The name's Book ... John Book.


Witness is a film starring Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis and Lukas Haas that was directed by an Australian named Peter Weir in 1985. It is about a young Amish boy called Samuel (Haas) who is the only witness to a brutal murder that occurs in the bathroom of a train station. Samuel must then be protected by his mother, Rachel (McGillis) and a detective named John Book (Ford) to ensure he comes to no harm before he can testify at the killer's trial. This involves Detective Book moving into the family's small Amish township and struggling to understand and adapt to the traditional Amish way of life.

While the film contains more than enough intrigue and excitement to keep action fans happy, it is the resultant clash of cultures that comes about between the brash city detective and the gentle Amish community he comes to be a part of that makes for a fascinating and enlightening movie experience.

The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won two, for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing. It was also nominated for seven BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards, winning one for Maurice Jarre's score, and was additionally nominated for six Golden Globe Awards. William Kelley and Earl W. Wallace won the Writers' Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay and the 1986 Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture Screenplay presented by the Mystery Writers of America. The film is also notable as the screen debut of future stars Viggo Mortensen (who played Aragon in Lord of the Rings and features in the new filmThe Road) and Lukas Haas (who has gone on to appear in movies such as Zoolander and Material Girls).

Here is a link to a trailer for the film: 'Witness' theatrical trailer from 1985
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