and rewarded it with a nicely crafted tale.
AzTennisReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Entertaining show
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Based on Linda Castillo books. Well written. Wish there were more movies based on her books.
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