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Witness for the Prosecution

Based on an Agatha Christie play, this Oscar-nominated mystery directed and co-written by Billy Wilder concerns an esteemed and aging lawyer (Charles Laughton). On the eve of retiring, he takes on the defense of an alleged murderer (Tyrone Power, in his final film performance) accused of killing a wealthy widow. Things get complicated when the accused's only alibi, his wife (Marlene Dietrich), decides to testify for the prosecution.
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Netflix Rating: 4.0
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 100%
Critics' score: 100   Audience score: 93   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

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

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

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

Variety, Variety

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

Bosley Crowther, New York Times
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  • Release Year: 1957
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 116 min
  • Available From: Mar 02, 2012
  • Queued by: 418 people
Directed By
Billy Wilder
Cast
Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, John Williams
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