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Eyewitness (1981)

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Eccentric Vietnam War vet turned janitor claims to have witnessed a murder of a man tied to international political underground in order to get the attention of a TV reporter he has a huge crush on. The cops suspect his loser best friend.

Director:

Peter Yates

Writer:

Steve Tesich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Hurt ... Daryll Deever
Sigourney Weaver ... Tony Sokolow
Christopher Plummer ... Joseph
James Woods ... Aldo
Irene Worth ... Mrs. Sokolow
Kenneth McMillan ... Mr. Deever
Pamela Reed ... Linda Mercer
Albert Paulsen ... Mr. Sokolow
Steven Hill ... Lt. Jacobs
Morgan Freeman ... Lt. Black
Alice Drummond ... Mrs. Deever
Sharon Chatten Sharon Chatten ... Israeli Woman (as Sharon Goldman)
Chao Li Chi ... Mr. Long
Keone Young ... Mr. Long's Son
Dennis Sakamoto Dennis Sakamoto ... Vietnamese Man #1
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Storyline

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 introduce himself. She thinks he may know something, so she pursues him; he pretends he might to keep her interested. This romantic cat and mouse game goes on under the watchful eyes of the killers, who think that Daryll and Tony do know something. The killers start their own game of cat and mouse. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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You're never more vulnerable than when you've seen too much. See more »


Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1981 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

The Janitor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,400,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The climax of the picture takes place in a riding-stable where the horses 'live' upstairs and come and go via a series of ramps: this was clearly filmed at (or on interior-recreations of) the Claremont stables, close to Central Park ,one of the last of its kind in central New York City and which is now sadly extinct. See more »

Goofs

There is a security camera very obviously placed in the outer office outside of where the murder takes place, yet during the investigation no mention is made of it. However, perhaps (circa 1981) it's a closed-circuit, live feed only (no recordings made), and no one viewing the live security screens noticed anything unusual. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Jacobs: Whoever killed Long is a hero in my book.
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Alternate Versions

Runs 93 minutes long on Capacitance Electronic Disc (CED), also commonly known RCA Selectavision Videodisc. See more »

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An unusual thriller
23 May 1999 | by Paul-250See all my reviews

William Hurt stars as the brooding janitor in this sub-Hitchcockian thriller directed by Peter Yates (Bullitt). No-one in the film is quite what they seem, and Hurt plays the role of ambivalent hero/anti hero intelligently. Sigourney Weaver shows what a fine actress she really is whilst Christopher Plummer adds gravitas to the proceedings. Like Benton's Still Of The Night the film is well-crafted and often intriguing. Definitely well worth watching.


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