|Starring:||Danny Glover, Harrison Ford, Jan Rubes, Lukas Haas, Alexander Godunov, Ed Crowley, Josef Sommer, Frederick Rolf, Angus MacInnes, Patti Lupone, William Francis, Viggo Mortensen, Brent Jennings, Timothy Carhart, Kelly McGillis|
|Genre:||Thriller - Action/Adventure|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||100 Eighties Greats|
|Run time:||1 hour 48 minutes|
|Rental release:||02 Oct 2000|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Czech|
|Subtitles:||Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Classic WeirBy Beacon97 (151 reviews) from Neath , 29 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Harrison Ford has done very few films actually worth watching. Peter Weir's Witness is definitely one of them however. Set amongst the backdrop of Amish life as Ford hides from dirty city cop colleagues, he and Kelly McGillis form an unsaid relationship. The clash of two worlds is a perfect arena to play out a difficult love story.
The plot involving McGillis' inocent son witnessing the murder of an undercover police officer does not threaten to override the characters, and ultimately the film does not compromise itself.
Interestingly Peter Weir went to the studio looking for anything with a green light to be shot, and this intersting love story was there waiting for him. Weir's attention to detail and his treatment of a story not overcrowded by characters or dialogue is a pleasure to watch again after 20 years.
After the chaos of recent years in filmic terms this simple piece is both cinematic and personal. Worth another look.
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not badBy cheesekake (1283 reviews) from uk , 30 Dec 2012didn't think this was one of Ford's best films, it was still good though, defo worthy of at least one watch
Still a great film!By dibby38 (19 reviews) from Huddersfield , 06 Sep 2012I have watched this film twice now, the first time when it was first released in the 80's (can't believe this film is 27 years old) I rented it again to see if it stands the test of time. I must say, it was as good as I remember. Definitely a classic. I had forgotten what a brilliant actor Harrison Ford is, as is Kelly McGuiness, making the story line completely believeable. The photography is beautiful too. Just wish the ending was different - but never mind.
pretty goodBy chasckd (542 reviews) from Telford , 10 Jan 2012unusual story a bit if a change to the normal not often the amish are highlighted in movies and this one does work
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Witness WitnessBy NICKJOJO (255 reviews) from Surrey , 12 May 2011Good film with a different slant on an old story. The film bogs down in the middle losing itself as it looks into the Amish way of life rather than the main plot. Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis were good with an early role for Danny Glover.
A classicBy Florine (43 reviews) from London , 12 Sep 2010
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[Highly rated reviewer]When attempting to compile a list of my favourite films, I always tend to forget this one, although I don't know why, because it's certainly up there with the best.
Probably Harrison Ford's best ever film, Witness begins with a young Amish boy and his widowed mother (a luminous Kelly McGillis) travelling to the big city for the first time, where the boy is the only witness to a drugs-related murder. When the bad guys find out the identity of the witness, the detective leading the case, John Book (Ford) is forced to flee with them back to their remote farming community - the Amish live a life of great simplicity and of strict Biblical principles, with very plain dress, no ornamentation and no technology - and hide out there while he recovers from a near-fatal gunshot wound. During his recovery, the attraction between himself and the young widow only grows stronger, yet it is clear that the social and moral conventions of their different societies mean that they cannot be together.
Although ostensibly a thriller (and the tension is certainly ratcheted up at various points such as when the baddies finally find them), this is really more a film about the clash between two different cultures: despite the attractions of a simpler life, he will ultimately be unable to conform to their stricter moral code and way of life, and if she breaks that code she will be permanently shunned by her family and whole community. With excellent directing, cinematography and acting - much of which is wordless, so relying merely on the actors' expressions - this is certainly a film worth watching, even though some may find the unhurried pace of the Amish scenes rather slow by today's standards.