Witness (1985) Poster



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Version of 

Mea culpa (2014)

Remade as 

Paap (2003)
Unofficial copy


Vampyr (1932)
In both movies, a man is suffocated by grain.
High Noon (1952)
The climax at the final scene was inspired in part by High Noon (1952), in which an outnumbered man takes out his foes one by one, using his wits and ingenuity.

Referenced in 

Remington Steele: Corn Fed Steele (1985) (TV Episode)
Steele provides production information for this movie.
A Passage thru Pamela (1985)
Title seen on theater marquee.
The Beachcombers: A Slice of Red Herring (1986) (TV Episode)
Sara is planning on seeing the movie.
Foxtrap (1986)
The movie poster can be seen together with Death Wish 3 by the entrace to the hotel.
Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)
Standee is shown in a video store.
Video Violence (1987) (Video)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Demon Queen (1987) (Video)
Poster is shown in a video store.
Remote Control (1988)
Standee is shown in a video store.
The New Adventures of the Black Stallion: Trapped (1990) (TV Episode)
The scene of the boys trapped in the corn-silo
The Golden Girls: Witness (1991) (TV Episode)
Title reference, both feature characters in the witness protection program, and the Amish.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Castle of Fu Manchu (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom: "It's 'Witness' all of a sudden."
Spatz: Witness (1992) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom: "It's just like 'Witness.'"
At the Movies: A Stranger Among Us/Man Trouble/Honey, I Blew Up the Kid/Cool World/The Hours and Times (1992) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "A Stranger Among Us" review.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Tormented (1992) (TV Episode)
Joel: "Jim Henson's 'Witness' Babies"
Harry and the Hendersons: Witness (1993) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Animaniacs: Draculee, Draculaa/Phranken-Runt (1993) (TV Episode)
Yakko: I'll handle him. I saw Witness twice.
Friends: The One Where Monica Gets a Roommate (1994) (TV Episode)
Paul likens sex with Monica to "the barn-raising scene in Witness".
The Simpsons: Itchy & Scratchy Land (1994) (TV Episode)
Homer putting ice creams on Amish people just like what happened to Alex Godunov in the movie
Roseanne: My Name Is Bev (1995) (TV Episode)
Beverly realizes that she really is an alcoholic after her first AA meeting, and Roseanne asks her if this is going to be like the time she saw "Witness" and thought she was Amish.
Due South: The Witness (1995) (TV Episode)
Title reference and plot similarities
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Laserblast (1996) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Tom during the closing credits of "Laserblast."
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: When She Was Bad (1997) (TV Episode)
During his film quote game with Willow, Xander says, "You're Amish! You can't fight back...'cause you're Amish! I mock you with my ice cream cone, Amish guy!"
At the Movies: Out of Sight/Smoke Signals/Doctor Dolittle/Picnic at Hanging Rock/Insomnia (1998) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Picnic at Hanging Rock" review.
Sliders: Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? (1998) (TV Episode)
Quinn says, "Great. We're gonna get beat up by the cast of 'Witness'".
The Nanny: Yetta's Letters (1999) (TV Episode)
A script comes across Maxwell's desk for a musical version of the movie.
Witness: A Conversation with Director Peter Weir (1999) (Video)
Short interview documentary about the making of this motion picture.
The X-Files: Hollywood A.D. (2000) (TV Episode)
Referenced in dialogue.
The Amish: A People of Preservation (2000) (TV Movie)
Mentions the filming of the movie and its impact on the Amish community.
3rd Rock from the Sun: Mary Loves Scoochie: Part 1 (2001) (TV Episode)
Tourists taunt Amish Harry by wiping ice cream on his face.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Royal yells "I know you, asshole!" at Eli; this is a direct quote from 'Witness', in the film it is also yelled at Danny Glover, who is similarly featured in 'Tenenbaums'.
Just Shoot Me!: Blush Gets Some Therapy (2002) (TV Episode)
Dr. Drake mentions working on this film.
According to Jim: When You Wish to Be a Star: Part 1 (2004) (TV Episode)
Kitson describes the type of actress she needs for the Disney role as "a cross between Wonder Woman and Kelly McGillis in Witness".
Danger Zone: The Making of 'Top Gun' (2004) (Video)
Mentioned once.
Robot Chicken: Plastic Buffet (2005) (TV Episode)
clip of Harrison Ford beating someone up in Amish community
Between Two Worlds: The Making of 'Witness' (2005) (Video)
Making of behind the scenes documentary abouth this film.
Numb3rs: Calculated Risk (2005) (TV Episode)
Young boy witnesses murder; is key to solving it.
Hollywood Greats: Harrison Ford (2006) (TV Episode)
Harrison Ford talks about this film
Outrageous Fortune: This Two-Fold Force (2006) (TV Episode)
Loretta says having to live on her aunt's farm would be like 'Witness' withouth Harrison Ford to rescue her.
The Ten (2007)
title on videotape
Sex Drive (2008)
(said to Amish) "'Witness' sucks!"
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates My Man (2008) (TV Episode)
Julius buys Tonya a Danny Glover "Witness" play set
Terminator Salvation (2009)
Director McG referenced the famous nude scene for the nude moment (this scene is only in the Terminator: Salvation directors cut).
The Commune (2009)
Jenny and Puck dancing at the river visually references the barn scene.
Modern Family: Unplugged (2010) (TV Episode)
"Raising barns, witnessing murders"
Psych: Dual Spires (2010) (TV Episode)
Shawn: I was wrong - this isn't "Witness" it's "The Village".
Hot in Cleveland: Where's Elka? (2011) (TV Episode)
It is said that Melanie and Joy act out the movie "Witness" in the Amish bar
The Nostalgia Chick: Sister Act (2012) (TV Episode)
film is mentioned
General Hospital: Episode #1.12712 (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Felix
Banshee: Pilot (2013) (TV Episode)
Lotus references the movie when the Amish are being beaten by some men.
Hard Time, the Making of Prison (2013) (Video)
Renny Harlin points out that Viggo Mortensen has a small role in this film.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.18 (2013) (TV Episode)
Jay mentions that Harrison Ford was in the film
The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films (2014)
Title mentioned during Golden Globes clip.
Honest Trailers: Top Gun (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by the narrator
Orange Is the New Black: Where My Dreidel At (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #6.14 (2015) (TV Episode)
Answer to a question
Somebody's Gotta Do It: Golden Knights (2015) (TV Episode)
Mike mentions the movie title and the barn raising scene
Bob's Burgers: Lice Things Are Lice (2016) (TV Episode)
Referenced in dialogue
The Cinema Snob: Crime of the Age (2016) (TV Episode)
"What Christian doesn't like the Harrison Ford movie Witness?"
Killing for Love (2016)
Cited in court testimony as playing in a theatre where two tickets were purchased for an alibi.
Stranger Things: Chapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple Street (2016) (TV Episode)
Eleven pointing out Will in a photo.
Arrow: Honor Thy Fathers (2017) (TV Episode)
Felicity says she thought Oliver and John were trying to re-enact a scene from this movie.
Bob's Burgers: Into the Mild (2017) (TV Episode)
"There's another witness." "The little Amish boy?"
GLOW: Pilot (2017) (TV Episode)
Ruth mentions the film during her conversation with Debbie in the locker room.
Don't Panic (2017) (Short)
Referenced by Edgar when he says "Call me Harrison Ford because I am the Witness"
Honest Trailers: Blade Runner (2017) (TV Episode)
The narrator wonders if Harrison Ford will reboot this, too
Detectorists: Episode #3.6 (2017) (TV Episode)
Gazebo building scene is a homage to the Barn-building scene.
NCIS: Los Angeles: Choke Point (2019) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Marty Deeks.

Featured in 

The 58th Annual Academy Awards (1986) (TV Special)
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV Short)
Witness: A Conversation with Director Peter Weir (1999) (Video)
Shows film clips from this motion picture.
Child Stars: Their Story (2000) (TV Movie)
SexTV: Surrogate Partner Therapy/Devil's Playground/A Moment with... Martin Dillon (2003) (TV Episode)
Clip from film is used in this episode.
Between Two Worlds: The Making of 'Witness' (2005) (Video)
Shows film clips from this motion picture.
Hollywood Greats: Harrison Ford (2006) (TV Episode)
footage shown
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The Book of Eli/The Spy Next Door/Fish Tank (2010) (TV Episode)
Ellen's #5 Best Harrsion Ford Line
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.18 (2010) (TV Episode)
a clip is shown in a montage of Harrison Ford films
The Hour: Episode #7.78 (2011) (TV Episode)
Footage shown during Peter Weir's bio segment.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Harrison Ford Performances (2013) (TV Episode)
Det. Capt. John Book is #5.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Unconventional Movie Weapons (2014) (TV Episode)
The corn gets an honorable mention.
At the Movies: Songwriter/Nineteen Eighty-Four/Witness/Mrs. Soffel (TV Episode)
Clips are shown for the review. Two thumbs up.

Spoofed in 

Sledge Hammer!: Witless (1986) (TV Episode)
the title and plot are spoofs of the film
North (1994)
Kingpin (1996)
Family Guy: Boys Do Cry (2007) (TV Episode)
Scene with Stewie and Jesus recreated from the part where John Book watches Rachel Lapp bathing.
Cars 2 (2011)
Redline getting "stabbed" to death in the restroom while standing in front of the sink.
Kummeli V (2014)
One of Jouni's plans to rob the store is a spoof of this film.

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