Greatest Film Scenes
and Moments

Witness (1985)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Witness (1985)

In director Peter Weir's love story and meditation on violence and culture clash:

  • the film's opening scene of a brutal murder in a Philadelphia train station restroom witnessed by young Amish boy Samuel Lapp (Lukas Haas)
  • the Amish community's barn-raising scene
  • the scene of young recently-widowed Amish woman Rachel Lapp's (Kelly McGillis) treatment of homicide detective John Book's (Oscar-nominated Harrison Ford) gunshot wound
  • the smoldering, forbidden love relationship between Book and Rachel displayed in their informal, awkward serenade in the farm's barn (to the tune of a car radio playing Sam Cooke's "(What A) Wonderful World") - and lit by the car's headlights
  • the scene in which an unembarrassed Rachel gave herself a sponge-bath and boldly turned to reveal her bare-breasted self to John, soon followed by their strongly passionate kiss in the twilight


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