|EYEWITNESS (aka:THE JANITOR) (director: Peter Yates; screenwriter: Steve Tesich; cinematographer: Mathew F. Leonetti; editor: Cynthia Scheider; music: Stanley Silverman; cast: William Hurt (Daryll Deever), Sigourney Weaver (Tony Sokolow), Christopher Plummer (Joseph), James Woods (Aldo Mercer), Irene Worth (Mrs Sokolow), Morgan Freeman (Lieutenant Black), Bill Mazer (Sports Announcer), Kenneth McMillan (Mr Deever), Pamela Reed (Linda), Albert Paulsen (Mr. Sokolow); Runtime: 102; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Peter Yates; 20th Century-Fox; 1981)|
|"The performances by Hurt and
by Dennis Schwartz
Yates ("Suspect"/"Year of the
Comet"/"Curtain Call") superbly helms this thin but
exciting thriller, as he adroitly keeps it from going
off the rails. It's written by Steve Tesich from
personal experience. The screenwriter once
worked as an office-building janitor and had a
crush on a New York City TV
newswoman he tried desperately to meet.
misfit shy janitor Daryll Deever (William Hurt) has a
crush on TV newscaster Tony Sokolow (Sigourney
Weaver). There's a murder in Daryll's building.
Newscaster Sokolow interviews the residents of the
apartment house. When Daryll is interviewed he
pretends he witnessed the killing, thereby hoping to
build a relationship with the reporter. It works, as
Sokolow takes notice of Daryll. The problem is the
real killer believes Daryll was a witness and hunts
him down. Also pursuing him as a result, is Tony's
smoothie boyfriend Joseph
The performances by Hurt and Plummer stand-out.
REVIEWED ON 4/14/2016 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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