R | | Crime, Drama, Romance
A young Amish boy is sole witness to a murder; policeman John Book goes into hiding in Amish country to protect him until the trial.
The script ran the rounds of all the major studios, who all turned it down, until Paramount Pictures finally expressed some interest.
Never seen anything like it in all my years!
Daniel Hochleitner: He's from Ohio, my cousin.
Townsman: Well, them Ohio Amish must be... different. Around here, the brethren don't have any of that kinda fight in 'em! Good day to you, Mr. Lapp! This ain't good for the tourist trade...
When Samuel looks at the hand gun in the drawer, it is lying in two different positions, in the different camera angles.
For Tom Scott. Scott was a member of the casting department on Witness.
In the VHS version, just after John Book is shot, we see a close-up of his gun and a voice-over from an earlier conversation Book had with the captain. We hear the words: "Who else knows about this? "Just you and me." In the DVD version, we see the close-up of the gun and then it segues to Book's sister waking up Rachel and her son Samuel, minus the voice-over.
$4,539,990 (USA) (10 February 1985)