Click here to go to our home page!
 70s
 80s
 90s
BC 
Google
WWW  Super70s Awesome80s
FORUMS | Culture | Movies | Music | News | Sports | Sci/Tech | Timeline | TV


Looking for Movies?
DVD
VHS
Search by keywords:
In Association with Amazon.com
 

Witness Academy Award Winner! Academy Award Winner! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! 

By James McGrath

When Samuel (Lukas Haas), a young Amish boy traveling with his mother Rachel (Kelly McGillis), witnesses the murder of a police officer in a public restroom, he and his mother become the temporary wards of John Book (Harrison Ford), a detective who's been assigned to solve the crime. After suspect lineups and mug-shot books yield nothing, Samuel, in the most memorable scene of the film, recognizes the murderer as a narcotics agent whose picture he sees in the precinct. Once Book realizes that the police chief is in on it, too, he whisks Samuel and Rachel back home to Amish country, where he himself goes into hiding as a plain Amish man. The juxtaposition between the life of the Amish and the violence of inner-city police corruption work surprisingly well for the story, and Kelly McGillis as the falling in love widow gives an almost perfect performance. Directed by Peter Weir, the film is extremely successful in drawing the viewer into its world and, accordingly, is immensely entertaining. The only thing that mars its polish is the one-dimensional, almost cartoonish handling of the upper-echelon police corruption--a subtler, more realistic treatment of this aspect of the story would have rendered the film near perfect.

Academy Awards

Witness received Academy Awards for Writing (Best Screenplay written directly for the screen: Earl W. Wallace, William Kelley, Pamela Wallace) and Film Editing (Thom Noble). Witness also received Academy Awards nominations for Best Picture (Edward S. Feldman - Producer), Actor (Harrison Ford), Directing (Peter Weir), Art Direction/Set Decoration (: Stan Jolley - Art Direction, John Anderson - Set Decoration), Cinematography (John Seale) and Music Scoring Awards (Best Original Score: Maurice Jarre).

 

Share Your Memories!

Is Witness one of your favorite movies? What do you remember about it? Share your stories (or your reviews) with the world! (We print the best stories right here!)



 

FILM FACTS

Buy this VHS movie from Amazon.com! (Click here!)Buy this DVD from Amazon.com! (Click here!)Buy this soundtrack from Amazon.com! (Click here!)Rated RNot on an American Film Institute 100 list

Director: Peter Weir

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

Released: February 8, 1985

Availability: DVD VHS CD


Witness memorabilia!
Harrison Ford memorabilia!
Kelly McGillis memorabilia!
Witness videos and DVDs!

Register for free today and start buying & selling with millions each week!
   
FORUMS | Culture | Movies | Music | News | Sports | Sci/Tech | Timeline | TV

Visit our sponsors!
Why?


Copyright 1994-2017, Awesome80s.com. All Rights Reserved.
Use of this site is subject to our Terms of Service.
Privacy Statement
Review copyright Amazon.com and used by permission.