Witness script
Witness (1985)
Synopsis: Witness is a 1985 American crime thriller film directed by Peter Weir and starring Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis. The screenplay by William Kelley, Pamela Wallace, and Earl W. Wallace focuses on a detective protecting a young Amish boy who becomes a target after he witnesses a murder in Philadelphia.

THE FAMILY:

where Rachel, Samuel and Eli are sitting- SOUNDS

of emo-

tion and grief not quite suppressed are heard

throughout as:

PREACHER:

... husband of Rachel, father to

Samuel, son of Eli.

(and)

His chair is empty, his bed is

empty, his voice will be heard no

more. He was needed in our

presence, but God needs such men,

too. That one should be taken so

suddenly. Treat sorrow. Still, we

would not wish him back. Rather we

should prepare ourselves to follow him.

TIGHTENING to the Lapps, and...

10 EXT. CEMETERY

The mourners have gathered about the grave,

standing in

silence as four pallbearers are lowering the

coffin

into the pit. The many buggies are aligned in the

b.g.

As the pallbearers begin to shovel soil and gravel

into

the grave, the Preacher begins to read a hymn in

German

... a slow atonal litany which seems to hang

forever on

the frosty air.

RACHEL:

TIGHTENING to her as the hymn continues...

CUT TO:

11 INT. LAPP FARMHOUSE11

where the Amish have gathered for the traditional

post

funeral, midday meals.

11 CONTINUED:
11

Long tables are laden with customary Amish fare

... crocks of soup, hams, fowl, fried boiled eggs

and pickled beets, preserves

and an infinite variety of pies and pastries.

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William Kelley

William Kelley was born on May 27, 1929 in Staten Island, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Witness (1985), The Winds of Kitty Hawk (1978) and The Blue Lightning (1986). He was married to Nina Kelley. He died on February 3, 2003 in Bishop, California, USA. more…

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