Witness for the Prosecution
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Witness for the Prosecution
Having just recovered from a heart attack, fabled British barrister Sir Wilfred Robards (Charles Laughton) has been ordered by his doctor to give up everything he holds dear-brandy, cigars and especially courtroom cases. Robards' already shaky resolve to follow doctor's orders flies out the window when he takes up the defense of Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power), a personable young man accused of murdering a rich old widow. The case becomes something of a sticky wicket when Vole's "loving" German wife Christine (Marlene Dietrich) announces that she's not legally married to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"His theatrical mise-en-scene -- his proscenium framing -- serves the material well, as does Charles Laughton's bombastic portrayal of the defense attorney."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"And the air in the courtroom fairly crackles with emotional electricity, until that staggering surprise in the last reel."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Too much artificiality."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"...the film's origins as an Agatha Christie novel and play, combine to give the movie a heavy -- almost stolid -- theatrical flavour."
‑ , Time Out
"Marlene Dietrich tries not to give anything away as usual while Agatha Christie's whodunit plot whirs tidily about her expressionless beauty."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"A slew of terrific performances help to elevate Wilder's twist-ridden courtroom drama above your standard fare in the genre."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Marlene Dietrich, Billy Wilder, Agatha Christie: What's not to like?"
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"It's got enough unpredictable twists of its own to satisfy even Judge Judy's appetite for justice."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"A courtroom meller played engagingly and building evenly to a surprising and arousing, albeit tricked-up, climax..."
‑ , Variety
"Wilder's adaptation is guilty of being absolutely marvelous."
‑ , Film4
"Wilder plays the suspense well, but this movie belongs to Laughton, who makes his every line resonate like music and thunder."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Splendid version of the play with perfect cast and Wilder at the helm."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"witty, great fun. Dietrich is top notch."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
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