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Thriller, Romance





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Peter Weir


Harrison Ford
Kelly McGillis
Lukas Haas
Danny Glover
Viggo Mortensen
Josef Sommer





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A young, Amish boy is witness to a crime in Philadelphia and in order to protect him before trail and officer is sent to go undercover to protect him. While adjusting to this new life, and feelings for the boy's mother, he has to be on the lookout of the killers who will stop at nothing to keep the boy silent. -- Chris Kavan

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Indyfreak 09/12/2018 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Beautifully shot and expertly directed by Peter Weir, Harrison Ford delivers one of his greatest performances of his career. Joined by Kelly McGillis as the winsome Amish widow who draws his eye and newcomer Lukas Hass as her son who sees a horrible crime by happenstance. This entails police officer John Book (Ford) to go undercover within the tightknit community to keep them safe before trial. A lesser filmmaker would have dialed up the sex and violence while belittling the Amish culture. Weir respects both them and the audience by refraining from such indulgences and instead crafts something that works as an engaging thriller and a sweet romance.

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Ian 09/16/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Just an plodding, boring movie about a child who witnesses a murder and the cultural differences between the child's family (Amish) and the detective on the case (not Amish). Nothing particularly noteworthy. I actually watched it in a class exploring cultural differences in society. It is a task to watch, not unlike doing homework.

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Yojimbo 10/28/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Enjoyable stranger in a strange land witness protection drama that threw a spotlight on the Amish communities of the mid west. Some nice characterization and proof that Ford can act.

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mitchellyoung 12/21/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This is a by-the-books thriller that is made more interesting by compelling portrayals by Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis in the love story that occupies much of the middle portion of the film. The action scenes are tense and understated, but the film succeeds in being more than just an average thriller.

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01/10/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

30 Years Old & Still Watchable

The real measure of a film should be how it stands the test of time. Of course you cannot apply this metric to a new or very recent film; but maybe another way to quantify this would be to judge how many times you would re-watch the film. It’s hard to believe ‘Witness’ is 30 years old, but it certainly still manages to evoke the same reactions and feelings as it did in 1985.
Rachel Lapp (played by Kelly McGillis) is a young Amish woman who has just lost her husband. After the funeral, she starts a journey with her son, Samuel (Lucas Haas), to visit a sister. At a train stop in Philadelphia, Samuel inadvertently witnesses the murder of a policeman. Harrison Ford appears as Detective John Book, who is assigned to the case. After Book is wounded by one of his own fellow detectives, he reali...

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12/24/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Great film, I would recommend it to anyone.

I've always been a fan of Harrison Ford's work, in Witness he plays John Book. Book is a good, honest Philadelphia cop who is forced to hide out on an Amish farm while pursuing some corrupt cops. In the midst of this culture clash, he finds himself increasingly attracted to young widow Rachel (Kelly McGillis) who's the mother of a juvenile murder witness (Lukas Haas).
This movie is a genuinely affecting combination of several themes - a cop movie, a forbidden romance, and an exploration of a very "plain" culture. It is serious and thoughtfully handled, and cast to perfection. Ford gives one of his very best performances, in fact. I really enjoyed the music score, too. The script isn't infallible, I did have some questions after watching some scenes. However, I still consider it to be re...

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