Beverly Lewis' The Shunning

6.31 h 27 min2011PG-13
Katie Lapp (Danielle Panabaker) has always struggled with the rules that define her sheltered Amish community, but when a wealthy outsider (Sherry Stringfield) begins asking questions about her family, Katie begins to question her origins. Who is this mysterious outsider...and how will the unraveling secrets challenge Katie's faith? Based on a New York Times bestseller.
Michael Landon Jr.
Sherry StringfieldSarah MaineWillie Stratford
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Danielle PanabakerJason LoughlinSandra Elise Williams
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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GodBlessAmericaReviewed in the United States on September 1, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Worst ending of a movie, EVER!!!
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Worst ending of a movie, EVER!!! Honestly, my husband and I enjoyed the whole movie and were sitting on the edges of our seats waiting for the climax of the movie ... when Katie would finally meet her dying mother! All of a sudden .... the credits starting scrolling up..... we just couldn't believe it! What the heck??? What a huge disappointment! Just so frustrated! What were the producers thinking? Or NOT thinking! UGH! Such a let down! If the plot of the movie was Katie trying to find out who she was, then that journey started for her as she left the Amish community to meet her mother. It's like 1/2 the movie is missing. Just so disappointed! :-( And it bothered us both that the mystery of Daniel was never exposed.
24 people found this helpful
kb in WashingtonReviewed in the United States on January 17, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Calm down everyone...
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I bought this in 2018 and never watched it, and forgot about it in the huge pile of DVDs I have. I saw it today on TV and cried the last 20 or 30 minutes of the story! I LOVED the story! Everyone calm down about the ending of the movie! It continues in "The Confession", which I'm watching right now since it was scheduled on TV to follow The Shunning. So if you want to see more of the storyline then watch the next in the series. It would have been helpful if they has indicated that this was 'part one' of the story, but then, maybe they made The Confession after people pushed for more. I don't know, but it also looks like there is a third and final part of the story called "The Reckoning", then I'll be happy to see that too. I'm only sorry that the lead actress has changed in this second part. But since it has the same director (Michael Landon Jr.), I'm expecting it to be as good as the first installment.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
what happened to the rest of the story?
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i'm going to be upfront: what the heck kind of dippity doo ending is that???
and YES, that is why it's rated two.
how do we know the mom (laura) didn't die before her daughter go there??
how do we know the daughter (katherine) didn't die before she got there??
what happened to the bishop??
the old tea lady kept coughing, is she going to die next??
dat gave her the music notes from the guitar he busted, is katherine going to pursue music??
how long is she staying in that world??
how long till laura dies??
will she find another love??
what the heck happened to the body of daniel?????
the time she was speaking to his spirit in the carriage, how do we know she doesn't need psych evaluation??
does katherine ever get un-shunned?? does she even go back??

SEE, tell me how you DON'T give it a 2/5!!
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jerry cooksonReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful experience
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A beautiful story of a young Amish girl who risks shunning to find her birth mother. You feel great sympathy for her adopted parents who have to let her go and hope she will not be lost to them forever. You need to get the Confession and the Reckoning to have the full picture-very moving trilogy. I will certainly watch these videos again soon. I will also reread the novels these movies are based on.
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James R. McgeeReviewed in the United States on August 13, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
The human side of Amish life
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After watching this movie one should be able to recognize the Amish as loving family people facing the same problems every one of us face. Things in Katie's life aren't as they seem when she discovers the burnt remains of a letter. Things begin to unravel as she learns her mom and dad are living a lie. Without spoiling any more I can only say this movie depicts a life of strict religious adherence but in the end the human heart wins out. A great movie that the whole family can enjoy.
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Suzie QReviewed in the United States on September 9, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
I can't believe I watched the entire movie!
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First of all, some of the Amish women wore more makeup in this movie than the dancers on stage wear in Vegas. Okay I'm exaggerating a little but it was distracting. And I get that the actor playing the mother was trying to show how submissive she is by keeping her head bend down a bit throughout the whole movie, but you can't tell me she didn't get a cramp in her neck. One good thing came out of this. It's time to go to sleep and I'm bored and sleepy.
4 people found this helpful
victor beaudoinReviewed in the United States on December 25, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good story, would be worthwhile to have Ken Burns do a "Look at the old and the new Amish peoples."
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Great story about Amish life and what it means to grow up Amish in today's society. It gives a glimpse of religious pressure exerted on a secluded group of religious people in America.
It would be nice to have a DVD made by Ken Burns, to show the Old and the new Amish lifestyle.

Showing how some communities live without any modern conveniences, while others have adapted to making some of the finest furniture and large RV cabinets using modern conveniences.
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lawyeraauReviewed in the United States on September 6, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
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I love books and films about Amish life. This one seemed promising, centering around a secret involving the daughter of an Amish family. While I did enjoy some of it, parts of it rang false, which was disappointing, and the ending was very unsatisfactory. Still, if one has an interest in the Amish, one should derive some enjoyment from this film.
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