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Writer:
Anthony Waller (written by)
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Release Date:
15 September 1995 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She Can't Speak. She Can't Scream. She Can't Beg For Mercy. See more »
Plot:
Billy Hughes, a mute makeup artist working on a slasher film being shot in Moscow, is locked in the studio after hours... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Tense and gritty little thriller! See more (59 total) »

Cast

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Marina Zudina ... Billy Hughes (as Marina Sudina)
Fay Ripley ... Karen Hughes

Evan Richards ... Andy Clarke
Oleg Yankovskiy ... Larsen (as Oleg Jankowskij)
Igor Volkov ... Arkadi
Sergei Karlenkov ... Lyosha (as Sergej Karlenkov)

Alec Guinness ... 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)
Olga Tolstetskaya ... Actress
Denis Karasyov ... Fake policeman (as Denis Karasiov)
Igor Ilyin ... Fake policeman (as Igor Iljin)
Oleg Abramov ... Double
Yuriy Sherstnyov (as Uri Sherstiniov)
Lyudmila Makeyeva (as Ludmilla Makeeva)
Vladimir Salnikov ... Lab assistant
Sascha Buchman ... Alex
Natalya Polyushkina (as Natalia Poliushkina)
Konstantin Sitnikov ... Angry props manager
Regina Peter ... Telephone operator's voice (voice)
Pete Drummond ... Additional Voices (voice)
Norbert Soentgen ... Peeping Tom

Directed by
Anthony Waller 
 
Writing credits
Anthony Waller (written by)

Produced by
Aleksandr Atanesyan .... co-producer (as Alexander Atanesjan)
Alexander Buchman .... producer
Richard Claus .... executive producer
Marina Kapustina .... line producer
Werner König .... associate producer
Pieter Lony .... associate producer
Grigori Ryazhsky .... co-producer
Norbert Soentgen .... producer
Anthony Waller .... producer
 
Original Music by
Wilbert Hirsch 
 
Cinematography by
Egon Werdin (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter R. Adam 
 
Casting by
Noel Davis 
Elena Denisova 
Nina Sokol-Matsuk 
 
Production Design by
Matthias Kammermeier 
 
Art Direction by
Barbara Becker 
 
Costume Design by
Svetlana Luzanova 
 
Makeup Department
Arina Morozova .... makeup artist (as Irina Morozova)
Maria Smirnova .... makeup assistant (as Masha Smirnova)
 
Production Management
Tatyana Zhigayeva .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Boris Blank .... assistant director
Marat Rafikov .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Tamara Garanch .... set dresser
Valery Gorkov .... set dresser
Steffi Kammermeier .... props coordinator (as Stephie Kammermeier)
Vladimir Murzin .... construction architect
Vladimir Pasternak .... construction architect
Valery Semionov .... set dresser
Yelena Shkatova .... property master
Ludmilla Tebiakina .... props assistant
Victor Tolkochlov .... props assistant
 
Sound Department
Peter R. Adam .... adr editor
Albert Avramenko .... sound recordist
Richard Borowski .... sound re-recording mixer
Benedikt Just .... sound trainee
Alexander Kochubey .... boom operator
Manuel Laval .... sound effects editor
Manuel Laval .... supervising sound editor
Emilie McLaughlin .... assistant sound effects editor
Matthias Münster .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Jörn Poetzl .... foley artist
Valery Sharov .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Victor Orlov .... special effects
Pavel Terchov .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Christian Burgdorff .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Elia Antonova .... stunts
Aleksandr Balabushevich .... stunts
Sergey Chekrygin .... stunts
Vasili Grishin .... stunts
Zhana Izosimova .... stunts
Yuri Sysoev .... stunts (as Uri Sisoev)
Sergei Vorobyov .... stunt coordinator (as Sergei Vorobiov)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Valentina Andreanova .... primary lighting technician
Stefan Austmeyer .... first assistant camera
Victor Bailov .... primary lighting technician
Sergej Beliakov .... secondary lighting technician
Uri Dokuchaev .... camera operator
Elena Dunaykina .... clapper loader
Kiril Fedin-Krugliakov .... second assistant camera
Nikolai Gnesiuk .... still photographer
Uri Hazanov .... grip
Nikolai Ivanishin .... grip
Dimitri Krilov .... secondary lighting technician
Anton Kuligin .... video assist operator
Grigory Kunakovsky .... primary lighting technician
Alexei Kutsnetsov .... assistant camera: second unit
Boris Lamdon .... primary gaffer
Andrey Laptev .... primary lighting technician
Genady Lobachlov .... primary lighting technician
Ivan Mandur .... grip
Thomas Merker .... assistant camera
Anatoli Pashvikin .... still photographer
Nikolai Porschnev .... secondary lighting technician
Vladimir Rogozin .... secondary gaffer
Jekaterina Rudionov .... clapper loader
Michail Shikaliov .... grip
Anatoli Sokolov .... grip
Sergei Svetlyakov .... secondary lighting technician (as Sergej Svetliakov)
Dmitry Vostrov .... primary lighting technician
Anthony Waller .... camera operator
Egon Werdin .... camera operator
Oleg Zhuravfiov .... key grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Svetlana Avdeeva .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Bert Brücker .... negative cutter
Jörg Eybl .... color timer
Manuel Laval .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Boris Jojic .... orchestrator
Konstantin Krimets .... conductor
Arseniy Lapisov .... music recording supervisor (as Arseny Lapasov)
Frank Reinke .... music recordist
 
Other crew
Alexei Aleshkovski .... continuity
Yelena Boguslavskaya .... location manager (as Elena Boguslavskaya)
Valeri Bondarenko .... location manager
Ariane Büsch .... production assistant: Germany
Martina Elsner .... production secretary: Germany
Karl-Ludwig Frick .... computer programmer
Theodore Gershuny .... script consultant (as Ted Gerschuny)
Pia Greschner .... production assistant: Germany
Karin Jensen .... production secretary: Germany
Evgeny Kovalchuk .... production assistant
Rita Kovalenko .... production accountant
Rosa Kulabuhova .... production assistant
Natalya Polyushkina .... assistant: Mr. Waller (as Natalia Poliushkina)
Markus Rosenmüller .... script consultant (as Marcus Rosenmüller)
Alexander Sharafutdinov .... production assistant
Vlad Taupesh .... mask maker (as Vlad Taupes)
Martin Thau .... script consultant
Viola Winokan .... production assistant: Germany
Anne Lara .... press attache: France (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for violence and a strong scene combining sex and violence
Runtime:
95 min
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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:
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
References Halloween (1978)See more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Tense and gritty little thriller!, 20 February 2007
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

I went into this film expecting a slasher, and while Mute Witness does take influence from said style of film-making, this is much more than just your average slash flick. There are a number of thrillers that focus on a certain disability - blindness is more common (Blind Terror, Wait Until Dark, Cat o'Nine Tails to name a handful), but the implications of having a mute lead in a thriller such as this are well portrayed, and actually integral to the plot as the fact that the lead character can't speak is often the reason why she finds herself in dangerous situations that would be easy for anyone else to get out of. Our mute witness is Billy Hughes, a make-up artist working on a horror film production at a studio in Moscow. She finds herself locked in after hours one night, and after attempting to phone her sister for help, she stumbles upon what at first appears to be the making of an illicit sex flick, but soon turns out to be a snuff movie! She tries to convince the authorities of what she's seen, but finds that no one believes her story...

Recently Hostel made the headlines for showing snuff movie making in a foreign country, but this film did it first and actually does a better job. It's maybe not quite as nasty as Eli Roth's opus, but the gore is more effective, and since director Anthony Waller (who went on to direct one of my favourite modern thrillers with 'The Guilty') implements a good sense of humour into the proceedings, Mute Witness is both sufficiently gory and fun to watch. The director certainly has a talent for crafting suspenseful thrill rides, as this one never stands still. The plot is put into action quickly, and Waller constantly introduces plot twists which give a big helping hand to the overall entertainment value of the film. The acting isn't bad for a B-movie, with young performers Marina Zudina, Fay Ripley and Evan Richards delivering good performances. The atmosphere is gritty, and the Russian locations are suitably unfriendly, which helps the film to retain a foreboding atmosphere. Overall, Mute Witness is a much better film than you might expect it to be. The plot flows well, and the atmosphere and tension are spot on.

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