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Eyewitness (1981)

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Eccentric Vietnam War vet turned janitor claims to have witnessed a murder of a man tied to international political underground in order to get the attention of a TV reporter he has a huge crush on. The cops suspect his loser best friend.

Director:

Peter Yates

Writer:

Steve Tesich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Daryll Deever
Sigourney Weaver ... Tony Sokolow
Christopher Plummer ... Joseph
James Woods ... Aldo
Irene Worth ... Mrs. Sokolow
Kenneth McMillan ... Mr. Deever
Pamela Reed ... Linda Mercer
Albert Paulsen ... Mr. Sokolow
Steven Hill ... Lt. Jacobs
Morgan Freeman ... Lt. Black
Alice Drummond ... Mrs. Deever
Sharon Chatten Sharon Chatten ... Israeli Woman (as Sharon Goldman)
Chao Li Chi ... Mr. Long
Keone Young ... Mr. Long's Son
Dennis Sakamoto Dennis Sakamoto ... Vietnamese Man #1
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Storyline

Manhattan janitor Daryll Deever is fixated on hard-charging TV commentator, Tony Sokolow; he tapes her commentary daily to watch after work. When a wealthy Vietnamese man, with many shady connections, is murdered in the office building where Daryll works, Tony shows up to cover the story and Daryll introduce himself. She thinks he may know something, so she pursues him; he pretends he might to keep her interested. This romantic cat and mouse game goes on under the watchful eyes of the killers, who think that Daryll and Tony do know something. The killers start their own game of cat and mouse. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Only the best murder cases make the six o'clock news. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Janitor Can't Dance See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,400,000
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The film cast features three Oscar winners: William Hurt, Morgan Freeman, and Christopher Plummer, and two Oscar nominees: Sigourney Weaver and James Woods. See more »

Goofs

There is a security camera very obviously placed in the outer office outside of where the murder takes place, yet during the investigation no mention is made of it. However, perhaps (circa 1981) it's a closed-circuit, live feed only (no recordings made), and no one viewing the live security screens noticed anything unusual. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Jacobs: When he was a kid, Aldo must have wanted to be a suspect when he grew up.
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Spoofed in Hot Shots! (1991) See more »

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An unusual thriller
23 May 1999 | by Paul-250See all my reviews

William Hurt stars as the brooding janitor in this sub-Hitchcockian thriller directed by Peter Yates (Bullitt). No-one in the film is quite what they seem, and Hurt plays the role of ambivalent hero/anti hero intelligently. Sigourney Weaver shows what a fine actress she really is whilst Christopher Plummer adds gravitas to the proceedings. Like Benton's Still Of The Night the film is well-crafted and often intriguing. Definitely well worth watching.


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