Witness (1985)


witness“This gun of the hand is for the taking of human life. We believe it is wrong to take a life. That is only for God. Many times wars have come and people have said to us: you must fight, you must kill, it is the only way to preserve the good. But Samuel, there’s never only one way. Remember that.” – Eli Lapp

Number of Times Seen – Between 5 – 10 times (cable in the 80’s, video and 18 Feb 2015)

Brief Synopsis – After an Amish boy witnesses the murder of an undercover cop, a detective tries to keep him safe when the perpetrators want to kill the boy.

My Take on it – Harrison Ford had some great roles in the 70’s and 80’s and the role in this movie is the only one that he has (so far) led to an Oscar nomination for him.

I have always loved how the story here unfolds and recently read that the screenplay is taught in film school classes as the way to write a great story.

The suspense is built up extremely well and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

There are some great scenes showing the Amish way of life especially the barn raising scene which is visually amazing.

Bottom Line – Ford is great here. This (so far) has been the only time he has ever been nominated for an Oscar. The screenplay is amazing built up and is used in screenwriting courses as an example of a near perfect screenplay. Suspenseful movie keeps you on the edge of your seat. Some great scenes depicting the Amish way of life. Highly recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sylvester Stallone was an early choice for the role of John Book. When he turned down the role, he said it was one of the worst decisions of his career. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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