Witness

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In Peter Weir's thriller Witness, Samuel Lukas Haas, a young Amish boy, witnesses a murder in the restroom of a Philadelphia bus station. Harrison Ford stars as John Book, the police detective investigating the murder. When Book discovers that the crime was part of a conspiracy involving several officials in his department, he flees Philadelphia to the Amish community where Samuel lives with his widowed mother, Rachel Kelly McGillis. Slowly assimilating himself into the Amish community, Book eventually finds ...
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In Peter Weir's thriller Witness, Samuel Lukas Haas, a young Amish boy, witnesses a murder in the restroom of a Philadelphia bus station. Harrison Ford stars as John Book, the police detective investigating the murder. When Book discovers that the crime was part of a conspiracy involving several officials in his department, he flees Philadelphia to the Amish community where Samuel lives with his widowed mother, Rachel Kelly McGillis. Slowly assimilating himself into the Amish community, Book eventually finds himself falling in love with Rachel in the midst of his investigation. Eventually, the corrupt police track Book down, and he is forced to confront them, while also trying to protect Rachel and Samuel.
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With a compelling story, excellent performances, and assured direction, Witness remains one of the most successful examples of the romantic thriller. Director Peter Weir's first film set in America, it gripped audiences and critics alike with its beautiful austerity and a quiet force as restrained as the romance between its two central characters. One of the only feature films ever to focus on Amish culture, it does so without condescension, displaying the respectful curiosity of a thoughtful tourist. The film is also remarkable for Harrison Ford's lead performance as a hard-boiled Philadelphia cop; previously pegged as a one-dimensional action star, Ford finally demonstrated the range of his quiet talent. His Best Actor Oscar nomination established him as a more "serious" actor and helped him to branch out into films that didn't take place in outer space or feature bullwhips as a plot device.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/1992
  • UPC: 097360173635
  • Original Release: 1985
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harrison Ford John Book
Kelly McGillis Rachel
Josef Sommer Paul Schaeffer
Lukas Haas Samuel
Jan Rubes Eli Lapp
Alexander Godunov Daniel Hochleitner
Danny Glover McFee
Brent Jennings Carter
Patti LuPone Elaine
Maria Bradley Schaeffer's Daughter
Nino del Buono Detective
Bruce E. Camburn Amish
Timothy Carhart Zenovich
Norman Carter Detective
Richard Chaves Detective
James Clark Detective
Craig Clement Detective
Dianne Crittenden
Ed Crowley Sheriff
Victoria Scott D'Angelo Detective
Eugene Dooley Detective
William Francis Town Man
John Garson Bishop Tchantz
Cara Giallanza Hoodlum
Paul Goss Amish
Michael Gwynne
Emily Mary Haas Amish
Robert Earl Jones Custodian
Ardyth Kaiser Couple in Garage
Sylvia Kauders Tourist Lady
Joseph Kelly Detective
Tom Kennedy Ticket Seller
John D. King Amish
Michael Levering Hoodlum
Angus MacInnes Fergie
Jennifer Mancuso Little Girl
Beverly W. May Mrs. Yoder
Viggo Mortensen Moses Hochleitner
Tim Moyer Detective
Paul S. Nuss Amish
Thomas Quinn Couple in Garage
Frederick Rolf Stolzfus
Anthony Dean Rubes Hoodlum
Fred Steinharter Amish
Bernie Styles Counterman
Marian Swan Mrs. Schaeffer
Blossom Terry Mother in Station
Annemarie Vallerio Amish
Rozwill Young T-Bone
Technical Credits
Peter Weir Director
John Anderson Set Decoration/Design
David Bombyk Co-producer
Dianne Crittenden Casting
Dallas Dornan Costumes/Costume Designer
John R. Elliott Special Effects
Gary Epper Stunts
Ed Feldman Producer
Shari Feldman Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Hancock Makeup
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Stan Jolley Production Designer
William Kelley Original Story, Screenwriter
Thom Noble Editor
John Seale Cinematographer
Ted Adams Swanson Production Manager
Earl W. Wallace Original Story, Screenwriter
Pamela Wallace Original Story, Screenwriter
Wendy Weir Associate Producer
Glenn Wilder Stunts
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  • Posted September 9, 2011

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    Good

    Good acting especially by Harrison Ford and Lukas Haas, like the cinematography and of course the soundtrack was really good. The music reminded me a little bit of Blade Runner for some reason, which is also another really good soundtrack.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amish living

    having lived near where this film took place, i must credit the director, actors & writers with getting it right. the Amish are a wonderful people
    and were very accurately portrayed, including the local accent.
    of course Harrison Ford was superb, as usual. the plot was believable
    and kept you wondering throughout the movie, how will it end.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great action and suspense

    Great film that holds your interest through the entire movie. Interesting blend of the Amish culture with the suspense and murder. Harrison Ford is great! Very well done, highly recommend this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Viggo's earliest

    I agree with the other reviews here, adding that this remains one of my all-time favorite movies, and I see a lot of movies! It is haunting and mesmerizing and gorgeously filmed. It is also one of Viggo Mortensen's first films. Can you spot him?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Well done

    This was a very well acted and directed film. Danny Glover is great in a rare villain role and harrison Ford gives one of the more nuanced performances of his great career. I was perhaps most impressed with the perfomance of Lucas Haas as the title character. He brought a lot of depth to a character considering he has few lines. I appreciate that Ford and Mcgillis cannot be together in the end. It seems more realistic, allowing for a healthy respect of people from two very different societies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good (but dated) good guy vs bad guy flick

    I saw Witness in the movies way back and loved it then. I bought the tape and recently bought the DVD. Harrison Ford plays a Chicago cop who accidentially becomes involved with an Amish family due to the amish boy witnessing a murder. Kelly McGinnis is awesome. The outcome of the movie is of course the good guy wins, but I was always very disappointed that Ford and McGinnis characters didn't take a chance with each other. Yes I know, so chickish, but Im a chick!! Can (and have) watched this movie many many times.

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