An 8 year old Amish boy and his mother are traveling to Philadelphia, on their way to visit the mother's sister. While waiting at the train station, the young boy witnesses a brutal murder inside one of the bathroom stalls. Police detective John Book is assigned to investigate the murder of the man, who was a undercover cop. Soon after, Book finds out that he's in great danger when the culprits know about his investigation and hides out in the Amish community. There, he learns the way of living among the Amish locals, which consists of non-violence and agriculture. Book soon starts a romance with the mother of the little boy, but their romance is forbidden by the Amish standards. But, it's not long before the bad guys find out Book's whereabouts.
Harrison Ford is John Book - A big city cop who knows too much. His only evidence: a small boy who's seen too much...
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This is one of only two films from 1985 to receive the full rating of four stars in the British reference book "Halliwell's Film and Video Guide", which describes it as "one of those lucky movies which works out well on all counts and shows that there are still craftsmen lurking in Hollywood." See more
When Samuel is hiding from McPhee in the bathroom cubicle, he stands on the toilet seat, holding the two toilet walls. At first glance, it would seem that his fingers are on the top of the walls (and would therefore be easily seen by McPhee in the next cubicle), but closer examination shows that his fingers are actually beneath the top of the toilet wall as is the hat in his right hand. See more
[Book, having just dropped off Rachel and Samuel back at Lapp's farm, is driving away when he convulses and passes out from loss of blood from an untreated gunshot wound and crashes into a birdhouse. Rachel and Samuel run out to Book
My God! Why didn't you get to a hospital?
No, no hospital. Gunshot wound, they have to file a report. And if they file a report, they find me. And if they find me, they find the boy.
For Tom Scott. Scott was a member of the casting department on Witness. See more
In the VHS version, just after John Book is shot, we see a close-up of his gun and a voice-over from an earlier conversation Book had with the captain. We hear the words: "Who else knows about this? "Just you and me." In the DVD version, we see the close-up of the gun and then it segues to Book's sister waking up Rachel and her son Samuel, minus the voice-over. See more
Spoofed in Sledge Hammer!: Witless
Written by Paul Chiten
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