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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.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Weir, an Australian filming in this country for the first time, has succumbed to blandness."
‑ Pauline Kael, New Yorker
"Playing John Book allowed viewers the opportunity to see Ford the actor instead of Ford the action/adventure icon. It is one of the few times he has been given the opportunity to play in a straight drama."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Taut drama has just a few moments of intense violence."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"My favourite Peter Weir film, Witness is something special...Three years after Blade Runner, Harrison Ford is at his best, while Kelly McGillis in her second film role, exudes a Grace Kelly-like serenity."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"...a refreshingly adult story."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A moderately effective, highly affected thriller."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Powerful, assured, full of beautiful imagery and thankfully devoid of easy moralising, it also offers a performance of surprising skill and sensitivity from Ford."
‑ , Time Out
"Harrison Ford renders one of his best dramatic performances, for which he won his sole Oscar nomination, in Peter Weir's beautifully shot feature, which is effective as a cop thriller as well as a chronicle of the rural Amish subculture."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Ford is on top of his form, underplaying his role throughout and never mugging it up for the cameras."
‑ Oz, eFilmCritic.com
"Fish-out-of-water stories were very popular for a while in the 1980s, but none had the classical resonance of this powerful Oscar-nominated drama."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Witness warms up as the attraction builds between Ford, McGillis and Haas -- all performing excellently through this portion."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Harrison Ford has never given a better performance in a movie."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A lot of care and attention has gone into both the Oscar-winning screenplay and the beautiful cinematography, to create a powerful and romantic story."
‑ Almar Haflidason, BBC.com
"A back-of-beyond thriller from Weir, who turns his sharp eye incisively on America's cosy heartland."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Humanizes the conflict of peace versus the arguable necessity of violence."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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