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"An Amish Murder" review by Suzanne
Premieres
Sunday, January 6, at 9:00PM ET/PT on Lifetime

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, despite a few flaws. Neve Campbell stars as a police chief, Kate, in a small town in Pennsylvania. We learn that she grew up there in the Amish country, left when she was a teen, and now has come back, and the Amish people won't speak to her. More of her mysterious background is revealed as the show progresses. It is tied in to a murder she is trying to solve.

Her brother, Christian Campbell, has a small role as her Amish brother, Jacob. The cast is a good one. Jilon Vandover plays her ex-boyfriend, Lucas. Noam Jenkins plays John Tomasetti, an FBI profile who comes to help with her murder case. There are many suspects in the murder investigation. I thought the writing was done very well and it kept my interest.

I thought there were two flaws that sort of ruined it for me. First of all, one of the cast members not mentioend above, always plays either a complete jerk or a bad guy, so when you see his name in the credits, you immediately figure out that he's probably the villain. That was obvious to me, at least.  Secondly, the heroine's name and his rhyme, for no apparent reason, which seemed just a bit silly. You'd think someone would have caught that and changed it.

I read that this might be a new show...I would definitely watch it. Despite those two flaws, it's a very good movie. Don't forget to watch it tonight!

More Information:

In An Amish Murder, the peaceful Amish farming community of Painter’s Mill, Ohio, is shattered when a series of brutal murders leaves the town with a sense of frailty and loss of innocence.  Among the most affected by the tragedy was Kate Burkholder, a young girl who survived the terror and, as a result, left the Amish life behind.  Fifteen years later, Kate returns to Painter’s Mill as its Chief of Police.  Certain she’s come to terms with her past, Kate’s renewed life in her hometown is shattered when a murder investigation triggers deep-seated emotions from her childhood and exposes a dark secret that could destroy her.

LIFETIME ORIGINAL MOVIE AN AMISH MURDER, STARRING NEVE CAMPBELL, TO PREMIERE JANUARY 6

Film Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal and Based on Novel Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo

LOS ANGELES (December 3, 2012) – Neve Campbell (Scream, Party of Five) stars in the Lifetime Original Movie An Amish Murder (fka Sworn to Silence), premiering on Sunday, January 6, at 9:00PM ET/PT.  Based on the book Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo, An Amish Murder tells the story of a woman who grew up Amish and, after returning to her small hometown as its Chief of Police, must solve a string of horrible murders.  The movie also stars Neve’s brother Christian Campbell (Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, Trick), Noam Jenkins (Rookie Blue, Saw II) and C. Thomas Howell (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Outsiders).

In An Amish Murder, the peaceful Amish farming community of Painter’s Mill, Ohio, is shattered when a series of brutal murders leaves the town with a sense of frailty and loss of innocence.  Among the most affected by the tragedy was Kate Burkholder (Campbell), a young girl who survived the terror and, as a result, left the Amish life behind.  Fifteen years later, Kate returns to Painter’s Mill as its Chief of Police.  Certain she’s come to terms with her past, Kate’s renewed life in her hometown is shattered when a murder investigation triggers deep-seated emotions from her childhood and exposes a dark secret that could destroy her.

An Amish Murder is executive produced by Neve Campbell (The Company), Barbara Lieberman (Lifetime’s The Pregnancy Project, Murder in the Hamptons) and Poppy Montgomery (Lifetime’s Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story, Unforgettable).  The film is directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal (Girl Fight, Homegrown) and written by Mark Malone (Law & Order: Criminal Intent).

ABOUT LIFETIME

Lifetime Television is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families.  In the Third Quarter 2012, the network posted major growth in viewership versus Third Quarter 2011, including a 14% increase among Women 18-49, +9% in Women 25-54 and +5% among Adults 18-49, marking the third straight quarter Lifetime has registered year-on-year growth among the key demographics.  Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks.  A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

Show Credits

An Amish Murder Credits
                                                         THE CAST

 Kate Burkholder                                                       NEVE CAMPBELL

 John Tomasetti                                                        NOAM JENKINS

 Lucas Holst                                                             JILON VANOVER

 Jacob Burkholder                                                     CHRISTIAN CAMPBELL

Rupert Nichols                                                         IRONE SINGLETON

 TJ Banks                                                                  ALEC McCLURE

Mona                                                                       LINDA KASH

Sarah Burkholder                                                     MARY KRONHERT

                                               And

Nathan Detrick                                                        C. THOMAS HOWELL

                                                                                                            

                                            PRODUCTION

 

Executive Producers                                                NEVE CAMPBELL

        BARBARA LIEBERMAN

                                                                                POPPY MONTGOMERY

Producer                                                                  ARLENE FORSTER

Produced by                                                            TERRY GOULD

Directed by                                                             STEPHEN GYLLENHAAL

Teleplay by                                                             MARK MALONE

Director of Photography                                         DERICK UNDERSCHULTZ, CSC

Production Designer                                               TIM BIDER

         Editor                                                                      NEIL MANDELBERG, ACE

         Music by                                                                 CHRIS BACON                                     

           Based on the novel Sworn to Silence by Linda Castillo


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