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Harvest of Fire (1996)

PG | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 21 April 1996
A female FBI agent comes to a distrustful Amish community to investigate a multiple building arson incident.

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Susan Nanus (story), Richard Alfieri (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lolita Davidovich ... Sally Russell
J.A. Preston ... Sheriff Garrison
Jean Louisa Kelly ... Rachel
Tom Aldredge ... Jacob Hostetler
James Read ... Scott
Craig Wasson ... Philip Dixon
Patty Duke ... Annie
Gabriel Mann ... John Beiler (as Gabriel Mick)
Eric Mabius ... Sam Hostetler
Wesley Addy ... Bishop Levi Lapp
Bette Henritze Bette Henritze ... Mary Lapp
Gary Bisig Gary Bisig ... Amos Zook
Madeleine Potter ... Miriam Zook
Pamela Sam Pamela Sam ... Irene Yoder
Marta Kristen ... Martha Troyer
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Storyline

In a small Amish community, three barns are burnt down almost simultaneously. FBI agent Sally Russwell is sent in to investigate this possible hate crime. What she finds however is a community that little trust for outsiders or "The English" as they call them. However, in her investigations, Agent Russell makes friends with one entrepreneurial widow, Annie Beiler who has her own curiosity about this stranger. Together, Annie introduces Russell in-depth to this close knit community bearing many appealing attributes. However, as Sally's investigations continue, she discovers secrets that reveal uncomfortable truths about the religious community that are linked to the arson attacks. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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amish | fbi | arson | detective | rescue | See All (12) »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Harvest of Fire (#45.3) See more »

Filming Locations:

Iowa City, Iowa, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The police office shown is actually the post office in Washington, Iowa See more »

Quotes

Annie Beiler: You pay a price for being close, just as you pay a price for being independent. But the price of being close is smaller, I think.
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Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

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Harvest of Fire Burns Bright ****
2 August 2010 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Wonderful television movie dealing with the Amish people.

What makes this film so good is that at by the end these people are willing to accept their own mistakes and come together. Obviously, Amish people have strong family values as they shun technological advancement.

Lolita Davidovich is wonderful as the FBI agent sent to the Amish country to investigate a series of barn burnings. She is equally matched by Patty Duke, an understanding Amish women, who while accepting the values of her people, also knows how to relate somewhat to the outside world.

There are the usual cast of characters who come under immediate suspicion. We can't jump to conclusions and while the ending may be a shock to others, it still shows the cohesiveness of these people in times of adversity.

This is a beautifully done film.


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