Witness for the Prosecution
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

An unusual murder case tempts an ailing barrister back into action in this courtroom drama based on an Agatha Christie play.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 1, 1957
DVD Release Date: December 11, 2001
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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

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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

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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Time Out

...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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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

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Wilder's adaptation is guilty of being absolutely marvelous.

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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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Noel Murray
The Dissolve

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.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 95% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The star here is definitely Charles Laughton, who steals the show and makes each one of his lines sound memorable in this delightfully witty and clever plot by… More
Luke Baldock
One of those films that shows how truly incredible films transcend time and place. Witness for the Prosecution had me gripped, more than any recent film has, or… More
Michael Gildea
Witness for the Prosecution is a wonderfully-directed, by-the-numbers courtroom drama based on an Agatha Christie play. The story doesn't tread too much… More
Red Lats
Whodunits are always interesting. A high-profile lawyer (Sir Wilfred Robarts) defends his client in court, but the client's wife provides some damning… More
Aj V
This movie was too boring, I didn't watch it all the way through.
Cindy I
Great movie with an ending I never saw coming. Charles Laughton is always good, but Tyrone Power stood out for me as well.