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Witness for the Prosecution (1958)

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Starring (View all)
Cap Somers Cap Somers
Courtroom Spectator
Bert Stevens Bert Stevens
Courtroom Spectator
Arthur Tovey Arthur Tovey
Courtroom Spectator
Ben Wright Ben Wright
Barrister Reading Charges
Glen Walters Glen Walters
Courtroom Spectator
Lucile Sewall Lucile Sewall
Courtroom Spectator
Scott Seaton Scott Seaton
Courtroom Spectator
Jeffrey Sayre Jeffrey Sayre
Clerk at Old Bailey


Written by (View all)
Billy Wilder Billy Wilder
(screen play) and
Harry Kurnitz Harry Kurnitz
(screen play)


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A classic

6 years ago at Oct 16 21:47
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Since this movie has a very good reputation, I was really eager to check it out. Eventually, I wasn't disappointed. To be honest, I was a little bit worried at first because there were too many jokes for my taste but I was soon won over by Charles Laughton's marvelous performance. Indeed, I kept hearing so many great things about this thespian but, after watching this flick, I'm convinced the gu... read more

WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

12 years, 3 months ago at Jul 26 14:19
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I have always been very partial to films with a surprise ending and "Witness for the Prosecution" has a real stunner. I also enjoy courtroom dramas and this is one of the best. Add to this great performances by a exemplary cast and one of my favourite directors Billy Wilder (who also co-wrote the screenplay) and you can't lose! Charles Laughton's performance alone makes the film well worth seeing.... read more
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When Leonard Vole is arrested for the sensational murder of a rich, middle-aged widow, the famous Sir Wilfrid Robarts agrees to appear on his behalf. Sir Wilfrid, recovering from a near-fatal heart attack, is *supposed* to be on a diet of bland, civil suits. But the lure of the criminal courts is too much for him, especially when the case is so difficult: Vole's only alibi witness is his wife, the calm and coldly calculating Christine Vole. Sir Wilfrid's task becomes even more impossible when Christine agrees to be a witness not for the defence but for the prosecution.
Release date: 6 February 1958
UPC: 027616869425
Tags: Trial (9), Mystery (9), Crime (8), 1950s (8), Courtroom (8), Murder (7), Drama (6), Thriller (6), 1957 (5), Usa (5), Widow (4), Investigation (4), Twist In The End (4), Nurse (4), Based On Play (4), Black And White (4), Bigamy (3), Billy Wilder (3), Inheritance (3)
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