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Witness (DVD)

After an Amish boy witnesses police corruption in a Philadelphia train station, a hardened cop takes him and his widowed mother back to their quiet Am...

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Review of "Witness (DVD)"

published 24/06/2005 | harj123
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Pro atmospheric,intillegent,terrific Harrison Ford performance
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"Witness a class thriller"

Witness released back in 1985 is one of Harrison fords best movies and certaintly contains his best acting .It is directed by Peter Weir who had earlier acheived fame with Gallipolli(1981) and the Year of living dangerously(1983),both starring Mel Gibson.Ford stars as philadelphia cop John Book who takes into his protection a amish family Rachael( kelly mcgliss) and son Samuel(lukas Haas).The young Samuel witnesses a murder in the toilets at Philadelphia station and is in shock.After seeing a picture at the police station,Ford realises that the murder has been commited by corrupt detectives.After an attempt is made on his life ,he goes into hiding back in the familys Amish community.However the corrupt cops go after him and sets up a tense thriller.

Ford is excellent in his role as John Book,bringing a tough but tender side to his character.He shows drive and courage tackling a dangerous situation.The scene where he does a dance with Rachal to the music of "wonderful world" is a great scene and Ford makes it come alive.He is also good as usual in the action sequences making them believable and enjoyable to watch.Kelly Mcgluiss is okay as Rachael though i think she could have been better.Lukas haas as the young boy is convincing and he acts well when showing terror.Of the villians the only known name is Danny Glover who was later to find fame in the Lethal weapon films.Here he is menacing and not one to cross

Peter Weir directs the film really well capturing great tension in the story.He has shown the feel of a Amish community and what goes on in there culture superbly.The cinematroghy and look of the film is also spot on.Music soundtrack by Mauirce Jarre is also outstanding and complents the film well.

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  • ThePolarOne published 24/06/2005
    Right to say it's one of Ford's best films. Classic stuff and genuinely tense. Good review.
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After an Amish boy witnesses police corruption in a Philadelphia train station, a hardened cop takes him and his widowed mother back to their quiet Amish community. There, hiding from his crooked superiors, he is witness to a simpler and seductively innocent world. Academy Award Nominations: 8, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor--Harrison Ford. Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing.


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