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Witness (1985)

 -  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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8 year old Samuel: sole witness to a murder. Three killers who'll stop at nothing to silence him. One honest cop who'll give his life to save him... See more »


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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$65,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The "evening serenade" scene in the barn, in which Book and Rachel dance, was actually filmed during the day in the heat of the summer. The barn was blacked out and sealed, and that's why both Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis perspire so much in that scene. The kerosene lantern they had added even more heat. See more »

Goofs

Rachel's cap strings when Rachel and John see each other for the last time. See more »

Quotes

Elaine: [Book has just dropped off Rachel and Samuel at Elaine's] How could you do this to me tonight?
John Book: It's important!
Elaine: [Elaine runs upstairs and gets Rachel and Samuel settled, then runs down to chastise John] I told you I had company!
John Book: Where's Jason and Billy?
Elaine: Upstairs asleep.
John Book: You got a man in the house and the kids are upstairs?
Elaine: That's none of your business! So, keep you holier-than-thou mouth shut! Anyway, they like Fred!
John Book: Oh, now we've got Fred!
Elaine: Who are these vagrants, anyway?
John Book: They're Amish!
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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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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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