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In this suspense thriller, the plot thickens as Yancy Butler, who plays the
convicted and now released on parole Sandy Dickenson, turns the tables on
the crooked prosecutor Frank Sutton- that prosecuted Sandy Dickenson's case
for the involuntary manslaughter of her husband. Sutton is in favor of her
parole, admitting that Dickenson did kill her abusive husband in self
defense. But she must do something for him in return - testify against a
mafia king pin.
As it turns out, Sutton uses the "witness files" to prosecute his tough cases as a way to secure witnesses. Then he murders them. In finding this out, Sandy turns the game on Sutton, leading to his arrest and conviction for her murder. The storyline is very creative and unique- there are no dull moments in this thriller. Butler lands a A+ performance in this suspense laden movie.
A must see for all Yancy Butler fans!
Just saw this movie and Had to comment ! Mainly cause it was at this time rated 3.6 !! Thats way too low for this kinda above average story and acting ! The Plot is Good and acting is above average of all concerned ! There's enough action to make it interesting and where does it say that a movie must have action from a to z ?? Not all can be as Lethal Weapon !
A woman goes after a crooked DA in "The Witness Files," a 1999 film
starring Yancy Butler, David Newman and Barry Flatman. Butler plays a
victim of domestic violence, Sandy Dickinson, who killed her husband
and was sent to prison. She is promised early parole by the DA who put
her there (Newman) if she will pose as a witness to help him put away a
mob boss. In order to be with her son, she agrees. Since she's a former
actress, she's able to disguise herself as a street person and tell the
police that she saw the mobster commit murder. Everything goes smoothly
until someone tries to kill her.
This is a far-fetched story but nevertheless absorbing, with the beautiful, throaty-voiced Butler handing in a fine performance as Sandy. David Newman is extremely likable as Dennis, the detective who falls in love with Sandy without knowing her true identity. And this is a plot hole - when it is learned that Sandy is missing, why did a detective working with the DA never look at a photo of her and realize she was the woman he fell in love with? As stated above, the story is a little out there.
A good rental.
Great twist on the "corrupt prosecutor gets his just-due" genre. Yancy Butler plays Sandy Dickenson, a wrongly convicted mother - released from prison by corrupt prosecutor Frank Sutton(running for higher office) played by Barry Flatman, who extorts her into giving false testimony to convict a crime lord to bolster his political standing aided by a gullible police detective David McCoy, played well by David Nerman, who Sandy seduces and manipulates into pursuing prosecutor Sutton....and with the help of Sandy's prison acquaintance con-family Sandy pulls off the ultimate "con". The pace & film-making qualities of this movie are impressive, as is the editing. The best part is Yancy Butler's star-turn performance - her best to date.
"The Witness Files" (1999) is another lesser known neo-noir in critic
John Grant's extensive catalog of noir films. The corruption factor
that's quite often present in neo-noir stories is present here in the
person of the district attorney (Barry Flatman). He obtains convictions
by using false witnesses. He later prevents them from pressuring him by
disposing of them permanently.
Flatman springs Yancy Butler from prison when she agrees to be a witness against a mafia-type mobster, Tony Calabretta. She's disguised as an old woman and street person whose home is a dumpster. Calabretta attempts to kill Butler. Cop David Nerman is the cop on the Calabretta case, so he becomes deeply involved with Butler. He doesn't know what Flatman's dirty game is. Butler is a very busy woman in this story, taking care of her little boy, shuffling him around to safe places, falling in love with Nerman, discovering Flatman's treachery and devising a scheme to save herself and expose his guilt. Butler has to play a double game with Nerman too, even though she didn't count on becoming rather attached to him.
I completely agree with the previous comment, this movie should have a
higher rating in my opinion. I thought that Barry Flatman, as the evil
District attorney, did a great job at being slimy and mean. He reminded
me a little of Micheal Douglas. Yancy butler is a wonderful actress and
played each of her characters so well. I especially loved the role of
the old lady! Amazing... The little boy, Justin, was so cute as her shy
I am such a fan of movies that have twists and turns.... this one had it all. I don't want to say too much more as I don't want to spoil the movie. A clever movie with a super cast. ;o)
Writer Cameron Kent has some good ideas but fails to make them gel in a
script full of plot holes and improbable situations. The cast headed by
Yancy Butler as target Sandy Dickinson do the best they can with what
is given them. Perhaps the stand out performance is by Barry Flatman as
archfiend Frank Sutton hiding behind the law for his nefarious schemes
of self-aggrandizement, but no one is less than adequate for this
Sandy Dickinson is in prison for murdering her abusive husband to protect herself and her son, Justin (Matthew Harbour). Surprisingly, the man who prosecuted her on involuntary manslaughter charges, Frank Sutton, obtains a parole for her after she agrees to falsely testify for him against a mob leader. Unbeknownth to Sandy, Frank keeps witness files, hence the apropos title, on key witnesses who somehow end up dead.
Sandy becomes a target for Frank's hit men but successfully eludes them by her own machinations and talents as a make-up artist. She is aided by a police detective, Dennis McCoy (David Nerman), and her friends from prison and elsewhere. That Sandy and Dennis fall in love doesn't prevent Sandy from using Dennis to deal effectively with Frank to get rid of him for good. How she does this is much too contrived but still entertaining.
A bonus is the haunting music of Canadian artist Christopher Dedrick, particularly the closing theme.
I would like to find out the name of the song and the performer that was the last song of the movie. It was played during the subtitles at the end of the movie. Who sang the song and what is the name of the song? That's it. I really liked the move and it held my interest the entire time. The actors were very convincing and attractive. The only thing I couldn't figure out was that it seems that the detective/investigator that was dating the the ex-con lady, Sandy, towards the end of the movie would have taken the time and interest to view a photo of the missing "dead" lady Sandy by looking in her prison files. There would have been a photo of her and an investigator would have wanted to see a photo of the person that is supposedly dead and missing.
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