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Director:
Writers:
William Kelley (story) and
Pamela Wallace (story) ...
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Release Date:
8 February 1985 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 28 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Great story, great filmmaking See more (157 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Harrison Ford ... John Book

Kelly McGillis ... Rachel

Josef Sommer ... Schaeffer

Lukas Haas ... Samuel

Jan Rubes ... Eli Lapp

Alexander Godunov ... Daniel Hochleitner

Danny Glover ... McFee

Brent Jennings ... Carter

Patti LuPone ... Elaine

Angus MacInnes ... Fergie
Frederick Rolf ... Stoltzfus

Viggo Mortensen ... Moses Hochleitner
John Garson ... Bishop Tchantz
Beverly May ... Mrs. Yoder
Ed Crowley ... Sheriff
Timothy Carhart ... Zenovich

Sylvia Kauders ... Tourist Lady
Marian Swan ... Mrs. Schaeffer
Maria Bradley ... Schaeffer's Daughter
Rozwill Young ... T-Bone
Paul S. Nuss ... Amish
Emily Mary Haas ... Amish
Fred Steinharter ... Amish
John D. King ... Amish
Paul Goss ... Amish
Annemarie Vallerio ... Amish
Bruce E. Camburn ... Amish
William Francis ... Town Man
Tom Kennedy ... Ticket Seller (as Tom W. Kennedy)
Ardyth Kaiser ... Couple in Garage
Thomas Quinn ... Couple in Garage
Eugene Dooley ... Detective
Victoria Scott D'Angelo ... Detective

Richard Chaves ... Detective
Tim Moyer ... Detective
Nino Del Buono ... Detective
James Frank Clark ... Detective (as James Clark)
Joseph Kelly ... Detective
Norman Carter ... Detective
Craig Clement ... Detective
Robert Earl Jones ... Custodian
Michael Levering ... Hoodlum
Cara Giallanza ... Hoodlum
Anthony Dean Rubes ... Hoodlum
Bernie Styles ... Counterman
Blossom Terry ... Mother in Station
Jennifer Mancuso ... Little Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nancy Kirk ... Crying Amish Woman at Funeral (uncredited)

LaVerne Shank ... Young Amish Man (uncredited)
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Directed by
Peter Weir 
 
Writing credits
William Kelley (story by) and
Pamela Wallace (story by) &
Earl W. Wallace (story by)

Earl W. Wallace (screenplay by) &
William Kelley (screenplay by)

Produced by
David Bombyk .... co-producer
Edward S. Feldman .... producer
Wendy Stites .... associate producer (as Wendy Weir)
 
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
John Seale (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Thom Noble 
 
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden (casting)
 
Production Design by
Stan Jolley 
 
Set Decoration by
John H. Anderson  (as John Anderson)
 
Makeup Department
Leland V. Crawford .... hair stylist
Marie Delrusso .... makeup artist
Michael Hancock .... makeup supervisor (as Michael A. Hancock)
Bette Iverson .... supervising hair stylist (as Bette L. Iverson)
Jay Cannistraci .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ted Swanson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pamela M. Eilerson .... second assistant director (as Pamela Eilerson)
David McGiffert .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Carlos Acosta .... props (as Carlos L. Acosta)
Frank L. Brown .... lead man
Craig Edgar .... set designer
David Goldman .... props (as David M. Goldman)
Robert Krume .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
Pamela Bentkowski .... foley editor
Alan Bromberg .... foley editor
Norval D. Crutcher .... sound effects editor (as Norval Crutcher)
Don Digirolamo .... re-recording mixer
Humberto Gatica .... recording mixer
Robert Glass .... re-recording mixer (as Bob Glass)
Cecelia Hall .... supervising sound effects editor
Frank Howard .... sound effects editor
Robert Knudson .... re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Alan L. Nineberg .... sound effects editor
Andrew Patterson .... sound effects editor
Bruce Richardson .... sound effects editor (as Paul Bruce Richardson)
Fred Stafford .... adr supervisor
Barry Thomas .... sound mixer (as Barry D. Thomas)
George Watters II .... supervising sound effects editor
Forest Williams .... boom man (as Forrest R. Williams)
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John R. Elliott .... special effects
Charles E. Dolan .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Gary Epper .... stunt coordinator
Gary Epper .... stunts
Anderson Martin .... stunts
Bob Minor .... stunts
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunt coordinator (as Glenn Wilder)
Vic Armstrong .... stunt double: Mr. Ford (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charlie Clifton .... cameraman: second unit (as Chuck Clifton)
Lawrence K. Freeman .... electrical best boy
Chaim Kantor .... second assistant cameraman
Robin P. Knight .... key grip (as Robin Knight)
Dan Lerner .... camera operator
Bruce MacCallum .... first assistant cameraman
Bernie Schwartz .... dolly grip
Gary Tandrow .... gaffer (as Gary B. Tandrow)
Josh Weiner .... stills
 
Casting Department
Elina deSantos .... location casting: Philadelphia
Tom Scott .... location casting: Lancaster
Ilene Starger .... casting associate
Gail Walton .... location casting: Philadelphia
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paula Cain .... costumer
Dallas D. Dornan .... costume supervisor
Shari Feldman .... costume supervisor
Michael W. Hoffman .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Michael Amundsen .... apprentice editor
Joan E. Chapman .... assistant editor
Bob Noland .... color timer
Jane Moran .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Michel Mention .... assistant: Maurice Jarre
Richard Stone .... supervising music editor: Segue Music
 
Transportation Department
Clifford D. Hill .... transportation
 
Other crew
Eugene Dooley .... police advisor: Philadelphia Police Dept. (as Capt. Eugene Dooley)
Nora Dunfee .... dialect consultant: Amish
Eyal Geva .... assistant: Mr. Weir
Cara Giallanza .... production assistant
John D. King .... advisor: Amish
Michael Klastorin .... publicist
Michael John Meehan .... location manager (as Michael Meehan)
Judith Pritchard .... secretary to Mr. Swanson (as Judy Pritchard)
Sandra Rabins .... production auditor
Diane Schneier .... production assistant
Gloria Slate .... assistant: Messrs. Feldman and Bombyk
Lynn Stewart .... production assistant
Ruth Tighe .... production assistant
Cynnie Troup .... script supervisor
Hope Williams .... script supervisor
T.J. Healy II .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Tom Scott .... in memory of
Dick Thornburgh .... the producers wish to express their appreciation for the assistance and cooperation of (as Governor Dick Thornburgh)
 
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Runtime:
112 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)

Did You Know?

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:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When Samuel is hiding from McPhee in the bathroom cubicle, he stands on the toilet seat, holding the two toilet walls. At first glance, it would seem that his fingers are on the top of the walls (and would therefore be easily seen by McPhee in the next cubicle), but closer examination shows that his fingers are actually beneath the top of the toilet wall as is the hat in his right hand.See more »
Quotes:
[Waking up John Book]
Eli Lapp:4:30. Time for milking.
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Soundtrack:
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32 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Great story, great filmmaking, 23 May 2001
Author: jmartinsson from Los Angeles, California

'Witness' is about a guy who is a total product of the big city - he's a tough cop, he relies on cars, phones, and guns - who hides at an Amish farm to prevent a boy (the witness) and himself from being found by the killers.

The film is less about Harrison Ford learning to live among the Amish as it is the Amish learning to live with Ford. He is a man who at first glance has no matching ideals. The film is fantastic on that level, especially thanks to Peter Weir's direction, who brilliantly shows Ford gradually becoming accepted by the Amish men.

There is very little dialogue among the characters, and Rachel (McGillis) talks even less, not because she doesn't have anything to say, but because Amish rules of life don't seem to allow her to. They are presented as a quiet people, so McGillis has the difficult task of making Rachel speak without dialogue, and she does it well, which carries over to Ford (he got an Oscar nomination, she didn't).

It's only at the climax of the film, when the action takes over that the film begins to weaken. The filmmakers seem to have some kind of answer to how the killer's storyline should be resolved, but it's not very good.

Despite the flaw, the film is excellent based on the performances of the cast, the editor who had to put all the dialogue-less scenes together (and later, won the Oscar for it), and Weir's masterful handling of the story.

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