Movie Review: Witness (1985)

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Summary

An Amish boy is the lone witness of the murder of a police officer. Policeman John Booke (Harrison Ford) tries to solve the murder but must hide out in Amish country when he realizes his own police force is corrupt. He tries to fit in with the Amish way of living while in hiding, despite some clashes between the cultures. Eventually, he is tracked down and must face the men who want to murder him.

What I liked

I liked the beginning of this film. It starts off pretty quickly with the murder scene and the ensuing mayhem provides for an action packed first half hour of the film. The ending is very intense as well. I also thought it was interesting to see John Booke attempt to fit into the Amish way of life and the struggles between Rachel and her father over her relationship with John.

What I didn’t like

I didn’t really like the middle of this film too much. Although it was interesting at first to see Booke deal with the Amish culture, it went on so long that I almost forgot there was a murder case. It was almost like its own separate movie. I would have also liked to see a little more at the end. I thought it ended somewhat abruptly and thought they could have shown a little more of the aftermath such as the trial and the return home for John.

Rating

This movie received a 7.5/10 on IMDB, a 91% from the critics on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 76% from the audience.

My final rating is a 3.5/5.

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Thanks,

Jeff

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