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.
8 year old Samuel: sole witness to a murder. Three killers who'll stop at nothing to silence him. One honest cop who'll give his life to save him...
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Did You Know?
The only Best Picture Oscar nominee of the year to be also nominated for Original Screenplay. See more
When Book sends Samuel to Hochleitner's farm to escape Schaffer and his men, it is barely daylight and foggy. After the first gunshots are heard a short time later, Samuel appears in midday sunlight. See more
[John appears in Amish clothes before going to town with Eli, Rachel laughs, John approaches Rachel
My gun, I need my gun.
[Rachel gets the gun out of the cupboard, John turns to leave
The bullets? Not much good without 'em.
[Rachel takes an almost empty can of flour and pours the bullets and remaining flour into John's hand
[John blows the flour off his hand
How do I look, I mean, do I look... Amish?
You look plain.
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