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The Shunning (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 16 April 2011
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Beautiful Katie Lapp has always felt something missing in her simple Amish existence -- until a mysterious "Englisher" comes to Lancaster County looking for the baby girl she gave up for adoption 19 years ago.

Director:

Michael Landon Jr.

Writers:

Chris Easterly (teleplay), Beverly Lewis (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sherry Stringfield ... Laura Mayfield-Bennett
Sarah Maine Sarah Maine ... Jessica
Willie Stratford Willie Stratford ... Theodore (as Willie James Stratford Jr.)
Danielle Panabaker ... Katie Lapp
Jason Loughlin Jason Loughlin ... Benjamin Lapp
Sandra Elise Williams ... Rebecca Lapp (as Sandra W. Van Natta)
Bill Oberst Jr. ... Samuel Lapp
Wyatt Lanier ... Jacob Beiler (as Jackson Wyatt Lanier)
Burgess Jenkins ... Bishop John Beiler
Dalton Parrish Dalton Parrish ... Hickory John Beiler
David Topp ... Daniel Fisher
Richard Fullerton ... Ephram Yoder
Nancy Saunders ... Ella Mae Zook
Rachel St. Gelais ... Benjamin's Daughter
Jana Allen ... Amanda
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Beautiful Katie Lapp has always felt something missing in her simple Amish existence -- until a mysterious "Englisher" comes to Lancaster County looking for the baby girl she gave up for adoption 19 years ago.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 2011 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Based on the first novel in Beverly Lewis' "The Heritage of Lancaster County" trilogy. See more »

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Katie Lapp has buttons on her dress, which are not permitted under the rules of the Old Order Amish she grew up in. See more »

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Followed by The Confession (2013) See more »

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"You're better off not digging up old graves!"
13 May 2014 | by doug_park2001See all my reviews

Despite a few vague spots--Katie's fantasy bedroom (or at least I assume that's what it is) and her sudden trip to the city to buy "fancy," "English" clothing--THE SHUNNING entails a convincing and engaging story about crises of faith and other matters within the Old Amish Order. A made-for-TV movie with a Christian slant--though nothing that's just preachily in-yer-face--it is, of course, totally clean: No sex, serious violence, or even a single mild curse word. Still, this film is very much in the real world and gives an intriguing view of Amish life. Danielle Panabaker gives a memorable performance as Katie Lapp; ditto for those who play the various other Amish characters. Professionally done filming that provides some excellent scenery of the Pennsylvania Dutch countryside. The flashbacks to Katie with her childhood friend and would-be husband Daniel are quite arresting. THE SHUNNING is an interesting, moving, and poignant experience.

NOTE: I'm not religious in the formal, traditional sense, and I read and watch a lot of gritty, gross, nasty stuff. Yet, I still enjoyed THE SHUNNING, which hopefully says something about the quality of this film.


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