Eyewitness (1981 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Peter Yates|
|Produced by||Peter Yates|
|Written by||Steve Tesich|
|Music by||Stanley Silverman|
|Cinematography||Matthew F. Leonetti|
|Edited by||Cynthia Scheider|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$4.5 million (US/ Canada)|
Eyewitness is a 1981 thriller film produced and directed by Peter Yates and written by Steve Tesich. It stars William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Christopher Plummer and James Woods. The story involves a television news reporter and a janitor who team up to solve a murder.
New York janitor Daryll Deever (Hurt) is an avid fan of television news reporter Tony Sokolow (Weaver). A wealthy man suspected of criminal connections is murdered in Daryll's office building and Tony suspects Deever knows something about it.
She keeps after him for information, a pursuit Daryll allows because he is romantically interested in Tony, and a "cat and mouse" game ensues. This convinces the real killers that Daryll does know vital information about the murder, so he and Tony end up with their lives in danger over this false assumption.
- William Hurt as Daryll Deever
- Sigourney Weaver as Tony Sokolow
- Christopher Plummer as Joseph
- James Woods as Aldo
- Irene Worth as Mrs. Sokolow
- Kenneth McMillan as Mr. Deever
- Pamela Reed as Linda
- Steven Hill as Lt. Jacobs
- Morgan Freeman as Lt. Black
- Alice Drummond as Mrs. Eunice Deever
- Keone Young as Mr Long's Son
The news equipment and promotional posters actually belonged to the real television station, WNEW-TV in New York, now known as the Fox owned-and-operated TV station WNYW Fox 5. Several station employees cameod in the film. Sigourney Weaver, whose father Sylvester "Pat" Weaver had been a top network television executive, also worked for the station in order to gain experience. Today, both WNYW and the film are owned by Fox's corporate owner, 21st Century Fox.
- Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p259
- Solomon p 235. Figures are rentals not gross.
- Lanken, Dane (1981-03-09). "'Eyewitness' well-flavored". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2011-04-24.
- Eyewitness at the Internet Movie Database
- Eyewitness at the TCM Movie Database
- Eyewitness at Rotten Tomatoes
- Eyewitness at Box Office Mojo
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