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A wonderfully entertaining thriller within an unusual setting, with Harrison Ford delivering a surprisingly emotive and sympathetic performance.



Total Count: 38


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In Peter Weir's thriller Witness, Samuel (Lukas Haas), a young Amish boy, witnesses a murder in the restroom of a Philadelphia bus station. Harrison Ford stars as John Book, the police detective investigating the murder. When Book discovers that the crime was part of a conspiracy involving several officials in his department, he flees Philadelphia to the Amish community where Samuel lives with his widowed mother, Rachel (Kelly McGillis). Slowly assimilating himself into the Amish community, Book eventually finds himself falling in love with Rachel in the midst of his investigation. Eventually, the corrupt police track Book down, and he is forced to confront them, while also trying to protect Rachel and Samuel. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

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  • Sep 21, 2018
    Even if it feels like the plot drags for too long in an effort to build a bucolic romance in its second act, this is a engaging thriller that offers a very respectful look at a secluded community, with a suspenseful climax and Harrison Ford in one of his finest performances.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2016
    Ford is very good but the movie is riddled with problems. The romance, complete with that awful "breast exposure" scene, is so unconvincing that it renders the rest of the movie dramatically inert.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2014
    I am sure that it impressed when it was released, however today Witness feels very dated, slow, and a bit underwhelming. Nonetheless, one can appreciate the film for its unique storyline, even if the quality of the film doesn't do it justice. I was expecting more. Harrison Ford does impress, as he always does, but no real surprises here.
    Matthew Samuel M Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2014
    Harrison Ford hanging around with the Amish proves to be a very entertaining way to solve a murder.
    John B Super Reviewer

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