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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:
Still Great after Eighteen Years 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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Anthony Waller met Alec Guinness quite by chance in Hamburg in 1985 where he asked him if he was interested in doing a one-scene cameo. To his surprise, Guinness said he'd be delighted and that he would do it for free. The problem was that Guinness was fully booked for the next 18 months so Waller suggested they shoot the scene the following morning in an underground car park. Guinness readily agreed and - true to his word - took no payment.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 Snuff (1976)See more »

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Still Great after Eighteen Years, 14 September 2012
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Moscow, the clumsy director Andy Clarke (Evan Richards) is making a slasher movie in a studio set with Russian and American cast and crew. The responsible for the makeup is the mute Billy Hughes (Marina Sudina), who is the sister of Andy's girlfriend Karen Hughes (Fay Ripley).

One day, Billy needs to find a mask for the shot on the next day and she stays after hours in the studio set seeking out the object. However, the janitor locks her in the studio alone and Billy cannot find a way out.

When Billy sees light in the studio, she accidentally witnesses the Russians Arkadi (Igor Volkov) and Lyosha (Sergej Karlenkov) making a porn snuff movie and brutally killing a woman. Billy succeeds to escape, but the police officers do not trust on her. Further, the powerful Russian mafia chases her believing that Billy has a diskette with evidences against the mobsters.

I saw "Mute Witness" eighteen years ago and I loved this film. Yesterday I saw it again, now on DVD, and it still is a great film that combines thriller and horror with black humor in a plot with many twists. The director Anthony Waller masterly raises tension and relieves with black humor, startling the viewer and then making him or her laugh. Unfortunately the conclusion is a little disappointing but it is worthwhile watching this wonderful little film. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Testemunha Muda" ("Mute Witness")

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