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Eyewitness (1981)




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Fresh off the success of Breaking Away (1979), writer Steve Tesich and director Peter Yates re-team on a thriller starring a young William Hurt as a janitor infatuated with television reporter Sigourney Weaver. When she arrives at his building to interview the tenants about a murder that's occurred on the premises, the janitor, having discovered the body, implies that he knows more than he's saying in order to keep the newswoman interested. Although he reveals nothing more, she does become interested in him, and when her nefarious aristocratic boyfriend (Christopher Plummer) learns from the unwitting woman that there's someone with knowledge of the murder, he's more concerned about what Hurt might know than about her relationship with him. Meanwhile, his paranoid, loose cannon of a friend James Woods has managed to get himself incriminated, although he had no involvement in the case. Hurt and Weaver continue to investigate the murder together, and as they become more closely entwined, both of their lives are put in jeopardy.more
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Steve Tesich
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 28, 2005
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


William Hurt
as Daryll Deever
Sigourney Weaver
as Tony Sokolow
James Woods
as Aldo Mercer
Irene Worth
as Mrs. Sokolow
Kenneth McMillan
as Mr. Deever
Albert Paulsen
as Mr. Sokolow
Sharon Goldman
as Israeli Woman
Steven Hill
as Lt. Jacobs
Morgan Freeman
as Lt. Black
Alice Drummond
as Mrs. Deever
Keone Young
as His Son
Dennis Sakamoto
as Vietnamese
Henry Yuk
as Vietnamese
Jo Davidson
as Man at Concert
Bill Mazer
as Sports Announcer
John Roland
as Anchorman
James Ray Weeks
as TV Producer
Milton Zane
as News Crew
Richard Murphy
as News Crew
Dow McKeever
as Video Tape Editor
Kimmy Wong
as Asian Child
Alex De Rosa
as Street Kid
Mark Burns
as Man on TV
Iris Whitney
as Woman on TV
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Critic Reviews for Eyewitness

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

The story gets more and more strained before it's resolved.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

An enjoyable entertainment whose box-office failure was thoroughly undeserved.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Every scene develops characters. And they're developed in such offbeat fidelity to the way people do behave that we get all the more involved in the mystery, just because, for once, we halfway believe it could really be happening.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A thoroughly delightful but far from plausible mystery melodrama that operates exclusively on high spirits and a no-nonsense intelligence that is never sidetracked by coherence.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Yates takes Tesich's basically wobbly story and makes much more out of it, driving the tale and the characters at a hectic pace and providing some truly unnerving moments.

Full Review… | September 11, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Eyewitness is a thoroughly engrossing thriller.

Full Review… | January 31, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Eyewitness

A great mystery thriller with great actors, I really liked it and I recommend it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Fairly good acting but it was a bit strange.

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


Good cast but lifeless.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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