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Eyewitness (1981)

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.

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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 »


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13 February 1981 (USA)  »

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The Janitor Can't Dance  »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)

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$6,400,000
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Sigourney Weaver's character was based on an infatuation that Steve Tesich had with a Washington, D.C. anchorwoman, in which he recorded her broadcasts and had pictures of her like William Hurt's character had in the film for Weaver. The anchorwoman in question, was brought in by Peter Yates for technical support on the set, to make Weaver's character more believable. See more »

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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 »

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Aldo Mercer: She's just using you. You're a janitor, you asshole!
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Spoofed in Hot Shots! (1991) See more »

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slow but effective
15 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

This movie is great fun to see William Hurt, James Woods and Sigourney Weaver at the beginnings of their careers and when they were experiencing a good deal of success. The rest of the cast is top-notch. The story is very interesting and effective, though I found the film a bit uneven and slow.


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