Eyewitness

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Overview

Fresh off the success of Breaking Away(1979), writer Steve Tesich and director Peter Yates re-team on a thriller starring a young William Hurt as a janitor infatuated with television reporter Sigourney Weaver. When she arrives at his building to interview the tenants about a murder that's occurred on the premises, the janitor, having discovered the body, implies that he knows more than he's saying in order to keep the newswoman interested. Although he reveals nothing more, she does become interested in him, and ...
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Overview

Fresh off the success of Breaking Away(1979), writer Steve Tesich and director Peter Yates re-team on a thriller starring a young William Hurt as a janitor infatuated with television reporter Sigourney Weaver. When she arrives at his building to interview the tenants about a murder that's occurred on the premises, the janitor, having discovered the body, implies that he knows more than he's saying in order to keep the newswoman interested. Although he reveals nothing more, she does become interested in him, and when her nefarious aristocratic boyfriend (Christopher Plummer) learns from the unwitting woman that there's someone with knowledge of the murder, he's more concerned about what Hurt might know than about her relationship with him. Meanwhile, his paranoid, loose cannon of a friend James Woods has managed to get himself incriminated, although he had no involvement in the case. Hurt and Weaver continue to investigate the murder together, and as they become more closely entwined, both of their lives are put in jeopardy.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Although Steve Tesich's script is somewhat less smoothly constructed than most Hollywood-tooled thrillers, his gift for characterization makes the film much more enjoyable than the typical genre fodder. Like many of his protagonists, Tesich's janitor is a resolutely unglamorous figure pining after a seemingly unattainable woman, and as in a fairytale, she finally discovers his inner beauty, although in this case, his looking like the young William Hurt may have something to do with it. Despite a plot which hangs on the slimmest of coincidences, and becomes more far-fetched with every new twist, Weaver and Hurt have a chemistry that carries one over the bumps. Tesich also gives the film a quirky spin through the characters of Woods' feckless con-man, his hard-working sisterPamela Reed, and Kenneth MacMillan as Hurt's blustering father. His characterization of the corrupt European aristocrats is less assured, and they remain as vague and unconvincing as the political machinations on which the plot hinges. Yet the film's final sequence contains a memorable scene featuring a herd of horses charging out of a New York armory. The film's astonishing cast also includes Christopher Plummer, Irene Worth, Morgan Freeman, and Steven Hill.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1998
  • UPC: 086162111631
  • Original Release: 1981
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Hurt Daryll Deever
Sigourney Weaver Tony Sokolow
Christopher Plummer Joseph
James Woods Aldo
Irene Worth Mrs. Sokolow
Morgan Freeman Lieutenant Black
Kenneth McMillan Mr. Deever
Pamela Reed Linda
Albert Paulsen Mr. Sokolow
Steven Hill Lieutenant Jacobs
Alice Drummond Mrs. Deever
Sharon Goldman Israeli Woman
Chao Li Chi Long
Howard Feuer
Jeremy Ritzer
Mischa Bogin Shlomo
Keone Young Mr. Long's Son
Henry Yuk Vietnamese
Bill Mazer Sports Announcer
Richard Dale Murphy News Crew
Jhoe Breedlove Woman
Mark Burns Man on TV
Technical Credits
Peter Yates Director, Producer
Nathan Boxer Sound/Sound Designer
Gary J. Brink Set Decoration/Design
Billy Burton Stunts
Howard Feuer Casting
Carl Fullerton Makeup
Matthew Leonetti Cinematographer
Tom Priestley Jr. Camera Operator
Jeremy Ritzer Casting
Philip Rosenberg Production Designer
Hilary M. Rosenfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Cynthia Scheider Editor
Stanley Silverman Score Composer
Edward Stewart Set Decoration/Design
Steve Tesich Screenwriter
Kenneth Utt Associate Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    eyewitness murder

    i thought that this movie was kinda like a old murder mystery and did not think that i was well made at all. i felt that when i read the desription of the movie, it was boring and i would not buy it.

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