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Perfect Witness (1989)

A witness to a mob killing has second thoughts about testifying when he realizes his family might become a target.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Story of a man (Quinn) who witnesses a mob killing and rather than testify he goes to prison. When released, he decides to finally testify, even though it means that he and his family will have to go into the "witness protection program" thereby disrupting their lives. However, an unexpected courtroom maneuver by the prosecuting attorney (Dennehy) changes the outcome for this man. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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It took a mob to run the city -- and one man to put them away.

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28 October 1989 (USA)  »

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Der perfekte Zeuge  »

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Deteriorating Characters = Downer
3 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This kept my interest for over halfway but then story began to get a little too depressing and the language got offensive and the whole thing just sort of collapsed. Near the end, I could care less what happened.

I am used to hearing actor Brian Dennehy's verbal blasphemy. He's one of the worst of all times in that regard, abusing the Lord's name in vain, but it was disappointing to see Aiden Quinn's character, "Sam Paxton," slowly deteriorate. He was likable most of the way, and then started to cop an attitude. What happened to Stockard Channing's character "Liz" also was disappointing.

Overall, too much of a downer to recommend.


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