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Witness [DVD] [] [Region 1]

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  • 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.

    Academy Awards Best Film Editing 1985
    Academy Awards Best Original Screenplay 1985 William Kelley Screenwriter
    Academy Awards Best Original Screenplay 1985 Earl W. Wallace SCREENWRITER
    Academy Awards Best Original Screenplay 1985 Pamela Wallace Screenwriter

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  • Credits
    Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Alexander Godunov, Lukas Haas, Timothy Carhart, Brent Jennings, Josef Sommer, Danny Glover, Patti LuPone, Angus MacInnes, Frederick Rolf, Viggo Mortensen, Ed Crowley
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[An] inspired film -- one of those quintessentially American movies in which story, theme and visual style coalesce; a film rich in both skill and suggestion..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...A gentle, affecting story of star-crossed lovers..."
    Variety

    "...[McGillis] is authoritative and quietly sensual..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Compelling..."
    USA Today

    "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

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