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Plot: Manhattan janitor Daryll Deever is fixated on hard-charging TV commentator, Tony Sokolow; he tapes her commentary daily to watch after work. When a wealthy Vietnamese man, with many shady connections, is murdered in the office building where Daryll works, Tony shows up to cover the story and Daryll… Runtime: 103 min Release Date: 13 Feb 1981
This is an excellent film.Starting out as a slow paced and peculiar drama,it evolves into something bigger and scarier.William Hurt plays the lead so good that there is noone who coulda done it better.Miss Weaver is also fine here and Christopher Plummer does an outstanding part as the ambassador tangled into the conspiracy resulting in murder. Also watch out for James "Woodsy" Woods in one of his early solid roles.His character is also fascinating,that of a coward posing as a Vietnam hero,with racist pretensions.William Hurt's Daryll Deever is truly flawless character.And <more>
also,mr.Morgan Freeman appears here as the policeman helping Deever to solve the crime and protecting him against the hidden threat. Excellent film-noirish thriller from the master Peter Yates. This one deserves a straight 10.
I enjoyed this film. It worked on all levels. In a world where we are very critical of filmmaking this one steals the prize and runs with the whole package. And plus Mrs. Weaver always RULES. You must see this for yourself if you are a film buff.
Gripping thriller on the backdrop of post-Vietnam America (by paolo_bf)
Sometime when I see how underrated some of my favorite movies are, I despair of my fellow human beings! This move has everything, fantastic turns from a young cast which includes the likes of William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver and Ed Woods, gripping suspense, an intelligent late 70's storyline which incorporates some of the paranoia of the political thriller genre. Some people complain about the alleged slowness of the action, this is attention to detail, where every single character is developed sympathetically and intelligently, down to Daryll's estranged girlfriend Pamela Reed and <more>
the two cops on the case, one of which is beautifully played by a thoughtful, pipe-smoking Morgan Freeman not so young possibly, but slightly less well-known at the time . 'Bullitt' director Peter Yates, beside making an excellent thriller, takes the time and make the space to create a rich late 70's tapestry of enjoyable characters and situations, while exploring sexual and romantic relationships and the mores of the time 'the way we were' on the backdrop of post-Vietnam America.
Parts are slow, and parts are non-sequitirs that don't quite add up. But the dialogues is marvelous, the acting terrific, and the suspense constant. Great bits by James Woods, Christopher Plummer, Stephen Hill, and Morgan Freeman add to the irony and the enjoymnent. It's fun to watch William Hurt before he got so jaundiced.
A benchmark film. (by davemci)
Superb, a truly outstanding work that delivers in all departments.If you like intelligent films where the dialog and plot by turns amuse, scare, grip, thrill and astound you - then you are in for a treat.The only negative feeling I had after watching this film was some sorrow that 23 years on from its release, there have been so few other films that can match it.
A Buried, Character-Driven, Well-Cast Gem (by jzappa)
This 1981 murder thriller, from a big studio with big stars of the time, with corny vintage taglines and advertisements, is good entertainment squarely because it pays more application to its people than its story. It's indubitably set in America, from the innards of a Manhattan boiler room to the newsroom of a TV station, even though it's about such real, involved, curious, and occasionally hilarious people that it have got to at the least be transatlantic.This underrated neo-noir stars William Hurt as a janitor who happens upon proof that could lead to the conclusion of a murder <more>
investigation. But he doesn't go to the police with it because he's too reticent, too reflective, too doubtful of what he's seen and, mainly, he's too much in love from a distance with Sigourney Weaver's TV news reporter. Perhaps he can gain her regard by giving her the inside story.There are other dilemmas. Sigourney Weaver's fiancée is an Israeli agent played by Christopher Plummer, who is embroiled in cloak-and-dagger overseas interventions to smuggle Jews out of the Soviet Union. His plan concerns secret fees to a corrupt Vietnamese agent who has now moved to Manhattan. The other characters include James Woods, as Hurt's impetuous and short-fused best friend and recently fired colleague, and Steven Hill and Morgan Freeman as a couple of stoic cops who ponderously trace leads in the case. One of their memorably stoic quips: "When Aldo was a little boy, he must have wanted to be a suspect when he grew up."The advancement and resolution of the murder mystery are handled rather conventionally by director Peter Yates, who made some great thrillers like The Hot Rock and Bullitt, and his screenwriter, Steve Tesich. A climactic showdown in a midtown riding stable and its barely existent denouement has a touch of every thriller from the 1980s. But what makes this movie so enjoyable is the way Yates and Tesich and their characters play against our assumptions. It shows that there really is no excuse for a lack of cutting edge or creative spirit in genre films, because this one achieves a very poised harmony of the familiar and the original, predictability and unpredictability. Genres rely upon the audience's savvy and familiarity, on the seasoning they've stengthened from seeing movies and the frame of comparable encounters from they can evoke.Weaver is not only a TV newswoman, but also a determined pianist on the side and the dejected daughter of her oppressive parents. Hurt is not only a janitor but also an emotional introvert, an animal lover who can rhapsodize his way into Weaver's heart. Woods is not only an unhinged janitor but also the forceful advocate of a marriage between his sister and Hurt. Hurt and the sister continue the engagement because they are both too nice to tell the other one they're not in love. And as a mystery thriller, it gives us multiple conceivable suspects and resolutions to the murder it sets up as a way of misleading us until the proper time to reveal the killer.I've seen so many thrillers that, honestly, I don't always care that much how they resolve lest they're particularly well-crafted. What I like about this buried gem is that, where it has regard for how it turns out, it has even more regard for the essence of its scenes. There's not a scene in this movie that just constitutes plot information. Every scene defines characters. And they're developed in such uncommon integrity to the way people do act that we get all the more consumed in the mystery, merely considering that we comparatively trust it could actually be real. Actually, I'm going to buckle and say that there is one tagline for this movie that is pretty good: "You're never more vulnerable than when you've seen too much."
So the rich have daydreams, too!" unusual love story (by manuel-pestalozzi)
Eyewitness is an unusual movie with an excellent cast. The story is not entirely plausible and the viewers are led astray more then once, but it serves well to highlight the main issue, the love story between a Vietnam vet who works as a janitor and a high class TV reporter.William Hurt plays the Vietnam vet against stereotype. His character is warm and friendly. And he has a way with animals. He seems to be reasonably happy with his situation and tries hard to be perfect in every social relation he is in. He is a man with principles. But he is also strangely scary, somehow one soon <more>
understands that he is well acquainted with violence. Whenever he comes home he enacts an attack routine with his fierce dog reminded me of the Cato-Clouseau fights in the Pink Panther series . Once he sees someone attacked he uses his heavy motorcycle chain aptly for his self defense.Sigourney Weaver is the TV reporter, daughter of rich Russian immigrants. Her fiancé the usual excellent performance by Christopher Plummer is involved in smuggling Jews out of the Soviet Union and the reporter's parents support him. The Vietnam vet has a huge crush on this TV personality and tapes all her broadcasts.A murder in the office building in which the vet works as a janitor causes a face to face meeting between these two people. The vet starts wooing her vigorously without much ado offering to buff her floors etc. , trying to make himself interesting by insinuating he knows more about the crime than he is ready to admit without concessions" on the reporter's part.Mutual attraction draws this two people with different backgrounds together and they learn to respect and love each other. This process is backed by good dialog and insights see quote in title it's as moving and tasteful as a movie love story can get. Juxtaposed to this romance is a great scene between the vet and his girlfriend, the sister of a war buddy James Woods, in the stereotype Vietnam vet role who forced them into the relationship. They meet in the sweat shop the girl works in and confess to each other that they both are not in love. It is moving how both of them heave a sigh of relief now it's in the open and how they seem to appreciate each other more from that moment on.Eyewitness can be praised for its humanity. All characters are drawn with love and appreciation, even the police officers who do nothing but sit around in their patrol car a stoic Morgan Freeman and Steven Hill are humans with human concerns that make them likable. Maybe it's a movie one will keep in mind not as a whole but as a collection of several excellent scenes. The last one I want to mention is the conversation between the Plummer character and the girl's parents. Plummer has a confession to make and says defiantly that sometimes one has to commit atrocities for a noble cause to succeed. The girl's father makes it quietly clear that a line has to be drawn however noble the cause and that it has been surpassed. The other man tries to argue the point, the girl's father stays firm in his quiet but authoritative way. It left quite an impression.
At the time of its release, early in Hurt's period of greatest exposure, and directly following the directing/writing team's BREAKING AWAY, this film was regarded as a disappointment and is not much mentioned now. But the cast-list all by itself is a triumph-- I can't think of a mainstream film that showcases so many wonderful actors. As the family Hurt almost marries into, James Woods and two terrific stage actors, Pamela Reed and Kenneth McMillan, each with a showpiece scene watch Reed's warmth on realizing she won't have to go through with a marriage she doesn't <more>
want . McMillan, the greatest modern American Falstaff prior to Kevin Kline, deserves a cult beyond his DUNE maleficence. As aristos with guns, Christopher Plummer and brilliant Irene Worth are less distinctively scripted but bring class to class-hatred roles. And in the margins, the two best actors ever to share the front-seat of a police car, Morgan Freeman and Steven Hill. Acting teachers should run this film as class text.