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Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

NR 116 min - Drama, Mystery, Crime - 1 January 1957
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When Leonard Vole is arrested for the sensational murder of a rich, middle-aged widow, the famous Sir Wilfrid Robarts agrees to appear on his behalf. Sir Wilfrid, recovering from a near-fatal heart attack, is *supposed* to be on a diet of bland, civil suits. But the lure of the criminal courts is too much for him, especially when the case is so difficult: Vole's only alibi witness is his wife, the calm and coldly calculating Christine Vole. Sir Wilfrid's task becomes even more impossible when Christine agrees to be a witness not for the defence but for the prosecution.

Director:  Billy Wilder

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Storyline

When Leonard Vole is arrested for the sensational murder of a rich, middle-aged widow, the famous Sir Wilfrid Robarts agrees to appear on his behalf. Sir Wilfrid, recovering from a near-fatal heart attack, is *supposed* to be on a diet of bland, civil suits. But the lure of the criminal courts is too much for him, especially when the case is so difficult: Vole's only alibi witness is his wife, the calm and coldly calculating Christine Vole. Sir Wilfrid's task becomes even more impossible when Christine agrees to be a witness not for the defence but for the prosecution.



Tagline: Unmatched ...in a half century of motion picture suspense!

Genres: Drama, Mystery, Crime

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Language:  German, English
Release Date:  1 January 1957

Box Office

Budget:  $3,000,000
Revenue:  $9,000,000

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Edward Small Productions

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 56 min

Academy Award Nominations

ACTOR — Charles Laughton {“Sir Wilfrid Robarts”}
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Elsa Lanchester {“Miss Plimsoll”}
DIRECTING — Billy Wilder
FILM EDITING — Daniel Mandell
BEST MOTION PICTURE — Arthur Hornblow, Jr., Producer
SOUND RECORDING — Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Department, Gordon E. Sawyer, Sound Director 


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