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    • by dennismoore2

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      A screenwriter’s dream, this movie is often used as a model for budding screenwriters, to show them how a story should be structured. It is tightly structured in its three acts, and well played out.

      Lukas Haas is the witness, Samuel Lapp. He witnesses a murder. What makes him a unique witness is that he is an Amish boy, visiting New York City with his mother, Rachel (Kelly McGillis). Enter career cop, John Book

      (Harrison Ford), here to do his job and log another case of homocide. All is routine as he questions the boy and his mother about what the boy saw. It is not until, in a chilling moment onscreen, the boy points to a picture of a cop, one of Book’s own, that things start getting topsy-turvy. Book goes to tell his boss what the boy said. All well and good � until Book ...

      • is shot. The only reason he would be shot is if his boss ordered it, because of who the boy fingers as the killer. So ends the first act.

        The second act has Book hiding out with the witness and his family in Amish country, while he recuperates. Here, he learns peaceful ways, nonviolent ways, and falls in love with Rachel. But, for all his learning, it is his violent tendencies that get them

        found by the bad guys, leading to the act three showdown.

        Like I said, tightly structured, this film handles every layer of the story like professional craftsmen would a piece of marble or wood. The characters and settings are all carved and nicely fit together in a logical sense, telling the story of violence vs peace in a non-preachy way, while giving us a peek into an astonishing world we outsiders know nothing about.

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