When a young Amish woman and her son get caught up in the murder of an undercover narcotics agent, their savior turns out to be hardened Philadelphia detective John Book. Harrison Ford is sensational as Book, the cop who runs head-on into the non-violent world of a Pennsylvania Amish community. The end result is an action packed struggle of life and death, interwoven with a sensitive undercurrent of caring and forbidden love.
An interesting 75-minute documentary is the only new item on this DVD but even so one deleted sequence (which gave the impression in TV editions). Broken into five parts for no reason, the deftly produced program does a very good job of dissecting how the main players were involved, including director Peter Weir, cinematographer John Seale, and actors Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Lukas Haas, and Viggo Mortensen (whose first film role was once one of the most Amish extras). You certainly get the feeling that the various most memorable scenes were created extemporaneously onset by Weir and others, that may be the reason the Oscar-winning writers don’t seem to be on this documentary, or thanked Weir when they accepted their award. –Doug Thomas