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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:
Regarding the accents... See more (159 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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
Dedicated to Tom Scott.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Rachel's cap strings when Rachel and John see each other for the last time.See more »
Quotes:
Eli Lapp:What you take into your hand, you take into your heart.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sex Drive (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
SHOCKING BEHAVIORSee more »

FAQ

What language do the Amish speak in this film?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
Is this movie based on a novel?
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49 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Regarding the accents..., 8 April 2005
Author: sslop from Sydney, Australia

I would like to clear up a couple of comments made by movieguy1021, who wrote:

"One thing I didn't understand is how come everyone seemed to use such strong accents yet they've been living in America for a long time."

Most Amish communities mainly speak Pennsylvania Dutch, which is a dialect of German, hence the accents in the film. Amish children learn English in school.

And:

"Also, although I may not be the end-all, be-all of Amish knowledge, it seems like for people so strict in their rules, they broke them easily. They didn't seem to object to riding in trains or cars, or even using technology."

The Amish accept some forms of modernisation as long as it is not deemed disruptive to their social structure. Some forms of primitive technology are accepted in their community, such as devices that assist with milking cows. Likewise they accept rides in cars, but members of the community cannot own them.

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