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Eyewitness (1981)

Eccentric Vietnam War vet turned janitor claims to have witnessed a murder of a man tied to international political underground in order to get the attention of a TV reporter he has a huge crush on. The cops suspect his loser best friend.

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Daryll Deever
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Tony Sokolow
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Joseph
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Aldo Mercer
Irene Worth ...
Mrs. Sokolow
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Mr. Deever
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Linda Mercer
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Mr. Sokolow
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Lieutenant Jacobs
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Lieutenant Black
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Mrs. Eunice Deever
Sharon Chatten ...
Israeli Woman (as Sharon Goldman)
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Mr. Long, International Trading Ltd. / Murder Victim
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Mr. Long's Son
Dennis Sakamoto ...
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Manhattan janitor Daryll Deever is fixated on hard-charging TV commentator, Tony Sokolow; he tapes her commentary daily to watch after work. When a wealthy Vietnamese man, with many shady connections, is murdered in the office building where Daryll works, Tony shows up to cover the story and Daryll introduce himself. She thinks he may know something, so she pursues him; he pretends he might to keep her interested. This romantic cat and mouse game goes on under the watchful eyes of the killers, who think that Daryll and Tony do know something. The killers start their own game of cat and mouse. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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13 February 1981 (USA)  »

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The Janitor Can't Dance  »

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William Hurt would go on to lead another film about television media called Broadcast News (1987). Both were produced by 20th Century Fox. See more »

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There is a security camera very obviously placed in the outer office outside of where the murder takes place, yet during the investigation no mention is made of it. However, perhaps (circa 1981) it's a closed-circuit, live feed only (no recordings made), and no one viewing the live security screens noticed anything unusual. See more »

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Lt. Jacobs: When he was a kid, Aldo must have wanted to be a suspect when he grew up.
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Not Much To See.
27 September 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

William Hurt plays a Manhattan Janitor named Daryl Deaver, who is obsessed with a local newswoman named Tony Sokolow(played by Sigourney Weaver). When a Vietnamese man with a shady past is murdered in Daryl's building, he takes full advantage of meeting his crush by insinuating that he knows more about the murder than he does. Tony goes along with him, flattered but unsure. When the true killers get wind of Daryl's story, they plan on eliminating him, and before they know it, their really is a conspiracy to report...

Good acting by its fine cast(which includes James Woods, Morgan Freeman, and Christopher Plummer) cannot save this contrived and unconvincing mystery, which just doesn't amount to much.


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