Witness


1h 52m 1985

Brief Synopsis

A young Amish boy, visiting Philadelphia with his widowed mother, witnesses a murder. When the detective on the case discovers a police cover up, he realizes his, the boy's and the mother's lives are in jeopardy. He hides out in Amish country, living amongst the community and having to abide by their peaceful customs. Things get more complicated when he falls in love with the young widow. But, soon the idyllic life is shattered when the villains discover his whereabouts.

Film Details

Also Known As
Vittne till mord, Witness: Témoin sous surveillance
MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Crime
Thriller
Release Date
1985
Production Company
Pacific Title & Art Studio; Panavision, Ltd.; Paramount Pictures; Record Plant Scoring Inc; Segue Music Inc; Todd-Ao
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures; Paramount Pictures; United International Pictures
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 52m

Synopsis

A young Amish boy, visiting Philadelphia with his widowed mother, witnesses a murder. When the detective on the case discovers a police cover-up, he realizes his, the boy's and the mother's lives are in jeopardy. He hides out in Amish country, living amongst the community and having to abide by their peaceful customs.Things get more complicated when he falls in love with the young widow. But, soon the idyllic life is shattered when the villains discover his whereabouts.

Crew

Carlos Acosta

Props

Lou Adler

Song ("(What A) Wonderful World")

Herb Alpert

Song ("(What A) Wonderful World")

Michael Amundsen

Apprentice Editor

John Anderson

Set Decorator

Pamela Bentkowski

Foley Editor

David Bombyk

Co-Producer

Alan Brackett

Song ("Party Down")

Allan Bromberg

Foley Editor

Paula Cain

Costumes

Greg Chapman

Song Performer ("(What A) Wonderful World")

Joan E Chapman

Assistant Editor

Paul Chiten

Song ("Shocking Behavior")

Chuck Clifton

Camera Operator 2nd Unit (2nd Unit)

Sam Cooke

Song ("(What A) Wonderful World")

Leland V Crawford

Hairstyles

Dianne Crittenden

Casting

Norval Crutcher

Sound Effects Editor

Marie Delrusso

Makeup

Don Digirolamo

Sound Rerecording Mixer

Eugene Dooley

Technical Advisor (Police)

Dallas Dornan

Costume Supervisor

Nora Dunfee

Technical Advisor (Amish Dialect)

Craig Edgar

Set Design

Pamela Eilerson

2nd Assistant Director

John R Elliott

Special Effects

Gary Epper

Stunts

Gary Epper

Stunt Coordinator

Edward Feldman

Producer

Shari Feldman

Costume Supervisor

Lawrence K Freeman

Bestboy Electrician

Humberto Gatica

Music Recording Mixer

Humberto Gatica

Sound Recording Mixer

Eyal Geva

Assistant (To Peter Weir)

Cara Giallanza

Production Assistant

Robert W Glass

Sound Rerecording Mixer

David M Goldman

Props

Cecelia Hall

Sound Effects Editor Supervisor

Michael Hancock

Makeup Supervisor

Clifford D Hill

Transportation Coordinator

Michael Hoffman

Costumes

Frank Howard

Sound Effects Editor

Bette Iverson

Hair

Maurice Jarre

Music

Stan Jolley

Production Designer

Chaim Kantor

2nd Assistant Camera

William Kelley

Screenwriter

William Kelley

From Story

William Kelley

Story By

John D King

Technical Advisor (Amish)

Michael Klastorin

Publicist

Robin Knight

Key Grip

Robert Knudson

Sound Rerecording Mixer

Robert Krume

Construction Coordinator

Dan Lerner

Camera Operator

Bruce Maccallum

1st Assistant Camera

Anderson Martin

Stunts

David Mcgiffert

1st Assistant Director

Michael John Meehan

Location Manager

Michel Mention

Assistant (To Maurice Jarre)

Bob Minor

Stunts

Alan Nineberg

Sound Effects Editor

Thom Noble

Editor

Bob Noland

Color Timer

Andrew G Patterson

Sound Effects Editor

Judy Pritchard

Other

Sandra Rabins

Production Auditor

Paul Bruce Richardson

Sound Effects Editor

Diane Schneier

Production Assistant

Bernie Schwartz

Dolly Grip

Tom Scott

Casting (Lancaster)

John Seale

Director Of Photography

John Seale

Dp/Cinematographer

Scott Shelly

Song ("Party Down")

Sue Sheridan

Song ("Shocking Behavior")

Gloria Slate

Assistant (To Edward S Feldman And David Bombyk)

Fred Stafford

Adr Supervisor

Ilene Starger

Casting Associate

Lynn Stewart

Production Assistant

Wendy Stites

Associate Producer

Richard Stone

Music Editor Supervisor

Ted Swanson

Production Manager

Gary Tandrow

Gaffer

Barry D Thomas

Sound Recording Mixer

Governor Dick Thornburgh

Assistance (Pennsylvania)

Ruth Tighe

Production Assistant

Cynnie Troup

Script Supervisor

Earl W Wallace

From Story

Earl W Wallace

Screenwriter

Earl W Wallace

Story By

Pamela Wallace

Story By

Pamela Wallace

From Story

Gail Walton

Casting (Philadelphia)

George Watters

Sound Effects Editor Supervisor

Josh Weiner

Stills

Wendy Weir

Associate Producer

Glenn Wilder

Stunt Coordinator

Forrest Williams

Boom Operator

Hope Williams

Script Supervisor

Film Details

Also Known As
Vittne till mord, Witness: Témoin sous surveillance
MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Crime
Thriller
Release Date
1985
Production Company
Pacific Title & Art Studio; Panavision, Ltd.; Paramount Pictures; Record Plant Scoring Inc; Segue Music Inc; Todd-Ao
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures; Paramount Pictures; United International Pictures
Location
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 52m

Award Wins

Best Editing

1985
Thom Noble

Best Original Screenplay

1985
William Kelley

Best Original Screenplay

1985
Earl W Wallace

Best Original Screenplay

1985
Pamela Wallace

Award Nominations

Best Actor

1985
Harrison Ford

Best Art Direction

1985
Stan Jolley

Best Cinematography

1985

Best Director

1985
Peter Weir

Best Picture

1985

Best Score

1985

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Voted One of the Year's Ten Best Films by the 1985 National Board of Review.

Released in United States Winter February 8, 1985

American debut for Australian director Peter Weir.

Began shooting April 27, 1984.

Film is in memory of Tom Scott.

Released in United States Winter February 8, 1985