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Witness (1985)

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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An 8 year old Amish boy and his mother are traveling to Philadelphia, on their way to visit the mother's sister. While waiting at the train station, the young boy witnesses a brutal murder inside one of the bathroom stall. Police detective John Book is assigned to investigate the murder of the man, who was a undercover cop. Soon after, Book finds out that he's in great danger when the culprits know about his investigation and hides out in the Amish community. There, he learns the way of living among the Amish locals, which consists of non-violence and agriculture. Book soon starts a romance with the mother of the little boy, but their romance is forbidden by the Amish standards. But, it's not long before the bad guys find out Book's whereabouts. Written by blazesnakes9

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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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Harrison Ford starred with Robert Earl Jones' (The Custodian) son, James Earl Jones, in the Star Wars trilogy (1977 - 1983). They share one scene in this film - whilst Han Solo and Darth Vader share only two scenes in the entire Star Wars trilogy (both scenes in cloud city at the end of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)). See more »

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When Samuel looks at the hand gun in the drawer, it is lying in two different positions, in the different camera angles. See more »

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Rachel Lapp: We're all very happy that you're going to live, John Book. We didn't know what we would do with you if you'd died.
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As good as film-making gets
9 May 1999 | by (Orlando) – 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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