Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

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Witness for the Prosecution

Tyrone Power stars in the first adaptation of Agatha Christie's stage play of the same name. Set in London, this classic American courtroom drama deals with the trial of a man accused for murder and won Elsa Lanchester a 1958 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.

The affable Leonard Vole (Power) is being tried for the murder of a wealthy woman, and legendary lawyer Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Charles Laughton) has chosen to represent him. Unfortunately, Leonard's alibi depends on the testimony of his callous wife, Christine (Marlene Dietrich), who, after the discovery of a legal loophole, makes the shocking decision to appear in court against him. To Sir Wilfrid's surprise, this is only the first in a series of puzzling revelations and reversals.

Winner of Best Supporting Actress (Lanchester), 1958 Golden Globes.
1957Rating: PG, Violence116 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

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A courtroom meller played engagingly and building evenly to a surprising and arousing, albeit tricked-up, climax...

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Time Out

Time Out

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...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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The New York Times

The New York Times

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And the air in the courtroom fairly crackles with emotional electricity, until that staggering surprise in the last reel.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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Marlene Dietrich tries not to give anything away as usual while Agatha Christie's whodunit plot whirs tidily about her expressionless beauty.

4.0
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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

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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.

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Variety

Variety

press

A courtroom meller played engagingly and building evenly to a surprising and arousing, albeit tricked-up, climax...

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

...the film's origins as an Agatha Christie novel and play, combine to give the movie a heavy -- almost stolid -- theatrical flavour.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

And the air in the courtroom fairly crackles with emotional electricity, until that staggering surprise in the last reel.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Marlene Dietrich tries not to give anything away as usual while Agatha Christie's whodunit plot whirs tidily about her expressionless beauty.

4.0
0
Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

press

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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