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Witness (1985)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  8 February 1985 (USA)
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A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial.

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Samuel Lap is a young Amish boy who witnesses a murder in Philadelphia while traveling with his mother Rachel. A good cop named John Book must go with them into hiding when the killers come after them. All three retreat to Amish country and Book has to adjust to the new life style, and his feelings for the boy's mother. Of course the killers are still on their trail. Written by Greg Bole <bole@life.bio.sunysb.edu>

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Harrison Ford is John Book - A big city cop who knows too much. His only evidence: a small boy who's seen too much... See more »


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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$65,500,000 (USA)
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When producer Edward S. Feldman, who had a first-look development deal with 20th Century Fox, first received the script, it ran to 182 pages which is the equivalent of three hours screentime. Feldman was really enthusiastic about the screenplay even though he felt that there was too much concentration on the Amish and their traditions. He offered writers William Kelley and Earl W. Wallace $25,000 for a one-year option and a rewrite, plus an additional $250,000 if the film ever got made. Kelley and Wallace submitted their revised screenplay within six weeks, and Feldman promptly submitted it to Fox and its studio head, Joe Wizan. Who immediately rejected the script with the statement that Fox didn't do "rural movies". See more »

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When John Book is meeting the people whose barn they just raised, they inform him that they are just married. John's voice says "That's great" but his lips do not. See more »

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Witness This Film!
18 February 2003 | by (usa) – See all my reviews

Harrison Ford is one of those actors that often times just shows up and then there lies his character. This is the Harrison Ford school of acting. Not the case in "Witness". I won't begin to wonder what would have caused this change of pace, but it was quite a surprise to see. Peter Weir is a favorite director of mine, mainly for his life changing films (for the viewer and the characters alike), like "Picnic at Hanging Rock" and "Fearless" ... and I have sadly waited a very long time to get around to this one. Even 17 years after its initial release, it seems to still stand up with themes that truly speak. I expected some sort of a courtroom drama, but instead found a film that presents a dichotomy between old world and new world values and sensibilities and really asks whether change is always for the best. This is a profound and exciting thriller.


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