• Witness (1985)

Witness

Release Date: February 8th, 1985

DVD Release Date: June 29th, 1999

R |1 hr 52 min

Plot Summary

After witnessing a brutal murder, young Amish boy Samuel (Lukas Haas) and his mother Rachel (Kelly McGillis) seek protection from police officer John Book (Harrison Ford). When Book uncovers evidence of police corruption involving narcotics lieutenant James McFee (Danny Glover), Book must take Rachel and Samuel, and flee to the Amish countryside where Rachel grew up. There, immersed in Amish culture and tradition, Book and Rachel begin a cautious romance.

Cast: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Alexander Godunov, Josef Sommer, Lukas Haas, Jan Rubes, Danny Glover, Patti LuPone

Director: Peter Weir

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Police officer , Murder , Tense , Son , Escape , Mother , Temptation , Mystery , Police station , 1980s ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    Witness" is both exciting and thoughtful.... And just as important to moviegoers, Witness is a genuinely gripping thriller. [08 Feb 1985]

  • 100
    TV Guide Magazine

    Sure-footed thriller, beautifully photographed, with Ford's best performance thus far. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This is, first of all, an electrifying and poignant love story....And it is also one hell of a thriller. show more

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Awards

Nominated Directing
Winner Film Editing
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Cinematography
Winner Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Winner Score for a Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture