Witness for the Prosecution Reviews

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August 15, 2007
His theatrical mise-en-scene -- his proscenium framing -- serves the material well, as does Charles Laughton's bombastic portrayal of the defense attorney.
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January 26, 2006
...the film's origins as an Agatha Christie novel and play, combine to give the movie a heavy -- almost stolid -- theatrical flavour.
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February 13, 2001
A courtroom meller played engagingly and building evenly to a surprising and arousing, albeit tricked-up, climax...
January 1, 2000
And the air in the courtroom fairly crackles with emotional electricity, until that staggering surprise in the last reel.
October 30, 2018
it's Laughton who is afforded free reign to explore his character and demonstrates impeccable comic timing.
September 11, 2018
Laughton knocks it out of the park as Robarts, and his scenes with real-life missus Lanchester are hysterical.
July 16, 2018
The whole film is so indubit- ably, exuberantly recommendable (for aunts. grandparents, grandchildren, highbrows, low- brows, husbands, wives, and almost anyone else you can think of at any end of the scale.
October 17, 2014
Every time the story strays from Sir Wilfrid, the interest level goes down a notch. Fortunately for the viewer, it doesn't get away from him very long at any point.
July 22, 2014
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.
February 8, 2012
Marlene Dietrich tries not to give anything away as usual while Agatha Christie's whodunit plot whirs tidily about her expressionless beauty.
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