My mom loved this film, and she was right.

Harrison Ford steps away from Han Solo and Indiana Jones, emerging as volatile big city cop John Book, who hides in Amish country while trying to solve a colleague’s murder.

The film earned him his lone Oscar nomination, one of eight nods Witness received, with Peter Weir’s superb thriller winning for Original Screenplay and Editing.

Everything clicks, from Ford’s tender, tentative romance with Kelly McGillis, to the subtle work of Lukas Haas as the young boy who witnessed the crime.

Out of Africa? Bullpucky.

This should have taken Best Picture.

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