Witness for the Prosecution

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Witness for the Prosecution
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Rating 4.8
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DVD Features:

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Languages: English & French
  • Subtitles in English, French & Spanish
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 56 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1957
  • Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.66
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.66
  • Audio:
    • Mono - English, French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Liar!"
  - Sir Wilfred Robarts (Charles Laughton)

Entertainment Reviews:

Total Film - 10/01/2000
"...Wilder's wit enlivens the courtroom scenes..."

Description by OLDIES.com:

When a wealthy widow is found murdered, her married suitor, Leonard Vole (Power), is accused of the crime. Vole's only hope for acquittal is the testimony of his wife (Dietrich)...but his airtight alibi shatters when she reveals some shocking secrets of her own!

Product Description:

Charles Laughton stars as barrister Sir Wilfrid Robarts in Billy Wilder's screen version of Agatha Christie's enormously successful stage adaptation of her original story. Although the ailing attorney has been advised by his doctors to cease and desist from the practice of law, his interest is piqued when solicitor Mayhew (Henry Daniell) asks him to take the case of murderer suspect Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power). After evidence that he stood to gain financially from the victim's death comes to light, the man is indicted. Robarts, nonetheless, agrees to defend Vole, convinced as he is of his innocence. But the case becomes even more of an uphill battle when the defendant's supposedly loving wife Christine (Marlene Dietrich) decides to testify as a witness for the prosecution. Wilder expanded Christie's play, creating the role of Robarts' housekeeper Miss Plimsoll (played by Laughton's actual wife Elsa Lanchester), whose badinage with her employer provides a comic counterpoint to the film's melodrama. Bravura performances by Dietrich and Laughton fuel the entertaining courtroom drama, which also features fine work by Tyrone Power in his last screen appearance.

Plot Keywords:

Courtroom | Crime | Essential Cinema | Law / Lawyers | Mystery | Suspense | Thriller

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  • UPC: 027616869425
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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