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The Amish are a charming people gentle oddities in todays techno world They dont do handguns cars or telephones and theyre exceedingly clannish in their desire to keep out technology generally and outsiders in particular The basis for Witness is an age-old fish-out-of-water story a modern man trying to fit in with the quaint Amish in Lancaster County Pennsylvania Taken on that basis alone Witness is a success its when the real world intrudes with its drugs and crooked cops and dead partners that the movie falls apart Harrison Ford plays John Book a big city cop whos more or less happy with the world and his place in it A case comes to him just like any other case A young Amish boy Samuel Lapp Lukas Haas Mars Attacks is the only witness to a murder of an undercover cop in the mens room at a train station and before you can say Police corruption Fords joined the boy and his widowed mother Rachel Kelly McGillis Top Gun on their farm in Lancaster County Hes hiding from his evil bosses who kill his partner because he wont locate Book for them and protecting the boy from them as well Little Samuel Lapp is the only witness you see and Book really wants to get these creeps Of course Book and the lovely Widow Lapp are attracted to one another Problem is the Amish dont take well to outsiders and they certainly dont consider it meet that one of their own would become romantically involved with a big city cop who carries a gun and cant milk a cow to save his life For them to be together forever which is clearly what theyd both like either hed have to stay and become Amish or shed have to leave her life behind entirely and join him in the real world Eventually the two worlds collide when the baddies show up in the
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