History Film / Witness

22nd Sep '16 12:32:12 PM CaptEquinox
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: During the milking scene, Eli asks Book, who is having trouble at it, "Come on man, have you never held a teat before?" to which Book deadpans "Not one this big." You expect the dour Eli to get indignant at this fairly sexual quip, but after taking a second to realize what Book means, he instead gives a roar of laughter and claps him on the back in a "You're all right, kid" manner.
* AdultFear: The film likes to slap a lot of it on you especially when concerning Samuel's well being. The most prominent being the Gun scene. You have Samuel who as an Amish person, let alone a child has never seen or knew how a handgun works. He sneaks into Book's room while he's in another room, still recovering from his own gunshot wound. Out of sheer curiosity he opens the drawer and takes Book's gun out. Book walking in and seeing Samuel, knowing the gun is loaded, yells at him not to move. You can tell by the tone of his voice, he's more worried that Samuel would get hurt rather than angry. Book gives Samuel a stern lecture about handling a loaded gun and even shows him how to properly disarm it. As if that wasn't bad enough Rachel walks in, not knowing the gun was unloaded, but still upset that her kid is handling a handgun. She justifiably chews Book out over it and rather than argue with her, he agrees and asks her to hide it in a safer place. Eli gets in on it too and gives a less stern, but reasonable lecture to Samuel on why it's not ok to use a gun and take human life. You can even tell by his voice, that he's seen his fair share of violence and that he just doesn't want to see his own Grandson get hurt or hurt anyone else too.
* ActualPacifist: Naturally. Though in a very humanizing moment, that doesn't mean Daniel can't enjoy the sight of some jerks who were harrassing him getting their asses kicked.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: During the milking scene, Eli asks Book, who is having trouble at it, "Come on man, have you never held a teat before?" to which Book deadpans "Not one this big." You expect the dour Eli to get indignant at this fairly sexual quip, but after taking a second to realize what Book means, he instead gives a roar of laughter and claps him on the back in a "You're all right, kid" manner.
manner.[[note]]TruthInTelevision, Amishmen are farmers and don't mind this kind of sexual humor. At the funeral dinner, they're joshing around about a horse with one testicle, and Hochstetler says "one good ball, that's all it takes".[[/note]]
* AdultFear: The film likes to slap a lot of it on you especially when concerning Samuel's well being. The most prominent being the Gun scene. You have Samuel who as an Amish person, let alone a child has never seen or knew how a handgun works. He sneaks into Book's room while he's in another room, still recovering from his own gunshot wound. Out of sheer curiosity he opens the drawer and takes Book's gun out. Book walking in and seeing Samuel, knowing the gun is loaded, yells at him not to move. You can tell by the tone of his voice, he's more worried that Samuel would get hurt rather than angry. Book gives Samuel a stern lecture about handling a loaded gun and even shows him how to properly disarm it. As if that wasn't bad enough Rachel walks in, not knowing the gun was unloaded, but still upset that her kid is handling a handgun. She justifiably chews Book out over it and rather than argue with her, he agrees and asks her to hide it in a safer place. Eli gets in on it too and gives a less stern, but reasonable lecture to Samuel on why it's not ok to use a gun and take human life. [[note]]The Amish use guns, but only for hunting. Any other use is a sin.[[/note]] You can even tell by his voice, that he's seen his fair share of violence and that he just doesn't want to see his own Grandson get hurt or hurt anyone else too.
* ActualPacifist: Naturally. Though in a very humanizing moment, that doesn't mean Daniel can't enjoy the sight of some jerks who were harrassing harassing him getting their asses kicked.
11th Sep '16 9:46:54 PM Fireblood
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* TheCastShowOff: Creator/HarrisonFord is a skilled carpenter in real life, and demonstrates carpentry skills several times in the film.

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* TheCastShowOff: Creator/HarrisonFord is a skilled carpenter in real life, having worked as one prior to acting, and demonstrates carpentry skills several times in the film.



* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: When Book finds out that the perpetrator of a recent cop murder is a narcotics detective, and upon further investigation realizes said detective was involved in the theft of confiscated drugs, he goes to Police Chief Schaeffer and, upon telling everything he knows, is asked whether he has told anyone else. When Book says no, Schaeffer tells him to keep it quiet. Justified by the fact that Book trusts Schaeffer and, as a police corruption case, it would make sense to keep as few officers in the loop as possible.

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* HaveYouToldAnyoneElse: When Book finds out that the perpetrator of a recent cop murder is a narcotics detective, and upon further investigation realizes said detective was involved in the theft of confiscated drugs, he goes to Police Chief Schaeffer and, upon telling everything he knows, is asked whether he has told anyone else. When Book says no, Schaeffer tells him to keep it quiet. Justified [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] by the fact that Book trusts Schaeffer and, as a police corruption case, it would make sense to keep as few officers in the loop as possible.



* JustAFleshWound: Subverted. Book is badly hit and only barely survives getting shot in the stomach by [=McFee=].
* MuggingTheMonster: The jerkass tourist who decides to pick on Book, thinking he is just another peaceful Amish. Cue LaserGuidedKarma.

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* JustAFleshWound: Subverted.{{Subverted}}. Book is badly hit and only barely survives getting shot in the stomach by [=McFee=].
* MuggingTheMonster: The jerkass tourist who decides to pick on Book, thinking he is just another peaceful Amish.Amish man. Cue LaserGuidedKarma.



* WouldHurtAChild: Played with and subverted. Schaeffer initially seems hellbent on killing Samuel for witnessing the murder but he finds himself unable to actually do it when the time comes, and is shamed into giving up.

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* WouldHurtAChild: Played with {{Played with}} and subverted. Schaeffer initially seems hellbent on killing Samuel for witnessing the murder but he finds himself unable to actually do it when the time comes, and is shamed into giving up.
28th May '16 8:37:09 PM Berrenta
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* BlondeGuysAreEvil: Fergie.
22nd Apr '16 11:16:35 AM Paranoia
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* BarnRaising: Probably the film's most famous scene.

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* BarnRaising: Probably the film's most famous scene. Well, maybe ''second'' most famous (see ShowerScene below)


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* ShowerScene: A variant, as the Amish don't use showers. But Rachel and Book share a sexually charged moment where she's finished bathing and lets him get a good look at her.
3rd Jan '16 2:59:57 PM Aurelian
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Samuel Lapp is a young Amish boy journeying to Baltimore to visit an aunt with his mother, the recently widowed Rachel Lapp. Samuel is the witness when two men kill an undercover officer in a Philadelphia train station bathroom. Detective John Book takes the boy into custody to protect him when it turns out that the killers are crooked narcotics cops. After a shootout, Book is wounded and hides with the Lapps on their farm, and ends up developing a relationship with Rachel as he recovers, adapting to the Amish lifestyle and being tentatively accepted by the community. But their idyllic lifestyle is soon shattered once the villains figure out where they went and descend upon the unsuspecting Amish town with their guns.

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Samuel Lapp is Lapp, a young Amish boy journeying to Baltimore to visit an aunt with his mother, the recently widowed Rachel Lapp. Samuel is the witness when Rachel, witnesses two men kill an undercover police officer in a Philadelphia train station bathroom. Detective John Book takes the boy into custody to protect him when it turns out that the killers are crooked narcotics cops. After a shootout, Book is wounded and hides with the Lapps on their farm, and ends up developing a relationship with Rachel as he recovers, adapting to the Amish lifestyle and being tentatively accepted by the community. But their idyllic lifestyle is soon shattered once the villains figure out where they went and descend upon the unsuspecting Amish town with their guns.
3rd Jan '16 2:54:20 PM Aurelian
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* MuggingTheMonster:. The jerkass tourist who decides to pick on Book, thinking he is just another peaceful Amish. Cue LaserGuidedKarma.

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* MuggingTheMonster:. MuggingTheMonster: The jerkass tourist who decides to pick on Book, thinking he is just another peaceful Amish. Cue LaserGuidedKarma.
3rd Jan '16 2:53:08 PM Aurelian
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* MuggingTheMonster:. The jerkass tourist who decides to pick on Book, thinking he is just another peaceful Amish. Cue LaserGuidedKarma.
28th Nov '15 11:08:57 PM Kooshmeister
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* CruelAndUnusualDeath / DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Death by grain silo drowning.]]

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* CruelAndUnusualDeath / DisneyVillainDeath: CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler: Death by grain silo drowning.]]
22nd Sep '15 12:16:20 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* GratuitousGerman: The Amish. Sometimes mangled to the point of being unintelligible, but possibly justified by the Amish being an isolated community that has very little (if any) contact to other German speakers and also speaks English most of the time.
** The German dialect used by the American Amish (so-called Pennsylvania German) is quite distinct from its European counterparts.

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* GratuitousGerman: The Amish. Sometimes mangled to the point of being unintelligible, but possibly justified by the Amish being an isolated community that has often speak their "Pennsylvania German" to each other. It is very little (if any) contact to other German speakers and also speaks English most of the time.
** The German dialect used by the American Amish (so-called Pennsylvania German) is quite
distinct from its the European counterparts.version.
25th Aug '15 6:27:49 AM AnotherGuy
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* CoolAndUnusualDeath / DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Death by grain silo drowning.]]


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* CruelAndUnusualDeath / DisneyVillainDeath: [[spoiler: Death by grain silo drowning.]]
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