Amish Grace

  • Gregg Champion (2010)
  • US
  • 88 min
Amish Grace
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3 out of 5

Could you forgive your child's murderer? That's one of the difficult questions raised by this poignant and thought-provoking true-life drama about a 2006 shooting in an Amish school in Pennsylvania. A non-sensational look at human responses to grief and loss, the book-based TV movie centres on the crisis of faith suffered by a fictional victim's mother (an affecting Kimberly Williams-Paisley) as she struggles to accept her community's decision to not only pardon the dead outsider for killing five youngsters but also help his distraught family. Though the key performances are strong, it's this focus on the tragedy's emotional impact that makes the film and papers over Williams-Paisley's occasionally unconvincing behaviour and the stereotypical portrayal of the Amish. Consequently, even when events sometimes feel contrived, their lessons of forgiveness and kindness remain inspirational and deeply touching.

Plot Summary

Drama based on a true story, starring Kimberly Williams-Paisley. When a gunman killed five Amish children at a schoolhouse in 2006, the shock waves reverberated around the world. For the the devout and reclusive Amish people it would be a time when their faith was given its most severe test.

Cast and crew


Ida Graber
Kimberly Williams
Amy Roberts
Tammy Blanchard
Gideon Graber
Matt Letscher
Jill Green
Fay Masterson
Levi Brennaman
Madison Mason
Henry Taskey
Gary Graham
Katie Graber
Karley Scott Collins
Taylor Ann Thompson
Trevor Thompson


Gregg Champion

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