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 stalls. 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.
Harrison Ford is John Book - A big city cop who knows too much. His only evidence: a small boy who's seen too much...
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Did You Know?
The theatrical trailer features a scene not used in the film. In it, Book tells Schaeffer that there was a witness while sitting in a police car. See more
Rachel's cap strings when Rachel and John see each other for
the last time. See more
[Book is having trouble milking a cow
You never had your hands on a teat before.
Not one this big.
[Long pause; then Eli Lapp roars with laughter
For Tom Scott. Scott was a member of the casting department on Witness. See more
In the VHS version, just after John Book is shot, we see a close-up of his gun and a voice-over from an earlier conversation Book had with the captain. We hear the words: "Who else knows about this? "Just you and me." In the DVD version, we see the close-up of the gun and then it segues to Book's sister waking up Rachel and her son Samuel, minus the voice-over. See more
(What a) Wonderful World
Written by Sam Cooke
, Herb Alpert
and Lou Adler
Performed by Greg Chapman
Courtesy of Abkco Music, Inc. See more