|Based on||West Nickel Mines School shooting|
|Written by||Sylvie White and Teena Booth|
|Directed by||Gregg Champion|
|Theme music composer||Joseph Conlan|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Producer(s)||Larry A. Thompson|
|Running time||88 minutes|
|Original channel||Lifetime Movie Network|
|Original release||March 28, 2010|
Amish Grace is a television film that premiered on the Lifetime Movie Network on Palm Sunday, March 28, 2010. The movie is based on the 2006 Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, West Nickel Mines School shooting and the spirit of forgiveness the Amish community demonstrated in its aftermath.
The movie stars Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Tammy Blanchard, and Matt Letscher and is based on the book Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy, Jossey-Bass, 2007, ISBN 0-7879-9761-7, by Donald Kraybill, Steven Nolt, and David L. Weaver-Zercher. Amish Grace was executive-produced by Larry A. Thompson; written by Sylvie White and Teena Booth; and directed by Gregg Champion.
When a group of Amish schoolgirls are taken hostage and killed in their classroom, their parents and the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, stun the outside world by immediately forgiving the killer. Ida Graber (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), mother of one of the murdered children, has a tougher time than the others accepting the tragedy, but in her anguish and pain, she begins a personal journey of renewed faith, ultimately accepting the heart-wrenching tragedy of losing a child after learning that her murdered daughter, Mary Beth Graber, had promised to pray for the perpetrator before her death; reconnecting with her husband (Matt Letscher), family, and community; offering forgiveness to the killer; and even showing kindness and compassion to the killer’s widow (Tammy Blanchard) and children – all in the form of Amish Grace.
The film implies that Charles Roberts' motive was that when his daughter died the day she was born he decided to "get revenge on God" by taking his girls.
In memory of the victims of the West Nickel Mines School shooting
- Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Ida Graber, an Amish mother who loses her elder child in the shooting and learns forgiveness from the tragedy.
- Tammy Blanchard as Amy Roberts, the widow of Charlie Roberts whom Ida refuses to accept.
- Matt Letscher as Gideon Graber, the husband of Ida Graber and father of Mary Beth Graber.
- Fay Masterson as Jill Green, a television reporter whom Ida befriends with.
- Karley Scott Collins as Katie Graber, the younger daughter of Ida who escapes before the shooting.
- John Churchill as Charlie Roberts, the perpetrator of the school shooting who commits suicide after firing at the victims.
- Gary Graham as Henry Taskey.
- Darcy Rose Byrnes as Rebecca Knepp, a survived victim whom at the end reveals that Mary Beth Graber has forgiven Charlie Roberts.
- Eugene Byrd as Danny Roberts, one of Roberts's sons.
- Amy Sloan as Rachel Knepp, a survived victim and sister of Rebecca Knepp.
- Madison Davenport as Mary Beth Graber, the elder daughter of Ida who promises to pray for the perpetrator before she is killed.
- Willow Geer as Judith.
- Jim Metzler as County Sheriff.
- David Mazouz as Andy Roberts, a son of Charlie Roberts.
Amish Grace broke network records in multiple demographics, with more than 4 million viewers, becoming the highest-rated and most-watched original movie in Lifetime Movie Network’s history in Households (3.8/2,916,449 viewers), Total Viewers (2.0/4,020,496), Women 18+ (3.5/2,729,834), Women 25-54 (2.7/1,156,363), Adults 18+ (2.4/3,649,266) and Adults 25-54 (1.9/1,585,667).
The movie mostly received positive reviews; however, it received criticism because the authors of Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy, Jossey-Bass, 2007, ISBN 0-7879-9761-7, distanced themselves from the production out of respect to the Amish community. Others criticized the movie for blending facts with fiction.
- Nominated for the Humanitas Prize
- Winner of the MOVIEGUIDE Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring TV Program of 2010
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