Witness (1985)

Harrison Ford is Detective John Book, hiding out from his rogue boss in Amish country. Kelly McGillis is Rachel Lapp, the repressed widow with whom he falls in love. The detective story turned forbidden romance could have easily been your run of the mill romance, the kind of films made from Nicholas Sparks books. That type of film obviously has an audience, but Witness, in the hands of a superior filmmaker in Peter Weir (Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Truman Show) and blessed by Harrison Ford’s best performance, goes deeper. It’s one of the most passionate films made in Hollywood, and this scene is the payoff. After about an hour and a half of staring at each other and holding themselves back, the two leads finally throw caution to the wind and share a kiss along with an embrace. The bizarre soundtrack somehow works perfectly, and the cinematography is stunning.

-Walter Howard-

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