‘Slash Film: The 10 Best Harrison Ford Roles That Aren’t Han Solo Or Indiana Jones’

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Ford’s only Academy Award nomination is for the 1985’s “Witness.” In the crime thriller, Ford portrays police detective John Book, who seeks refuge in the Pennsylvania Amish community after he stumbles across a criminal conspiracy. Book temporarily moves in with a single mother, Rachel Lapp (Kelly McGillis), and her son, protecting them as he recovers from his wounds. As Book and Rachel fall in love, the corrupt police officers track down Book to his rural hideout and look to finish him off.

“Witness” feels very familiar, with its basic premise and romantic subplot, but its pastoral setting and humanist focus elevate what could have been a standard thriller. Ford’s self-assured performance tactfully conceals a surprising amount of sensitivity as Book gradually opens himself up to the community and family where he has found shelter. Beautiful in its subtlety and the natural chemistry between Ford and McGillis, “Witness” is a masterclass in the power of understated performance.

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Author: Samuel Stone
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January 15, 2023

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