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Witness for the Prosecution (1982 film)

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Genre  Drama
Initial release  December 4, 1982 (USA)
Running time  1h 37m
7.2/10 IMDb

Director  Alan Gibson
Music director  John Cameron
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Writer  Agatha Christie (play), Billy Wilder, Harry Kurnitz, Lawrence B. Marcus (adaptation), John Gay (written for television by)
Adapted from  Witness for the Prosecution
Cast  Diana Rigg (Christine Vole), Ralph Richardson (Sir Wilfred Robarts), Deborah Kerr (Nurse Plimsoll), Beau Bridges (Leonard Vole), Donald Pleasence (Mr. Myers), Wendy Hiller (Janet Mackenzie)
Similar movies  Music Box, 12 Angry Men, Dead Man Walking, Anatomy of a Murder, Philadelphia, A Few Good Men

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Witness for the Prosecution is a 1982 television film version of Agatha Christie's short story and play, and also a remake of the Billy Wilder film Witness for the Prosecution (1957).


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Plot summary

Sir Wilfred Robarts, a famed barrister, has just been released from the hospital in which he stayed for two months following a heart attack. Returning to his practise of law, he takes the case of Leonard Vole, an unemployed man who is accused of murdering his elderly friend, Mrs. Emily French. Vole claims he's innocent, although all evidence points to him as the killer, but his alibi witness, his cold German wife Christine, instead of entering the court as a witness for the defense, becomes the witness for the prosecution and defiantly testifies that her husband is guilty of the murder. Sir Wilfred believes there's something suspicious going on with the case, particularly with Mrs. Vole.


  • Ralph Richardson as Sir Wilfred Robarts
  • Deborah Kerr as Miss Plimsoll, the nurse
  • Diana Rigg as Christine Vole
  • Beau Bridges as Leonard Vole
  • Donald Pleasence as Mr. Myers, the prosecutor
  • Wendy Hiller as Janet Mackenzie, the housekeeper
  • David Langton as Mayhew, Vole's solicitor
  • Richard Vernon as Brogan-Moore, Sir Wilfred's colleague
  • Peter Sallis as the butler, Carter
  • Michael Gough as the Judge
  • Frank Mills as Chief Inspector Hearne
  • Primi Townsend as Diana
  • Patricia Leslie as Mrs. French
  • Production

    The film was directed by Alan Gibson, based on a teleplay by John Gay and the adaptation of Larry Marcus. The musical score was composed by John Cameron.

    The cast includes many veteran and well-known actors such as Ralph Richardson, Deborah Kerr, Diana Rigg, Donald Pleasence, Peter Sallis and Beau Bridges. Unlike the original Billy Wilder film, the TV version stays more faithful to the original Agatha Christie short story, including the scene where Sir Wilfred meets the scarred woman in an apartment at bad-fame streets of London, instead of meeting a cockney woman at the railway station as in the Wilder version.

    This version, also, instead of opening with Sir Wilfrid (renamed "Sir Wilfred") returning home, features an opening prologue where Janet Mackenzie returns to her employer's house, where she sees her laughing and drinking with someone, goes upstairs and takes a pattern from her room, and hears noise from downstairs, and discovers in shock her murdered employer, and the murderer escaped.

    Alan Gibson, the director of this film, also directed The Satanic Rites of Dracula, where Richard Vernon, who plays the part of Brogan-Moore in Witness for the Prosecution, had a small role.

    John Gay, the writer of the teleplay, also wrote teleplays for the Lux Video Theatre, a television anthology series. Lux Video Theatre also produced an adaptation of Witness for the Prosecution, in 1953 (four years before the Wilder version).


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