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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 »


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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A novelization of the film was authored by John Minahan, and published as a book tie-in with the movie in 1981. The novel's dust-jacket cover featured a surreal photo of the likeness of a bespectacled William Hurt against a black background, with his right eye bleeding a large tear of blood. The blurb read: "A Mystery by John Minahan. Based on a screenplay written by Steve Tesich. Now a major movie thriller from 20th Century Fox". 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 »

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Lt. Jacobs: Whoever killed Long is a hero in my book.
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Not Much To See.
27 September 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

William Hurt plays a Manhattan Janitor named Daryl Deaver, who is obsessed with a local newswoman named Tony Sokolow(played by Sigourney Weaver). When a Vietnamese man with a shady past is murdered in Daryl's building, he takes full advantage of meeting his crush by insinuating that he knows more about the murder than he does. Tony goes along with him, flattered but unsure. When the true killers get wind of Daryl's story, they plan on eliminating him, and before they know it, their really is a conspiracy to report...

Good acting by its fine cast(which includes James Woods, Morgan Freeman, and Christopher Plummer) cannot save this contrived and unconvincing mystery, which just doesn't amount to much.


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