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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Albert Paulsen ...
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 ...
Vietnamese Man #1
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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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You're never more vulnerable than when you've seen too much. See more »

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13 February 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Janitor Can't Dance  »

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SEK 1,493,715 (Sweden)
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Trivia

The film inspired the later 2000 Bollywood comedy-thriller movie Hum To Mohabbat Karega (2000). See more »

Goofs

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: Whoever killed Long is a hero in my book.
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Spoofed in Hot Shots! (1991) See more »

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Very good, but not as good as it might have been
3 May 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

William Hurt plays a janitor who knows more than he's telling about a murder. Sigourney Weaver is the TV reporter he's long had a crush on, when she shows up at the murder scene for the story, he sees his knowledge as an opportunity to meet her.

William Hurt in the '80s was like John Cusack in the '90s (and to a lesser extent, today) -- not every movie he's in is good, but his very presence seems to add crackle and interest to the dialogue. He is particularly impressive in his scenes declaring his feelings for the reporter. Really impressive, actually, and the movie is totally worth watching for those scenes.

The sad thing about Eyewitness is that it sets up some very interesting musings on honesty, people using each other, and principals vs. feelings, and gives us some fairly interesting characters to play with those musings, and then trades in the whole package for a conventional, if well done, romance/mystery. Ah, well. 7/10


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