7.2/10
623
24 user 6 critic

Witness for the Prosecution (1982)

Leonard Vole (Beau Bridges) is accused of murdering an elderly rich woman, and the only alibi to him depends on his wife Christine (Dame Diana Rigg).

Director:

Alan Gibson

Writers:

John Gay (written for television by), Billy Wilder | 3 more credits »
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A veteran British barrister must defend his client in a murder trial that has surprise after surprise.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The hunt is on to find the murderer of a wealthy glamorous heiress who is found dead in her London townhouse. Based on the short story by Agatha Christie.

Stars: Billy Howle, Kim Cattrall, Monica Dolan
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Five years after George Radcliffe was the chief witness in a high profile murder case, his wife receives a blackmailing letter accusing him of the crime.

Director: Michael Anderson
Stars: Gary Cooper, Deborah Kerr, Eric Portman
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When heavy fog prevents all aircraft from leaving London airport, a group of passengers take an airline bus to get them to an alternative airport. However, one among their number is the ... See full summary »

Director: Val Guest
Stars: Marianne Stone, Lionel Murton, Lisa Gastoni
Double Indemnity (TV Movie 1973)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A scheming wife lures an insurance investigator into helping murder her husband and then declare it an accident. The investigator's boss, not knowing his man is involved in it, suspects murder and sets out to prove it.

Director: Jack Smight
Stars: Richard Crenna, Lee J. Cobb, Robert Webber
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When a tycoon is accused of murder, the private eye tracking him finds himself roped in as an accessory and attempts to evade police, kidnapping a poetess along the way.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Claudette Colbert, James Stewart, Guy Kibbee
Resting Place (TV Movie 1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The mysterious death of an army officer comes under investigation by Major Kendall Laird as the young soldier's parents seek an honorable burial place, out of respect for their son. The ... See full summary »

Director: John Korty
Stars: John Lithgow, Richard Bradford, Morgan Freeman
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A man is found murdered, with witnesses convinced about the woman they saw leaving his apartment. However, it becomes apparent that the woman has a twin, and finding out which one is the killer seems impossible.

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A middle-aged playboy becomes fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier
The Jackpot (1950)
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Bill Lawrence wins a slew of prizes on a radio quiz program. His happiness is short-lived when he discovers he'll have to sell the prizes in order to pay the taxes on them.

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: James Stewart, Barbara Hale, James Gleason
Witness for the Prosecution (TV Movie 1949)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Leonard Vole is accused of murdering an elderly rich woman and the only alibi to him depends on his wife Romaine Heilger. Master barrister Robert Mayherne is hired to handle Vole's case and... See full synopsis »

Director: John Glyn-Jones
Stars: Alban Blakelock, Stafford Byrne, Derek Elphinstone
Crime | Drama | Mystery

A veteran lawyer must defend a man in what promises to be the most dramatic trial of his career.

Director: Ben Affleck
Stars: Ben Affleck
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Richardson ... Sir Wilfred Robarts
Deborah Kerr ... Nurse Plimsoll
Beau Bridges ... Leonard Vole
Donald Pleasence ... Mr. Myers
Wendy Hiller ... Janet Mackenzie
Diana Rigg ... Christine Vole
David Langton ... Mayhew
Richard Vernon ... Brogan-Moore
Peter Sallis ... Carter
Michael Gough ... Judge
Frank Mills ... Chief Inspector Hearne
Michael Nightingale Michael Nightingale ... Clerk of the Court
Peter Copley ... Dr. Harrison
Patricia Leslie Patricia Leslie ... Mrs. French
John Kidd ... Court Usher
Edit

Storyline

Efficient, but bitter and stubborn, barrister Sir Wilfred Robarts (Sir Ralph Richardson) returns to his office in London, having recovered from a heart attack. He is subsequently invited to defend Leonard Vole (Beau Bridges), who is the prime suspect in a murder case. Leonard is a former soldier that fought in World War II and is married to his beloved German wife Christine Vole (Dame Diana Rigg). He is unemployed and accused of seducing and murdering the wealthy middle-aged single woman, Emily French, to inherit eighty thousand pounds sterling. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A mysterious woman. A scandalous crime. A perfect secret. And a trail of fascinating clues - she holds the key.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Witness for the Prosecution (#32.1) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Last movie of Michael Nightingale (Clerk of the Court). See more »

Connections

Version of Witness for the Prosecution (1957) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Fine version of a good story
12 April 2012 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Excellent TV version of the Agatha Christie classic with an amazing array of talent for this type of enterprise. This is the sort of high quality fare that was standard on American television in the 70s & 80s and is sadly missing today.

Bridges is okay but miscast. Leonard Vole needs to be played by someone with a slick charm as it was by Tyrone Power in the original, a persona like George Clooney projects now and Bridges while a capable actor doesn't have that quality.

Therefore he is easily put in the shade by the powerhouse team of Sir Ralph Richardson and Diana Rigg. Both give exceptional performances, Richardson sly, knowing and wise while Diana Rigg is perfect as the determined if misguided Christine. Deborah Kerr provides a nice light touch as Richardson nurse. Good fun all around.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 24 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed