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Mute Witness (1994)

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Billy Hughes, a mute makeup artist working on a slasher film being shot in Moscow, is locked in the studio after hours. While there she witnesses a brutal murder, and must first escape ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marina Zudina ...
Billy Hughes (as Marina Sudina)
Fay Ripley ...
Karen Hughes
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Andy Clarke
Oleg Yankovskiy ...
Larsen (as Oleg Jankowskij)
Igor Volkov ...
Arkadi
Sergei Karlenkov ...
Lyosha (as Sergej Karlenkov)
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The Reaper (as Mystery Guest Star)
Aleksandr Pyatkov ...
(as Alexander Piatkov)
Nikolai Pastukhov ...
Janitor (as Nikolai Pastuhov)
Aleksandr Bureyev ...
(as Alexander Buriev)
Stephen Bouser ...
Lovett
Valeri Barakhtin ...
Mitja (as Valeri Barahtin)
Nikolay Chindyaykin ...
(as Nikolai Chindjaikin)
Vyacheslav Naumenko ...
(as Vasheslav Naumenko)
Larisa Khusnolina ...
(as Larisa Husnolina)
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Billy Hughes, a mute makeup artist working on a slasher film being shot in Moscow, is locked in the studio after hours. While there she witnesses a brutal murder, and must first escape capture at that time, then keep from being killed before convincing authorities of what she's seen. Plot twists galore follow as Billy tries to stay alive. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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En stum makeup-kunstner bliver vidne til et brutalt mord. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and a strong scene combining sex and violence | See all certifications »

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15 September 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Testigo mudo  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,204,430 (USA)
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Trivia

Shooting equipment for the film was flown out to Moscow whereupon it was immediately impounded by corrupt customs officials who demanded $60,000 in customs duty to release it. With a little diplomacy, a few thousand dollars and a lot of vodka, the producers were able to free the equipment. See more »

Goofs

When Karen is holding the gun inside Billy's apartment, it suddenly disappears from her hand. A few moments later, it appears in Andy's hand. See more »

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Late Night Surprise -- Suspense!
11 October 1999 | by (Astoria, NY) – See all my reviews

I couldn't stop watching this movie, though it was far past my bedtime.

Comparisons to Hitchcock are deserved -- this thing really plays with you. It walks a wonderful line between real, immediate suspense and a dark, distancing humor. Like many of Hitch's heroes, our doe-eyed mute witness has innocently stumbled into something truly horrific -- and we are taken on quite a ride with her, at turns identifying totally and feeling her fear, at turns watching in thrilling suspense as she is placed further in jeopardy.

The filmmakers have put in a lot of tender care in working this out. Right from the opening shots, they engage and challenge you to determine what is real and what is fabrication; who is to be trusted and who is a monster. The plot twists and turns unpredictably. Suspense is created with a combination of carefully chosen camerawork, imagery, music -- but most simply THE EYES of the characters, which sends raw fear right into you.

A warning: there is some frighteningly real gore, as well as some nudity. The horror scenes are done in an emotional way that make them far more scary and disturbing than in any teenage-slasher pic.

And a teen-slasher pic it AIN'T. The characters are quirky and feel like real people, for one thing -- a couple (including the heroine) you may even find endearing as I did. There will be no mistake you're watching a movie made for grown-ups. I mean, Alec Guinness is in it, briefly, and you know he didn't NEED the work!

Pop this in the VCR some night when you can't sleep. . . and don't want to, yet.


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