Witness (1985)

A big city cop. A small country boy. They have nothing in common... but a murder.

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
  • Release Date: 1985-02-08
  • User Rating: 7.097/10 from 1600 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 52min
  • Language: Deutsch
  • Production Company: Paramount Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America, Netherlands
  • Director: Peter Weir
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A sheltered Amish child is the sole witness of a brutal murder in a restroom at a Philadelphia train station, and he must be protected. The assignment falls to a taciturn detective who goes undercover in a Pennsylvania Dutch community. On the farm, he slowly assimilates despite his urban grit, and forges a romantic bond with the child's beautiful mother.

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  • Harrison Ford

    as Det. Capt. John Book
  • Kelly McGillis

    as Rachel Lapp
  • Josef Sommer

    as Chief Paul Schaeffer
  • Lukas Haas

    as Samuel Lapp
  • Jan Rubeš

    as Eli Lapp
  • Alexander Godunov

    as Daniel Hochleitner
  • Danny Glover

    as McFee
  • Brent Jennings

    as Carter
  • Patti LuPone

    as Elaine
  • Angus MacInnes

    as Fergie
  • Frederick Rolf

    as Stoltzfus
  • Viggo Mortensen

    as Moses Hochleitner
  • John Garson

    as Bishop Tchantz
  • Beverly May

    as Mrs. Yoder
  • Ed Crowley

    as Sheriff
  • Timothy Carhart

    as Zenovich
  • Sylvia Kauders

    as Tourist Lady
  • Marian Swan

    as Mrs. Schaeffer
  • Maria Bradley

    as Schaeffer's Daughter
  • Rozwill Young

    as T-Bone
  • Paul S. Nuss

    as Amish
  • Emily Tracy

    as Amish
  • Fred Steinharter

    as Amish
  • John D. King

    as Amish
  • Paul Goss

    as Amish
  • Annemarie Vallerio

    as Amish
  • Bruce E. Camburn

    as Amish
  • William Francis

    as Town Man
  • Tom Kennedy

    as Ticket Seller
  • Ardyth Kaiser

    as Couple in Garage
  • Thomas Quinn

    as Couple in Garage
  • Eugene Dooley

    as Detective
  • Victoria Scott D'Angelo

    as Detective
  • Richard Chaves

    as Detective
  • Tim Moyer

    as Detective
  • Nino Del Buono

    as Detective
  • James Frank Clark

    as Detective
  • Joseph Kelly

    as Detective
  • Norman Carter

    as Detective
  • Craig Clement

    as Detective
  • Robert Earl Jones

    as Custodian
  • Michael Levering

    as Hoodlum
  • Cara Giallanza

    as Hoodlum
  • Anthony Dean Rubeš

    as Hoodlum
  • Bernie Styles

    as Counterman
  • Blossom Terry

    as Mother in Station
  • Jennifer Mancuso

    as Little Girl
Camera John Seale Director of Photography
Production Edward S. Feldman Producer
Sound Maurice Jarre Original Music Composer
Editing Thom Noble Editor
Writing William Kelley Screenplay
Writing Earl W. Wallace Screenplay
Directing Peter Weir Director
Art Stan Jolley Production Design
Sound Robert Knudson Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Andrew Patterson Sound Effects Editor
Sound Bruce Richardson Sound Effects Editor
Sound Norval D. Crutcher III Sound Effects Editor
Sound Robert Glass Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Art John H. Anderson Set Decoration
Writing Pamela Wallace Writer
Sound Cecelia Hall Supervising Sound Effects Editor
Sound George Watters II Supervising Sound Effects Editor
Sound Don Digirolamo Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Sound Frank Howard Sound Effects Editor
Sound Alan L. Nineberg Sound Effects Editor
Crew Gary Epper Stunt Coordinator
Production David Bombyk Co-Producer
Crew Glenn R. Wilder Stunt Coordinator
Crew Anderson Martin Stunts
Production Dianne Crittenden Casting
Crew Vic Armstrong Stunt Double
Production Wendy Stites Associate Producer
Crew Bob Minor Stunts
Costume & Make-Up Leland V. Crawford Hairstylist
Costume & Make-Up Michael Hancock Makeup Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Bette Iverson Hair Supervisor
Production Ted Swanson Production Manager
Directing Pamela M. Eilerson Second Assistant Director
Directing David McGiffert First Assistant Director
Art Robert Krume Construction Coordinator
Art Craig Edgar Set Designer
Sound Pamela Bentkowski Foley Editor
Sound Allan Bromberg Foley Editor
Sound Fred Stafford ADR Supervisor
Sound Forrest Williams Boom Operator
Costume & Make-Up Paula Cain Costumer
Costume & Make-Up Dallas D. Dornan Costume Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Shari Feldman Costume Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Michael W. Hoffman Costumer
Editing Joan E. Chapman Assistant Editor
Editing Bob Noland Color Timer
Production Michael John Meehan Location Manager
Sound Richard Stone Supervising Music Editor
Directing Cynnie Troup Script Supervisor
Directing Hope Williams Script Supervisor
Production Michael Klastorin Publicist