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The Resource Witness, Paramount Pictures presents ; an Edward S. Feldman production ; screenplay by Earl W. Wallace & William Kelley ; produced by Edward S. Feldman ; directed by Peter Weir, (DVD)

Witness, Paramount Pictures presents ; an Edward S. Feldman production ; screenplay by Earl W. Wallace & William Kelley ; produced by Edward S. Feldman ; directed by Peter Weir, (DVD)

Label
Witness
Title
Witness
Statement of responsibility
Paramount Pictures presents ; an Edward S. Feldman production ; screenplay by Earl W. Wallace & William Kelley ; produced by Edward S. Feldman ; directed by Peter Weir
Contributor
Actor
Screenwriter
Composer
Cinematographer
Director
Producer
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
  • spa
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
Shortly after the death of her husband, Amish woman Rachel Lapp takes her son Samuel on a trip to Philadelphia. While in the train station washroom, Samuel sees two men savagely murder a third. Philadelphia detective John Book discovers that people within the police force were involved, and is assigned to escort Rachel and Samuel back home, protecting the boy until the trial. Book blends in with the Amish community, but the corrupt cops Book has exposed are determined to keep their secret, and they come looking for Samuel--to silence him for good
Member of
Awards note
Winner, 1986 Academy Awards: Best Film Editing: Thom Noble; Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Earl W. Wallace (screenplay/story) William Kelley (screenplay/story) Pamela Wallace (story); BAFTA Film Awards 1986, Best Score: Maurice Jarre.
Cataloging source
TEFMT
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Director of photography, John Seale ; editor, Thom Noble ; music composed by Maurice Jarre ; production designer, Stan Jolley ; story by William Kelley and Pamela Wallace & Earl W. Wallace
Dewey number
791.43/72
Intended audience
MPAA rating: Rated R; Canadian Home Video rating: 14A
Language note
In English or dubbed French, with optional subtitles in English or Spanish; closed-captioned
LC call number
PN1995.9.D4
LC item number
W57 2005
PerformerNote
Harrison Ford (John Book), Kelly McGillis (Rachel), Josef Sommer (Schaeffer), Lukas Haas (Samuel), Jan Rubes (Eli Lapp), Alexander Godunov (Daniel Hochleitner), Patti LuPone (Elaine), Danny Glover (McFee), Brent Jennings (Carter)
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
  • 1944-
  • 1929-
  • 1929-
  • 1942-
  • 1957-
  • 1976-
  • 1920-2009
  • 1949-1995
  • 1942-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Weir, Peter
  • Feldman, Edward S.
  • Wallace, Earl W
  • Kelley, William
  • Wallace, Pamela
  • Ford, Harrison
  • McGillis, Kelly
  • Sommer, M. Josef
  • Haas, Lukas
  • Rubeš, Jan
  • Godunov, Alexander
  • LuPone, Patti
  • Glover, Danny
  • Jennings, Brent
  • Seale, John
  • Jarre, Maurice
  • Paramount Pictures Corporation
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (Firm)
Runtime
112
Series statement
Paramount DVD
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Homicide investigation
  • Police corruption
  • Child witnesses
  • Amish
  • Amish
  • Child witnesses
  • Homicide investigation
  • Police corruption
  • Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania
Target audience
adult
Technique
live action
Label
Witness, Paramount Pictures presents ; an Edward S. Feldman production ; screenplay by Earl W. Wallace & William Kelley ; produced by Edward S. Feldman ; directed by Peter Weir, (DVD)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Originally produced as a motion picture in 1985
  • Special features: Between two worlds: the making of witness [5-part documentary] (20 min.); Deleted scene [from TV broadcast] (4 min.); TV spots (min.); Theatrical trailer (2 min); Previews (5 min.)
Contents
Funeral rites -- Journey -- Material witness -- John Book -- Positive I.D. -- Watch your back -- Gun of the hand -- Plain John -- Honest work -- Breaking the rules -- Barn raising -- Storm -- Lost the meaning -- Twilight -- It's over -- Be careful among the English -- End credits
Control code
ocm60709945
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Edition
Special collector's ed.
Extent
1 videodisc (112 min.)
Isbn
9781415713150
Other control number
  • 097360309546
  • 805529781146
Other physical details
sd., col.
Publisher number
03095
System details
DVD, region 1; NTSC; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 surround; widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs
Label
Witness, Paramount Pictures presents ; an Edward S. Feldman production ; screenplay by Earl W. Wallace & William Kelley ; produced by Edward S. Feldman ; directed by Peter Weir, (DVD)
Publication
Note
  • Originally produced as a motion picture in 1985
  • Special features: Between two worlds: the making of witness [5-part documentary] (20 min.); Deleted scene [from TV broadcast] (4 min.); TV spots (min.); Theatrical trailer (2 min); Previews (5 min.)
Contents
Funeral rites -- Journey -- Material witness -- John Book -- Positive I.D. -- Watch your back -- Gun of the hand -- Plain John -- Honest work -- Breaking the rules -- Barn raising -- Storm -- Lost the meaning -- Twilight -- It's over -- Be careful among the English -- End credits
Control code
ocm60709945
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Edition
Special collector's ed.
Extent
1 videodisc (112 min.)
Isbn
9781415713150
Other control number
  • 097360309546
  • 805529781146
Other physical details
sd., col.
Publisher number
03095
System details
DVD, region 1; NTSC; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 surround; widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs

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