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4.8 out of 5 stars
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4.8 out of 5 stars
Witness for the Prosecution [DVD] [1957]
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 25 June 2016
A 1957 film starring Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton and Tyrone Power, <em>Witness for the Prosecution</em> is a murder mystery based on an Agatha Christie short story and play. It's also a little gem of easily overlooked enjoyable film making from the distant past.

The film ends with an appeal to audiences not to give away the plot, which nicely mixes initially a plausible, if at times deliberately comic, sequence of events. There are multiple suspects but the plot mostly avoids the pile up of bodies and coincidences which are at the heart of most Agatha Christie plots.

It's only right at the end that you get the sudden dramatic and implausible switchbacks, and even then they are done so tightly and at such pace that it makes for a very enjoyable movie all round. Along with a slightly odd interlude of a flashback scene with a huge cast and budget which seems to be there mainly to show off Marlene Dietrich's famous legs.
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on 21 July 2017
I was advised to watch this film as I love old films. Don't know how I've missed this one over the years. Thoroughly enjoyed watching it - so did my 30 year old nephew who normally likes Iron Man etc.
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on 8 May 2017
Disturbing, didn't know what to expect, was on edge watching this film, exciting and very well filmed. Characters come alive as the film very engaging film
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on 30 May 2017
Great original film - much better than the TV remake and more faithful to the Agatha Christie play. Well worth watching. Highly recommended.
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on 28 April 2017
One of the best novels by agatha Christie film only differs slightly to make a more spectacular ending
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on 23 May 2017
You just need to take the subtitles off the film before watching. I had forgotten how good this film was. Excellent acting great story line and a classic Agatha Christie. It has a bit of everything.
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on 5 August 2017
Fantastic film-classic viewing. This original surpasses all copies in recent years.
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on 10 August 2017
An excellent film -- lighter than more recent adaptations. All the performances are very good, though Tyrone Power over does things a bit when required to show any emotion. Hugely enjoyable and highly recommended.
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on 14 August 2017
Great film, excellent acting from an excellent cast.
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on 3 September 2017
A real classic. I saw this first time around and at the end of the film a notice came onto the screen , PLEASE do not tell your friends how the film has a surprise ending. As I say a real classic with comedy,dramatic court scenes,and surprises galore. Brilliant acting by all on screen.A MUST WATCH FILM.
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