YMMV / Witness

  • Award Snub: As of 2017, this is Harrison Ford's sole Oscar nomination, and he didn't win.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Maurice Jarre's score. Conceptually speaking it shouldn't work as it's played entirely on synthesisers, and the Amish wouldn't go near a synth, and yet it's uplifting without being sentimental.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The scene of Samuel finding John's gun in his room, and the inherent Fridge Horror of what he could have done with it. Said scene is sadly reminiscent of modern school shootings involving children and teenagers getting hold of guns.
  • Narm Charm: The Big Damn Kiss is decidedly un-sexy - and in some parts it looks like John is trying to bite Rachel's mouth off - but it's so raw that it works in the context of the scene.
  • Retroactive Recognition: This was Viggo Mortensen's first movie, as one of the Amish.
  • Signature Scene: The ice cream scene of course, since it's been referenced and parodied so many times over the years.
  • Stoic Woobie: Rachel, considering she buries her husband at the start of the movie, has to deal with her son being a witness to a murder and eventually falling for Book (which would make her an outcast in her community). All this time, she remains composed and doesn't complain.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: The Simpsons parodying all the Amish coming when the bells are rung is probably more remembered among younger viewers - some of whom might not realise it's parodying the climax of this movie.