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 -  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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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$65,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The Amish were critical of the film. They felt their portrayal was not accurate. The National Committee For Amish Religious Freedom called for a boycott on the movie, citing fears that these communities were "overrun by tourists" because of the popularity of the film. They worried that "the crowding, souvenir-hunting, photography and trespassing on Amish properties would increase as a result." When the film was finished, the governor of Pennsylvania promised not to promote the Amish film communities as future film sites. See more »

Goofs

When Carter pulls the police files on Samuel and his mother, he finds a folder marked "Rachel Lapp" and removes it. He then flicks past a few more files and finds the one marked "Samuel Lapp". Although this might be correct if they were in alphabetical order by the entire name, the files would be more likely to have been held in order of surname, then first name, so the files would probably have been held consecutively. See more »

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John Book: If we'd made love last night I'd have to stay. Or you'd have to leave.
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For Tom Scott. Scott was a member of the casting department on Witness. See more »

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Referenced in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) See more »

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PARTY DOWN
Written by Alan Brackett and Scott Shelly
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As good as film-making gets
9 May 1999 | by (Windermere, Fla.) – See all my reviews

I've seen hundreds, maybe thousands, of films, and when asked which is my favorite my decision keeps coming back to "Witness," Australian director Peter Weir's masterpiece. Fabulously acted, beautifully photographed . . . it's just perfect. Outside of the well-known stars (Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Danny Glover) look for brilliant work from Josef Sommers and an amazingly understated performance by the late Alexander Godunov.


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