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Mute Witness -- 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.
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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:
A really tense 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
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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
Valeri 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
Yury Sysoyev .... 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
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Marina Zudina did not speak English at the time, but as her character was mute anyway, she could still pose for an American.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:
Referenced in Film Geek (2005)See more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A really tense little thriller, 14 October 2002
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

An American film crew are based in Moscow with Russians making up much of the actual crew outside of the main elements. Andy is the director with his girlfriend and her mute sister Billy as makeup artist. One night after a shoot Billy finds herself locked in the large building being used as the main studio. She comes downstairs having heard a noise to find two men making a porno film that quickly becomes a snuff film before her eyes. Billy flees the men but finds herself with no evidence to back up her claim. Meanwhile the shadowy figure behind the murder plans to cover all loose ends.

I have managed to miss this film everytime it has come on TV and everytime it was in a cinema. The closest I got was taping it once but it started late and I only got 20 minutes. Happily I finally got my video skills together and caught it late the other night. I had heard average reviews of this and only hoped that it would be enjoyable – which it was.

The plot starts simple (mute girl in peril) and builds later into a bit of a wider conspiracy. The first half of the film is it's strength, real terror, genuine tension and thrills. The actual murder is horrible and shot well to let you imagine more than you see. The following pursuit is also excellent and very well directed. The second half of the film is still very enjoyable and tense but never reaches those heights again. The plot opens up to a wider conspiracy and shadowy figures and it looses much of it's tightness as a result. The film is still very good mind you and is much better than a lot of large budget thrillers.

It isn't scary but it is very thrilling. The director makes plenty of good shots to help crank it up a notch when needed, however his script does falter at the final few hurdles Zudina is good and does really well as the girl in peril. She can't scream or cry and has to carry her fear in her eyes which she does well. Ripley and Richards are more there for comedy value but do help lighten the tone. The rest of the cast are anonymous chasers and don't have too much presence, but the director has done such a good job with the tension that they don't need to be monsters, only men. Guinness is OK I guess. It's interesting to have him in such a film but did no one else notice how badly redubbed he was. It was clear he had redone his lines in a studio – the sound quality was to crisp compared to other's dialogue and it didn't match with his lips as it should have done – shame.

Overall I enjoyed this film. For the most part it is simple, tight and very effective. Great tension. All the cast really put their fear in their eyes rather than relying on screams etc to convey it. The second half of the film dips a little as the plot gets a bit baggy and slightly less convincing but by then you should be sold and it's energy carries it over some bits that drag a little. Overall a really good little thriller.

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