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Peter Weir

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About the Movie

When a young Amish woman and her son get caught up in the murder of an undercover narcotics agent, their savior turns out to be hardened Philadelphia detective John Book. Harrison Ford is sensational as Book, the cop who runs head-on into the non-violent world of a Pennsylvania Amish community. The end result is an action packed struggle of life and death, interwoven with a sensitive undercurrent of caring and forbidden love.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 37
  • Fresh: 34
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 8.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Witness warms up as the attraction builds between Ford, McGillis and Haas -- all performing excellently through this portion. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jan 14, 2013

Fresh: What saves "Witness" is its cast, and Weir's artistry in orchestrating and modulating their performances. – Paul Attanasio, Washington Post, Jan 4, 2018

Fresh: Harrison Ford has never given a better performance in a movie. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Playing John Book allowed viewers the opportunity to see Ford the actor instead of Ford the action/adventure icon. It is one of the few times he has been given the opportunity to play in a straight drama. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Jan 13, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A Modern Classic With Good Advice For Us All

"Be careful out there among them English." Truer words have not been spoken in film.


I live near Amish country & consider many of them friends. This movie is accurate with the scenes of the Amish in their homes, town, family issues ec. Well worth watching. Didn't it get an Academy Award? If not it should have!

great and memorable film

the film was plain excellent and riviting. The story showed many forms of courage and honor and showed no matter how little a person can be that they can make the difference of the number of lives spared.