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The Accidental Witness (2006)

TV Movie  |  TV-14  |   |  Thriller  |  2006 (USA)
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Victor Sandeman is a senior partner with Brunel Global Securities. He is experiencing major financial problems, ones that can be solved if the planned $100 million merger of the company ... See full summary »

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Christine Sternwald
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Victor Sandeman
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Jeff Monroe
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Detective Bill Malone
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David Brunel
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Maggie Wexler
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Mary Lane Ferris (as Sarah Jane Redmond)
Don MacKay ...
Raymond Brunel
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Joseph Brockway
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Detective Ed Reigert
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Detective Eleanor Douglas
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Dorothy Adler (as Brenda M. Crichlow)
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Dr. Jetwan
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Erika
Louise Grant ...
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Victor Sandeman is a senior partner with Brunel Global Securities. He is experiencing major financial problems, ones that can be solved if the planned $100 million merger of the company takes place. However, the company's owner, Raymond Brunel, is against the merger. Thinking that he can overpower the ineffective David Brunel, Raymond's grandson and the company's heir apparent, Victor murders the elderly Raymond (trying to make it look like a death by natural causes) so that he can go ahead with the planned merger. The one glitch in the murder is a possible witness, Christine Sternwald. A paralegal and aspiring lawyer, Christine is just putting her life back together following a sexual assault three years earlier. When Victor and Christine meet shortly after the murder in a fender bender with Victor driving the deceased Raymond's car, Victor is forced to identify himself to her as Raymond Brunel. Because of this chance meeting and the possibility that she did see the murder take place... Written by Huggo

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Good story with predictable ending and a soap opera romance
18 April 2006 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

Though the ending is highly predictable, the events leading up to the ultimate confrontation between killer and victim are filled with thrills and suspense. The weakest part of this made-for-TV flick is the blossoming romance between Christine (Natasha Gregson Wagner) and her part time live-in Jeff (Aaron Pearl). Too much time is taken away from the action to devote to this relationship which degenerates into soap opera melodrama.

The plot is excellent. A highly ambitious second-rung corporate executive, Victor Sandeman (Currie Graham), is losing his life style as a result of poor investments. He sees a way out via a company merger, but the old man who runs the business opposes the deal. Victor decides to murder the old-timer so his weak-willed highly malleable son will be in charge. Thus the merger will be approved through Victor's manipulation of the heir. One problem, while carrying out his nefarious ploy with the old man's body still in the trunk, he rear ends a vehicle. The driver whose car is hit, Christine Sternwald, remains adamant that all the information needed for insurance purposes be provided. This leaves Victor in a quandary. He makes up his mind to get rid of the accidental witness. This leads to several neat complications in the story involving mistaken identity, frustrating lures, and a police investigation into a homicide made to look like a heart attack leading to a car crash.


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