Detective John Book goes undercover in an Amish community to protect a boy who witnessed a murder. Once inside, Block must adjust to major culture shock while cautiously romancing the boy's mother.
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- Peter Weir
- 1986 BAFTA®
- 1986 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture nominee
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) nominee
- Best Director (Motion Picture) nominee
- Best Motion Picture (Drama) nominee
- Top 100 Passions
- Top 100 Thrills nominee
- Top 100 Movies nominee
RRestricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
A lovely-looking widescreen, with you choice of Dolby 5.1 or Dolby Surround. There's French sound and French subtitles, as well. There's also the original trailer and -- an unexpected treat -- a 1999 interview with Peter Weir about the making of the film which is fascinating.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Witness has just a couple scenes of intense violence, including a murder where the victim's throat is cut while a young boy watches. There is also some sexual tension between a man and woman with an extended scene of the woman bathing where her breasts are visible. A bit of strong language, including "f--k," pops up during confrontations between the clearly distinguished "good" and "bad" guys.
- Sexual Content
- A cop and a single mother flirt and kiss. In one scene he watches her bathe, with her breasts visible during a long shot brimming with sexual tension, but it doesn't go any further.
- There are just a few violent scenes, but they're pretty intense. A young boy witnesses a murder, and after the thugs slit the victim's throat in a public bathroom, they decide to check on every stall and almost discover the terrified witness. Later, the murderers hunt the boy to a farm, where he's being protected by a police officer who takes on the gang even though he's unarmed, and finds a way to pick them off one by one. In another scene, a group of local toughs intimidate several Amish farmers who are devoted to their nonviolent beliefs. The punks get a big surprise from someone who looks like the other Amish, but definitely doesn't share their views on confrontations.
- Occasional swearing, including "a--hole," "Goddamn," and "f--k."
- Social Behavior
- Honesty is always best, but it's not always easy. There's an appreciation for the slower life the Amish lead, though the ultimate message is that violence is necessary in certain circumstances.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Not applicable
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it