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?
Both Back to the Future
(1985) and Witness
(1985) were honored by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) in 2006 as one of the "101 Greatest Screenplays of All Time", #56 and #80 respectively. Despite being ranked higher on the list, 'Back to the Future' still lost Best Original Screenplay to 'Witness' at both the Writers Guild of America Awards and the Academy Awards in 1986. See more
When Samuel looks at the hand gun in the drawer, it is lying in two different positions, in the different camera angles. See more
[Book is in town with Eli. Eli and the other Amish are trying to avoid the tourists with cameras
Hi! We're just here for the day, would you mind...
Lady, you take my picture with that thing and I'm gonna rip your brassiere off... and strangle you with it! You got that?
[in disbelief, to no one in particular
Did you hear what that Amish just said to me?
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
Written by Paul Chiten
and Sue Sheridan See more