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Amish Gracecomment (0)

August 26, 2010

By Matthew Stephens

Director Gregg Champion

“Amish Grace” is an inspirational and moving movie about compassion and forgiveness. It is based on the true story of the tragic shootings at the Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pa., in October 2006.

The movie focuses on how the survivors are coping with the loss of their loved ones six months after the tragedy. In all of the turmoil, the media come to the town and criticize its Amish leaders for forgiving the shooter and supporting his widow, Amy Roberts, portrayed by Tammy Blanchard.

The mother of one of the victims, Ida Graber, portrayed by Kimberly Williams-Paisley, also struggles with the notion of forgiveness and even considers leaving the only life she’s ever known. But she eventually re-embraces her faith. 

The cast is memorable and the story is simply unforgettable, but it could have been a better movie, overall, if a brief re-enactment of the shooting had been included.

While the movie premiered on Lifetime Movie Network in March, it will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Sept. 14.

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