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Eyewitness (1981)

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Eccentric Vietnam War vet turned janitor claims to have witnessed a murder of a man tied to international political underground in order to get the attention of a TV reporter he has a huge crush on. The cops suspect his loser best friend.

Director:

Peter Yates

Writer:

Steve Tesich

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Daryll Deever
Sigourney Weaver ... Tony Sokolow
Christopher Plummer ... Joseph
James Woods ... Aldo
Irene Worth ... Mrs. Sokolow
Kenneth McMillan ... Mr. Deever
Pamela Reed ... Linda Mercer
Albert Paulsen ... Mr. Sokolow
Steven Hill ... Lt. Jacobs
Morgan Freeman ... Lt. Black
Alice Drummond ... Mrs. Deever
Sharon Chatten Sharon Chatten ... Israeli Woman (as Sharon Goldman)
Chao Li Chi ... Mr. Long
Keone Young ... Mr. Long's Son
Dennis Sakamoto Dennis Sakamoto ... Vietnamese Man #1
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Storyline

Manhattan janitor Daryll Deever is fixated on hard-charging TV commentator, Tony Sokolow; he tapes her commentary daily to watch after work. When a wealthy Vietnamese man, with many shady connections, is murdered in the office building where Daryll works, Tony shows up to cover the story and Daryll introduce himself. She thinks he may know something, so she pursues him; he pretends he might to keep her interested. This romantic cat and mouse game goes on under the watchful eyes of the killers, who think that Daryll and Tony do know something. The killers start their own game of cat and mouse. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

You're never more vulnerable than when you've seen too much. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Janitor Can't Dance See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,400,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,400,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A novelization of the film was authored by John Minahan, and published as a book tie-in with the movie in 1981. The novel's dust-jacket cover featured a surreal photo of the likeness of a bespectacled William Hurt against a black background, with his right eye bleeding a large tear of blood. The blurb read: "A Mystery by John Minahan. Based on a screenplay written by Steve Tesich. Now a major movie thriller from 20th Century Fox". See more »

Goofs

When Daryll tightens two wires around the heap of paper trash, the wires are parallel. In the next scene, the wires cross in an X shape. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Jacobs: When he was a kid, Aldo must have wanted to be a suspect when he grew up.
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Alternate Versions

Runs 93 minutes long on Capacitance Electronic Disc (CED), also commonly known RCA Selectavision Videodisc. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Hot Shots! (1991) See more »

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slow but effective
15 January 2001 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

This movie is great fun to see William Hurt, James Woods and Sigourney Weaver at the beginnings of their careers and when they were experiencing a good deal of success. The rest of the cast is top-notch. The story is very interesting and effective, though I found the film a bit uneven and slow.


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