Eyewitness (1981)

Peter Yates' thriller stars William Hurt as Daryll, a maintenance man obsessed with TV newswoman Tony Sokolow (Sigourney Weaver). When a murder takes place in Daryll's building, Tony arrives to report on the crime; to get close to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 13, 1981
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2005
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Blowen
Boston Globe

Except for the ingratiating performances of Hurt and Weaver, this thriller-cum-mystery-cum-romance-cum-comedy is a victim of cinematic schizophrenia.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Every scene develops characters. And they're developed in such offbeat fidelity to the way people do behave that we get all the more involved in the mystery, just because, for once, we halfway believe it could really be happening.

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Dennis Schwartz
Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

The performances by Hurt and Plummer stand-out.

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Variety Staff

The story gets more and more strained before it's resolved.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A thoroughly delightful but far from plausible mystery melodrama that operates exclusively on high spirits and a no-nonsense intelligence that is never sidetracked by coherence.

TV Guide

Yates takes Tesich's basically wobbly story and makes much more out of it, driving the tale and the characters at a hectic pace and providing some truly unnerving moments.

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Time Out

An enjoyable entertainment whose box-office failure was thoroughly undeserved.

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Nick Rogers
Midwest Film Journal

Peter Yates' initially promising thriller becomes a turgid trifle that wastes its '40s-noir-in-'80s-fashion premise. The only thing more anemic than its mystery or social commentary? Hurt and Weaver's sexual chemistry. Film at 11, asleep by 11:30.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality & Practice

Eyewitness is a thoroughly engrossing thriller.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
A great mystery thriller with great actors, I really liked it and I recommend it.
Cassie Hill
Fairly good acting but it was a bit strange.
jay nixon
Good cast but lifeless.