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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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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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Danger. Plot holes ahead.
6 December 2002 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Perfect Witness" is a typical journeyman HBO tv flick which tells of a small time restauranteur (Quinn) in NYC who witnesses a gangland hit, identifies the killer from mug shots but refuses to testify, and finds himself being squeezed by a US Attorney (Dennehy) and the mob with equal vigor. Overall the film is a mediocre telling of an interesting story with a hook at the end which is almost worth the wait. All drama with no action, romance, sex, or other trimmings, "Perfect Witness" makes for a flawed but okay watch for the needy channel surfer. (C+)


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