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When a young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder, policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial.

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John Book
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Rachel
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Schaeffer
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Samuel
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Eli Lapp
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Daniel Hochleitner
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McFee
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Carter
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Elaine
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Fergie
Frederick Rolf ...
Stoltzfus
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Moses Hochleitner
John Garson ...
Bishop Tchantz
Beverly May ...
Mrs. Yoder
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Sheriff
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Zenovich
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Tourist Lady
Marian Swan ...
Mrs. Schaeffer
Maria Bradley ...
Schaeffer's Daughter
Rozwill Young ...
T-Bone
Paul S. Nuss ...
Amish
Emily Tracy ...
Amish (as Emily Mary Haas)
Fred Steinharter ...
Amish
John D. King ...
Amish
Paul Goss ...
Amish
Annemarie Vallerio ...
Amish
Bruce E. Camburn ...
Amish
William Francis ...
Town Man
Tom Kennedy ...
Ticket Seller (as Tom W. Kennedy)
Ardyth Kaiser ...
Couple in Garage
Thomas Quinn ...
Couple in Garage
Eugene Dooley ...
Detective
Victoria Scott D'Angelo ...
Detective
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Detective
Tim Moyer ...
Detective
Nino Del Buono ...
Detective
James Frank Clark ...
Detective (as James Clark)
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Detective
Norman Carter ...
Detective
Craig Clement ...
Detective
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Custodian
Michael Levering ...
Hoodlum
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Hoodlum
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Hoodlum
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Counterman
Blossom Terry ...
Mother in Station
Jennifer Mancuso ...
Little Girl
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Perp #2 (uncredited)
Nancy Kirk ...
Crying Amish Woman at Funeral (uncredited)
LaVerne Shank ...
Young Amish Man (uncredited)

Directed by

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Peter Weir

Written by

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William Kelley ... (story by) and
Pamela Wallace ... (story by) &
Earl W. Wallace ... (story by)
 
Earl W. Wallace ... (screenplay by) &
William Kelley ... (screenplay by)

Produced by

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David Bombyk ... co-producer
Edward S. Feldman ... producer
Wendy Stites ... associate producer (as Wendy Weir)

Music by

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Maurice Jarre ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

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John Seale ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Thom Noble

Editorial Department

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Michael Amundsen ... apprentice editor
Joan E. Chapman ... assistant editor
Bob Noland ... color timer
Jane Moran ... first assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Dianne Crittenden ... (casting)

Production Design by

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Stan Jolley

Set Decoration by

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John H. Anderson ... (as John Anderson)

Makeup Department

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Leland V. Crawford ... hair stylist
Marie Delrusso ... makeup artist
Michael Hancock ... makeup supervisor (as Michael A. Hancock)
Bette Iverson ... supervising hair stylist (as Bette L. Iverson)
Jay Cannistraci ... additional makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Ted Swanson ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Pamela M. Eilerson ... second assistant director (as Pamela Eilerson)
David McGiffert ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Carlos Acosta ... props (as Carlos L. Acosta)
Frank L. Brown ... lead man
Craig Edgar ... set designer
David Goldman ... props (as David M. Goldman)
Robert Krume ... construction coordinator

Sound Department

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Pamela Bentkowski ... foley editor
Allan Bromberg ... foley editor (as Alan Bromberg)
Norval D. Crutcher ... sound effects editor (as Norval Crutcher)
Don Digirolamo ... re-recording mixer
Humberto Gatica ... recording mixer
Robert Glass ... re-recording mixer (as Bob Glass)
Cecelia Hall ... supervising sound effects editor
Frank Howard ... sound effects editor
Robert Knudson ... re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Alan L. Nineberg ... sound effects editor
Andrew Patterson ... sound effects editor
Bruce Richardson ... sound effects editor (as Paul Bruce Richardson)
Fred Stafford ... adr supervisor
Barry Thomas ... sound mixer (as Barry D. Thomas)
George Watters II ... supervising sound effects editor
Forest Williams ... boom man (as Forrest R. Williams)
Jeffrey Riekenberg ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Edward M. Steidele ... foley artist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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John R. Elliott ... special effects
Charles E. Dolan ... special effects supervisor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Gary Epper ... stunt coordinator / stunts
Anderson Martin ... stunts
Bob Minor ... stunts
Glenn R. Wilder ... stunt coordinator (as Glenn Wilder)
Vic Armstrong ... stunt double: Mr. Ford (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Charlie Clifton ... cameraman: second unit (as Chuck Clifton)
Lawrence K. Freeman ... electrical best boy
Chaim Kantor ... second assistant cameraman
Robin Alan Knight ... key grip (as Robin Knight)
Dan Lerner ... camera operator
Bruce MacCallum ... first assistant cameraman
Bernie Schwartz ... dolly grip
Gary Tandrow ... gaffer (as Gary B. Tandrow)
Josh Weiner ... stills

Casting Department

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Elina deSantos ... location casting: Philadelphia
Tom Scott ... location casting: Lancaster
Ilene Starger ... casting associate
Gail Walton ... location casting: Philadelphia

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Paula Cain ... costumer
Dallas D. Dornan ... costume supervisor
Shari Feldman ... costume supervisor
Michael W. Hoffman ... costumer

Location Management

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Michael John Meehan ... location manager (as Michael Meehan)

Music Department

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Michel Mention ... assistant: Maurice Jarre
Richard Stone ... supervising music editor: Segue Music
Michael Boddicker ... musician: synthesizer (uncredited)
Humberto Gatica ... recording mixer (uncredited)
Maurice Jarre ... conductor (uncredited)
Randy Kerber ... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Stewart Levin ... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Michel Mention ... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Christopher Page ... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Peter Manning Robinson ... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Clark Spangler ... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Nyle Steiner ... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Ian Underwood ... musician: keyboards (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Clifford D. Hill ... transportation

Other crew

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Eugene Dooley ... police advisor: Philadelphia Police Dept. (as Capt. Eugene Dooley)
Nora Dunfee ... dialect consultant: Amish
Eyal Geva ... assistant: Mr. Weir
Cara Giallanza ... production assistant
John D. King ... advisor: Amish
Michael Klastorin ... publicist
Judith Pritchard ... secretary to Mr. Swanson (as Judy Pritchard)
Sandra Rabins ... production auditor
Diane Schneier ... production assistant
Gloria Slate ... assistant: Messrs. Feldman and Bombyk
Lynn Stewart ... production assistant
Ruth Tighe ... production assistant
Cynnie Troup ... script supervisor
Hope Williams ... script supervisor
T.J. Healy II ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Tom Scott ... in memory of
Dick Thornburgh ... the producers wish to express their appreciation for the assistance and cooperation of (as Governor Dick Thornburgh)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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. Written by blazesnakes9

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Taglines Harrison Ford is John Book - A big city cop who knows too much. His only evidence: a small boy who's seen too much... See more »
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Also Known As
  • Called Home (United States)
  • Witness: Témoin sous surveillance (France)
  • Der einzige Zeuge (Germany)
  • Único testigo (Spain)
  • Ha-Ed (Israel, Hebrew title)
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Runtime
  • 112 min
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Box Office

Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $4,539,990, 10 Feb 1985

Did You Know?

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Trivia In preparation for her role, Kelly McGillis lived with an actual Amish widow and her seven children for a while before filming began to get the speech cadence down and to observe the daily life of an Amish widowed mother. See more »
Goofs John Book's Volkswagen hit the birdhouse and broke its windshield. Later the car is seen in the barn with an unbroken windshield. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 58th Annual Academy Awards (1986). See more »
Soundtracks (What a) Wonderful World See more »
Crazy Credits For Tom Scott. Scott was a member of the casting department on Witness. See more »
Quotes [Book is having trouble milking a cow]
Eli Lapp: You never had your hands on a teat before.
John Book: Not one this big.
[Long pause; then Eli Lapp roars with laughter]
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