Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
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Sir Wilfrid Robarts
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Mrs. Emily French
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Billy Wilder's 1957 film "Witness for the Prosecution" is rather excellent, which is why...
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His theatrical mise-en-scene -- his proscenium framing -- serves the material well, as does Charles Laughton's bombastic portrayal of the defense attorney.
...the film's origins as an Agatha Christie novel and play, combine to give the movie a heavy -- almost stolid -- theatrical flavour.
A courtroom meller played engagingly and building evenly to a surprising and arousing, albeit tricked-up, climax...
And the air in the courtroom fairly crackles with emotional electricity, until that staggering surprise in the last reel.
Witness For The Prosecution has the pace and patience of live theater, but not the look. Wilder doesn't get overly flashy with camera moves and angles, but he does shift positioning subtly and effectively.
Marlene Dietrich tries not to give anything away as usual while Agatha Christie's whodunit plot whirs tidily about her expressionless beauty.
This Oscar-nominated courtroom drama represents Billy Wilder at his most theatrical and old-fashioned, but the saga is enjoyable and so is the acting of all-star cast.
A slew of terrific performances help to elevate Wilder's twist-ridden courtroom drama above your standard fare in the genre.
Wilder plays the suspense well, but this movie belongs to Laughton, who makes his every line resonate like music and thunder.
Marlene Dietrich, Billy Wilder, Agatha Christie: What's not to like?
Splendid version of the play with perfect cast and Wilder at the helm.
Witness for the Prosecution is a witty, terse adaptation of the Agatha Christie hit play brought to the screen with ingenuity and vitality by Billy Wilder.
It's got enough unpredictable twists of its own to satisfy even Judge Judy's appetite for justice.
witty, great fun. Dietrich is top notch.
Audience Reviews for Witness for the Prosecution
- Miss Plimsoll: Sir Wilfrid. You've forgotten your brandy. [nurse Plimsoll knew her patient Wilfrid had alcohol in his thermos]
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