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Retro Review 1981: Eyewitness

17 February 2011 12:18 PM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

Eyewitness (Original Release Date: 13 February 1981)

Among the movies I’ve watched so far for the column, Eyewitness is the one most obviously of its era.  Where something like The Incredible Shrinking Woman might stake its claim to the early eighties based wholly on eccentricities, Eyewitness nabs an adjacent plot with an endearing effortlessness.  That couch you remember from your aunt’s trailer with the heavy wooden arm rests and the burlap-y plaid upholstery is there, as are the hard angles on cars, the idea of home video as a novelty, the pale-red-paint look of movie blood, and, perhaps most importantly, a nearness to the Vietnam War that makes coping with it seem more a given than some form of filmmaker fetishism.

The Vietnam War connection is rolled out bit by bit throughout Eyewitness’s first half, and I found myself wondering if audiences of the time would have been quicker »

- Thurston McQ

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