12 certificateWitness is a Film programme that first aired in 1985 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

Witness is a 4 star programme

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Witness (1985)

Directed by
Peter Weir

Peter Weir's superb 1985 romantic thriller was an Oscar winner and a hit at the box-office. Starring Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis, it works on a number of levels - as a thriller, as a love story and as an examination of cultural differences.

An eight-year-old Amish boy, Samuel Lap (Lukas Haas) is the sole witness to a murder that happened while travelling through Philadelphia with his mother, Rachel (McGillis).

Scared for his safety, the police decide to put him under a witness protection programme. When the killers start to come after Rachel and Samuel, good cop John Book (Ford) has to go into hiding with them to prevent anything bad from happening to them.

All three then steal away to Amish country, leaving Book having to adjust to his new back-to-basics lifestyle. Soon Book can no longer resist his feelings for Rachel and it looks like romance is in the air, but the killers are still on their trail...

Highly recommended.

Written by ,

Also known as "A Testemunha", "El testigo", "Testigo en Peligro", "Témoin sous surveillance"

Genre: Film

Running Time: 112 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1985

4/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Harrison FordHarrison Ford...Det. Capt. John Book
Kelly McGillis...Rachel Lapp
Josef Sommer...Chief Paul Schaeffer
Image for Lukas HaasLukas Haas...Samuel Lapp
Jan Rubes...Eli Lapp
Alexander Godunov...Daniel Hochleitner
Image for Danny GloverDanny Glover...Det. Lt. James McFee
Brent Jennings...Det. Sgt. Elden Carter
Patti LuPone...Elaine
Angus MacInnes...Det. 'Fergie'
Frederick Rolf...Stoltzfus
Image for Viggo MortensenViggo Mortensen...Moses Hochleitner
John Garson...Bishop Tchantz
Beverly May...Mrs. Yoder
Ed Crowley...Sheriff