Skip to main content
Witness Movie Poster
Plot, Details & Awards

Witness

(1985)
R In Theaters 02/8/1985 , 112min.
Share this movie on

Plot & Details

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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay William Kelley Won
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Earl W. Wallace Won
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Score Maurice Jarre Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Stan Jolley Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Ed Feldman Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Harrison Ford Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Peter Weir Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Thom Noble Won
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction John Anderson Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography John Seale Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Pamela Wallace Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Harrison Ford Nominated
1985 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Nominated
1985 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Score Maurice Jarre Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Harrison Ford Nominated
1985 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Nominated
1985 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Score Maurice Jarre Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 Directors Guild of America Best Director Peter Weir Nominated

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Screenplay Pamela Wallace Won
1985 Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Screenplay William Kelley Won
1985 Edgar Allan Poe Awards Best Screenplay Earl W. Wallace Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

Stay Connected with Moviefone

My Settings

You are currently subscribed as: {email}


Subscriptions

Get the latest reviews, movie news, photos, and trailers sent straight to your inbox.

Weekly Newsletter

Daily alerts

Movies

You're not following any movies.

These are the movies you’re currently following.


    Update settings
    X