Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

DVD - 2001
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A man is accused of murdering his wealthy woman friend in order to get an early inheritance. His barrister is surprised when the man's apparently loving wife announces that they aren't legally married, and she intends to testify against him.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, c2001.
ISBN: 9780792851660
0792851668
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Witne dvd 33164002983877 dvd 12.00 dvdfic 220066 cpy 1 aurora
MOVIE Witne
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.

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Courier2003
Oct 14, 2020

Excellent. The interaction between Charles Laughton and his nurse very entertaining. Charles is the king of barristers. A surprise ending.

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lavasushi
Aug 10, 2020

Not my era for film, but I liked it. Snappy dialogue, great cast, twist at the end.

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Ron@Ottawa
Dec 14, 2019

The interaction between the barrister, played by Laughton, and his nurse is probably is tad corny. This aside, the film has a good flow and the ending is extraordinary. A great, timeless crime drama by Billy Wilder.

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Caro12
Apr 14, 2019

What a great old movie!

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aecorbet
Mar 09, 2019

One of the finest examples of the noir genre.

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Onewhoissaved
Nov 10, 2018

This is a Billy Wilder film but might have been done by Hitchcock. An outstanding cast delivers a fine performance. Sadly this was the last film ever completed by 43-year-old screen legend Tyrone Power. People didn't even bother to shrug off that co-star Marlene Dietrich was 13 years older than Power and yet their love relationship was acceptable. Dietrich was cast against numerous male screen legends and usually was older than they were. I wondered about her very old looking hands during the bar room scene. Oscar winner Charles Laughton was married to Elsa Lancaster from 1929 to his death in 1962. Lancaster and Lancaster were nominated for Academy Awards for their respective roles in this film. Overall this film has kept its integrity and entertainment value for 61 years and running.

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jonsugar
Sep 28, 2018

I'd like to see this film now

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ManMachine
Jul 17, 2018

This 1957 courtroom drama of ultimate treachery and betrayal was frequently spoiled for me by that sniveling, pompous actor, Charles Laughton, who played the "Sir" Wilfred Roberts character.

IMO - Laughton (and his insufferable blubbering) was given way-way too much screen-time. And I sure got real sick of his shtick - Real fast.

As expected - Marlene Dietrich gets to do her trademark "man-drag" thing, once again, in this picture. You know, I think that she has been given the chance to do this same, tiresome business in at least a third of all the films that she has ever appeared in.

*Note* - This would be Tyrone Power's final film. He died of a heart attack the following year after its release. He was 44 at the time.

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downsman
May 10, 2018

I watched this having watched the 2016 BBC remake recently and have to say that this classic effort is much more satisfying. For some reason I had assumed it was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and was surprised that it was actually helmed by Billy Wilder, which probably explains why it has more humour than the dour and depressing remake .

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nordicleather
Feb 01, 2018

What more can be said about the movie "Witness for the Prosecution". The all star cast of Charles Laughton, Marlena Dietrich, Tyronne Power, Elsa Lanchester, is a real trip down memory lane of cinema greats. The plot of deceit & trickery is supported by the all star cast. Otherwise, audiences would not have been convinced of the plot. I give Witness for the Prosecution 4 &a half out of 5 stars.

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