Eyewitness (1981 film)

Theatrical release poster
Directed byPeter Yates
Written bySteve Tesich
Produced byPeter Yates
StarringWilliam Hurt
Sigourney Weaver
Christopher Plummer
James Woods
CinematographyMatthew F. Leonetti
Edited byCynthia Scheider
Music byStanley Silverman
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • February 13, 1981 (1981-02-13)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$8.5 million[1] or $6.4 million[2]
Box office$4.5 million (US/ Canada)[3]

Eyewitness (released in the UK as The Janitor) is a 1981 American neo-noir[4] 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.[5]

  1. ^ Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p259
  2. ^ YATES AND TESICH: 'BANKABLE' TEAM Taylor, Clarke. Los Angeles Times 25 May 1980: s43.
  3. ^ Solomon p 235. Figures are rentals not gross.
  4. ^ Silver, Alain; Ward, Elizabeth; eds. (1992). Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style (3rd ed.). Woodstock, New York: The Overlook Press. ISBN 0-87951-479-5
  5. ^ Lanken, Dane (1981-03-09). "'Eyewitness' well-flavored". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2011-04-24.

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