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1985 film directed by Peter Weir and starring Creator/HarrisonFord, who earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. Also starring Kelly [=McGillis=], Lukas Haas and Creator/DannyGlover.

Samuel Lapp is a young Amish boy journeying to Baltimore to visit an aunt with his mother, the recently widowed Rachel Lapp. Samuel is the witness when two men kill an undercover officer in a Philadelphia train station bathroom. Detective John Book takes the boy into custody to protect him when it turns out that the killers are crooked narcotics cops. After a shootout, Book is wounded and hides with the Lapps on their farm, and ends up developing a relationship with Rachel as he recovers, adapting to the Amish lifestyle and being tentatively accepted by the community. But their idyllic lifestyle is soon shattered once the villains figure out where they went and descend upon the unsuspecting Amish town with their guns.

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!!This film provides examples of:
* ActualPacifist: Naturally. Though in a very humanizing moment, that doesn't mean Daniel can't enjoy the sight of some jerks who were harrassing him getting their asses kicked.
* AnAesop: The film depicts violence as never being the answer and depicts it unpleasantly and having negative consequences. As satisfying as it may be to the viewer, Book angrily punching the {{Jerkass}} tourist who was bullying Daniel is what allows Schaeffer to track him down. At the opposite end, the movie, by this same logic, avoids having Book kill Schaeffer in favor of a nonviolent conclusion.
* {{Amish}}
* TheBadGuysAreCops: The reason Book has to hide among the Amish is because so many of his own fellow officers are corrupt drug dealers, including his superior, Schaeffer.
* BarnRaising: Probably the film's most famous scene.
* BigDamnHeroes: The Amish.
* BlondeGuysAreEvil: Fergie.
* ButNowIMustGo: Book, at the end.
* TheCastShowOff: Creator/HarrisonFord is a skilled carpenter in real life, and demonstrates carpentry skills several times in the film.
* ChekhovsGun: The grain silo.
* CoolOldGuy: Eli Lapp.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Daniel. Apart from a pointed question about when Book is going to leave, he doesn't create any problems re him and Rachel. Justified in that his patient courting is implied to win out in the end when Book leaves.
* TheDragon: [=McFee=].
* EvenEvilHasStandards: This is how the Amish win through nonviolence. They passively ''witness'' [=Schaeffer=] doing evil, meaning he'd have to slaughter every man, woman and child in the village to keep his secret. He realizes that he cannot bring himself to go that far and gives up.
* GenreSavvy: While Eli doesn't like violence, when he spots McFee and the other two corrupt cops, the first thing he does is call Book for help. He gets knocked out right after.
* GratuitousGerman: The Amish. Sometimes mangled to the point of being unintelligible, but possibly justified by the Amish being an isolated community that has very little (if any) contact to other German speakers and also speaks English most of the time.
** The German dialect used by the American Amish (so-called Pennsylvania German) is quite distinct from its European counterparts.
* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: When Book finds out that the perpetrator of a recent cop murder is a narcotics detective, and upon further investigation realizes said detective was involved in the theft of confiscated drugs, he goes to Police Chief Schaeffer and, upon telling everything he knows, is asked whether he has told anyone else. When Book says no, Schaeffer tells him to keep it quiet. Justified by the fact that Book trusts Schaeffer and, as a police corruption case, it would make sense to keep as few officers in the loop as possible.
* HeKnowsTooMuch
* HeroicBSOD: Book has a couple. Notably, this is the reason he finally hauls off and punches out the tourist picking on Daniel: he'd just learned his partner Carter had been killed and the tourist picked then of all times to push Book's buttons.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Book's reason for leaving. He knows Daniel will make a better husband for Rachel and father for Samuel.
* JerkAss: Those redneck tourists in town who harass the Amish.
* JustAFleshWound: Subverted. Book is badly hit and only barely survives getting shot in the stomach by [=McFee=].
* OneWordTitle
* PerfectPacifistPeople: The Amish. They still come to the rescue at the end, though, in their own way.
* PunchClockVillain: [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Schaeffer]] [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes has a family]] and doesn't seem as vicious as his two overzealous henchmen.
* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: Done twice. First by Schaeffer to Book when he has Rachel hostage, and later by the Amish to Schaeffer. Surprisingly it works, and Schaeffer is shamed into surrendering after realizing he can't actually kill Samuel.
* SearchingTheStalls / IndyHatRoll: The bathroom scene that sets up the plot.
* ScaryBlackMan: [=McFee=].
* SoMuchForStealth: Samuel makes a noise just about when the villains decide to leave the bathroom. An IndyHatRoll keeps him from being caught though.
* StarCrossedLovers: Rachel and Book. Their relationship is pretty much doomed from the get-go.
* WouldHurtAChild: Played with and subverted. Schaeffer initially seems hellbent on killing Samuel for witnessing the murder but he finds himself unable to actually do it when the time comes, and is shamed into giving up.
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