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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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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$65,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Sylvester Stallone was an early choice for the role of John Book. When he turned down the role, he said it was one of the worst decisions of his career. See more »

Goofs

The Amish clothes are shown with buttons, men's shirts and coats. The Amish use straight pins in place of buttons, where Mennonite's use buttons on their clothes. See more »

Quotes

John Book: If we'd made love last night I'd have to stay. Or you'd have to leave.
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The closing shot of John Book, driving away in his car passing Daniel provides an initial backdrop for the end credits. See more »


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SHOCKING BEHAVIOR
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Written by Paul Chiten and Sue Sheridan
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not so flawed...
27 January 2002 | by (London) – See all my reviews

An earlier comment on the site suggests that the film is flawed because the Amish boy, coming from a secure, peaceful environment, would not be able to witness a scene of brutality without becoming utterly traumatised.

Far from being a flaw, I believe this is a key statement of the theme of the film - that the close, peaceful and loving upbringing he has enjoyed provide the boy with an emotional strength and resilience that allows him to recognise evil and reject it. Later that same environment will provide the embittered and emotionally scarred with a temporary oasis where he can in part recover from the loveless violence of his own life.

Contrast the failure of community in the vast and soulless terminal building, where the first scene is set, where every one is isolated by the indifference and aggression of their fellow travellers, with the co-operative endeavour of the justly famous barn raising scene, where even the outsider is welcomed and included in an act of joint creation.


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