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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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Storyline

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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Release Date:

15 September 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,204,430 (USA)
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Trivia

Director Anthony Waller filmed Alec Guinness' scenes nine years before the rest of the film from an earlier draft of the screenplay. Guinness gave his performance in one morning before catching a plane. When Waller needed an additional scene, he used the film from earlier and reversed it. 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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References Rear Window (1954) See more »

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.terrifying, balanced by black humor, nerve wrecking tension
17 September 2001 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

"Mute Witness" is a terrifying roller coaster ride, with lots of black humor thrown in to perfect balance. What makes it so totally different from the usual thriller/horror, apart from its Moscow setting, the Russians are played by real Russians actors, even the American mute woman - excellent casting idea, because she acts brilliantly. More twists to the plot than you could hope for and the main part of the nerve wrecking tension comes from suggestion or chases and less from graphic violence, which one would expect from a film of that genre and plot. Apart from Alec Guinness' guest appearance, no big names, which only makes the film more attractive. I would be surprised if "Mute Witness" hasn't got cult status by now among the fans of the genre.


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