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A good movie that doesn't rely on the crime story, but more on Harrison Ford and his relationship with an Amish woman and her "family".

***.5/****
Comments pending.
Thriller
review to come

Witness is a clever movie.
It disguises itself as a star vehicle. Harrison Ford is the rough cop who has to protect a little boy from corrupt cops.
The catch is what makes it interesting: the boy's Amish.

We get introduced to the world from the Amish, with Ford as our guide. He's a regular guy, like we are. And as he puts aside his prejudices for the Amish, so do we.
At least, so did I. Weir directed this and once again he has created a marvellously haunting movie that is thrilling when it should be, and affecting when not.

Glover plays a bad guy here, and during the first scene between him and Haas there's a part that plays out like a homage of Indiana Jones. Was it intentionally? I don't know, but I sure noticed it.
7.8/10






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WELL DIRECTED. GOOD CAST HARRISON FORD IS EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD. GREAT SCORE, GOOD SCREENPLAY. OFTEN TENSE AND EXCITING. GREAT PACE. A WINNER.
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It really should be stupid. Harrison Ford uncovers corruption in his Philadelphia police precinct and goes to ground with a pair of Amish murder witnesses in an Amish community in Lancaster, PA. Harrison Ford falls in love with one of the Amish women, his past catches up to him, etc. Should be dumb. How is it then that the movie is so touching, so brilliant, and so beautiful? I know he's Indiana Jones and Han Solo, but Harrison Ford turns in the best performance of his career as Det. John Book. No doubt, this can be attributed to the talents of Peter Weir, who has pulled similar career-defining roles out of Jim Carrey in The Truman Show and Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society.
The culture clash between this world-weary cop and the Amish is educating, but not preachy; has moments of genuine humor, but never at the expense of the Amish way of life; and takes its time showing the slower pace of another way of life without slowing the movie down itself. The only real criticsm I could levy at the movie is that Maurice Jarre's score is laughably dated to the 1980's, and takes you out of the movie at times. Wonderful movie, and watch for Viggo Morgensten in his first screen role.

WITNESS
(PETER WEIR, 1985)
R
1 HOUR 52 MINUTES