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  • Summary: Samuel Lap (Haas) a young Amish boy witnesses a murder while visiting Philadelphia with his mother Rachel (McGillis). Detective John Book (Ford) goes undercover in Amish country when he realizes the killer is a corrupt cop out to kill the only witness.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 100
    This is, first of all, an electrifying and poignant love story....And it is also one hell of a thriller.
  2. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    100
    Arguably Harrison Ford’s finest performance, and one of the strongest thrillers to emerge from the heady gloss of the ‘80s, this is director Peter Weir at his most adept.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    100
    Sure-footed thriller, beautifully photographed, with Ford's best performance thus far.
  4. 70
    Peter Weir, the standard-bearer of the Australian Tradition of Quality, is on hand to smother all the contrivances in his solemn, academic style, and the result is a moderately effective, highly affected thriller.
  5. It's not really awful, but it's not much fun. It's pretty to look at and it contains a number of good performances, but there is something exhausting about its neat balancing of opposing manners and values.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    70
    Witness, which is one of the most originally conceived and gracefully made suspense dramas of recent years, to work into edgy juxtaposition the representatives of two subcultures that are ordinarily mutually exclusive.
  7. Along with some creaky plot mechanics in the last third of the story, this reduces the film to ordinary dimensions - a sharp but no longer resonant show.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Nov 14, 2011
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Bottom Line: This has got to be one of Harrison Fordâ Expand
  2. Jan 25, 2014
    7
    Witness is not your average action movie drama; this film takes the viewer deep into the heart of Amish country. Although, it does offer someWitness is not your average action movie drama; this film takes the viewer deep into the heart of Amish country. Although, it does offer some insight on the Amish way of life and how one man can uproot it all. Harrison Ford is very good in his role, and Danny Glover is perfect as the crooked cop. Expand
  3. Sep 2, 2014
    5
    This wasn't what I expected. Much more romantic drama than action and suspense. It's an odd combination that I felt squeaked like bad breaksThis wasn't what I expected. Much more romantic drama than action and suspense. It's an odd combination that I felt squeaked like bad breaks at some points but the story is not without its charm. You can't help but feel concern for the little boy and the predicament of this Amish family. Harrison Ford brought his A game though. There was a good gradual feel that he delivered that created the tension between him and Rachel. You actually wanted them to get together because they actually had a genuine connection that grew and developed. But it was a Tarzan type romance. They were from two worlds and it really showed. Maybe if what I was expecting to happen wasn't squashed so bad I'd rate this better but still overall it didn't mesh so great with me. Solid for its time and worth a try though. Expand

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