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Witness for the Prosecution (Blu-ray)

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Format:  Blu-ray
item number:  39SYQ
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 56 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: July 22, 2014
  • Originally Released: 1957
  • Label: KL Studios Classics
  • Note: Billy Wilder discussing Witness For The Prosecution with director Volker Schlöndorf
    • Original theatrical trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
  • Audio:
    • DTS - English, German
    • Subtitles - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Screenplay by &
Original story by
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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

  - Sir Wilfred Robarts (Charles Laughton)

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 31


User Ratings: 8,911
A courtroom meller played engagingly and building evenly to a surprising and arousing, albeit tricked-up, climax... Full Review
Feb 13, 2001
Rating: 5/5 -- [Marlene Dietrich] was never better than she is here. Full Review
Times (UK)
Jan 30, 2007
Rating: 4/5 -- Marlene Dietrich tries not to give anything away as usual while Agatha Christie's whodunit plot whirs tidily about her expressionless beauty. Full Review
Empire Magazine
Feb 8, 2012
Rating: 4.5/5 -- 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. Full Review
The Dissolve
Jul 22, 2014
His theatrical mise-en-scene -- his proscenium framing -- serves the material well, as does Charles Laughton's bombastic portrayal of the defense attorney. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Aug 15, 2007
Rating: 4.5/5 -- And the air in the courtroom fairly crackles with emotional electricity, until that staggering surprise in the last reel. Full Review
New York Times
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 4.5/5 -- Wilder's adaptation is guilty of being absolutely marvelous. Full Review
Feb 8, 2012

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.



Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 85,341
  • UPC: 738329132620
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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