A solid thriller set in an amish community, Witness marks yet another triumph for Harrison Ford in his long line of 80s box office hits. It’s also his first step outside the fantasy/scifi genre, and a flawless performance that earned him his only academy award nomination still to date.
Witness, the director Peter Weir’s Hollywood debut is a textbook example how an enticing and grasping action drama is made. The movie presents us with an original and interesting premise, suspense, an array of characters that the viewer really cares for, topped off with a sparkle of humour to balance it all.
Ford’s and Weir’s collaboration continued the next year with The Mosquito Coast, a surprisingly flawed movie in comparison to this masterpiece.