Witness R

A big city cop. A small country boy. They have nothing in common... but a murder.
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: September 12, 2017
  • Originally Released: 1985
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround - English, French
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
    • Subtitles - English, Spanish

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , , , , , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by , &
Composition by
Produced by
Director of Photography:

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1985 - Best Film Editing
Academy Awards 1985 - Best Original Screenplay: Earl W. Wallace, Pamela Wallace & William Kelley

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 38


User Ratings: 46,728
A moderately effective, highly affected thriller. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 14, 2013
Rating: 4/5 -- A lot of care and attention has gone into both the Oscar-winning screenplay and the beautiful cinematography, to create a powerful and romantic story. Full Review
Dec 4, 2007
What saves "Witness" is its cast, and Weir's artistry in orchestrating and modulating their performances. Full Review
Washington Post
Jan 4, 2018
USA Today
Jan 20, 1995
Witness warms up as the attraction builds between Ford, McGillis and Haas -- all performing excellently through this portion. Full Review
Jul 6, 2010
My favourite Peter Weir film, Witness is something special...Three years after Blade Runner, Harrison Ford is at his best, while Kelly McGillis in her second film role, exudes a Grace Kelly-like serenity. Full Review
Urban Cinefile
Nov 30, 2007
Showing shocking good sense, the Academy awarded Harrison Ford his only Oscar nomination for his performance as straight-laced city 'tec John Book...
Total Film
Apr 1, 2004

Product Description:

Australian Peter Weir's first Hollywood film tells the story of John Book (Harrison Ford), a Philadelphia cop whose life is altered while trying to help Rachel (Kelly McGillis), an Amish woman, and her son Samuel (Lukas Haas), who witnesses a murder in a Philadelphia train station bathroom. After discovering that the murder was committed by a member of his force, Book travels to Lancaster County with Rachel and Samuel and poses as a member of the Amish community to hide from his murderous police peers. While there, love blooms between Rachel and Book, and he finds himself drawn in by the honesty and simplicity of the old-world Amish lifestyle. Fine performances and beautiful cinematography are prevalent throughout.

Plot Synopsis:

A romantic thriller about a tough urban cop who falls in love with an Amish women while hiding out in Pennsylvania Dutch country. When Detective John Book discovers that the police department may be responsible for the brutal murder he is investigating, Book realizes that both his life and that of Samuel Lapp, the young Amish boy who witnessed the murder, are in danger. Laying low in Lancaster County with Samuel's family, Book finds himself increasingly drawn to the boy's mother, a lovely young widow named Rachel. Though Book grows to cherish the simple ways of the Amish, the gulf between Rachel's culture and his own remains a formidable barrier to their romance.


Production Notes:

  • Filmed entirely in Lancaster County and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and with the assistance of the Pennsylvania Film Bureau Department of Commerce.
  • The film is in memory of Tom Scott.
  • Lenses and Panaflex cameras by Panavision. Scoring at Record Plant Scoring; Titles and opticals by Pacific Title; sound rerecorded at Todd-AO.
  • The Amish advisor was John D. King and the Amish dialect consultant was Nora Dunfee. Police advisor was Captain Eugene Dooley of the Philadelphia Police Department.
  • Academy Award Nominations: 8, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor--Harrison Ford. Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing.

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Product Info

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  • UPC: 032429281258
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