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Mute Witness (1995)

A mute make-up artist working on a slasher movie being shot in Moscow, is locked in the studio after hours. While there, she witnesses a brutal murder, and must escape capture.

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Anthony Waller

Writer:

Anthony Waller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marina Zudina ... Billy Hughes (as Marina Sudina)
Fay Ripley Fay Ripley ... Karen Hughes
Evan Richards ... Andy Clarke
Oleg Yankovskiy ... Larsen (as Oleg Jankowskij)
Igor Volkov ... Arkadi
Sergei Karlenkov 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 Aleksandr Bureyev ... (as Alexander Buriev)
Stephen Bouser Stephen Bouser ... Lovett
Valeri Barakhtin Valeri Barakhtin ... Mitja (as Valeri Barahtin)
Nikolay Chindyaykin ... (as Nikolai Chindjaikin)
Vyacheslav Naumenko Vyacheslav Naumenko ... (as Vasheslav Naumenko)
Larisa Khusnullina Larisa Khusnullina ... (as Larisa Husnolina)
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Storyline

Billy Hughes, a mute make-up artist working on a slasher movie 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. Plot twists galore follow as Billy tries to stay alive. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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She Won't Be Silenced. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and a strong scene combining sex and violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Russia | UK | Germany

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

15 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Testigo mudo See more »

Filming Locations:

Russia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$560,048, 17 September 1995

Gross USA:

$1,125,910

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,125,910
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Writer, Producer, and Director Anthony Waller met Sir 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 eighteen 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

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 »

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References Rear Window (1954) See more »

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When You Need A Diversion, This Will Do It
21 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This may be the most tension-filled movie I have ever seen.

In fact, it's so nerve-wracking, I haven't been able to watch it again after viewing it two years ago, but I will since I have the DVD. There were a couple of scenes in here that are almost too much to watch....so if you've got problems and need to "escape" for an hour-and-half this film will get your mind off anything else.

The Russian actress Marina Zudina did a super job in facial expressions alone, which she had to do since her character in here is a mute. She plays a cute and wholesome makeup artist for a sleazy filmmaker. After the day's shooting is done and "Billie" is about to leave, she hears something. She takes a peek into the room where they were filming and discovers they are now shooting a "snuff film" and actually killing someone. Billie's eavesdropping is discovered and she runs for her life as the killers go searching for her in this big warehouse-type building.

There are two extended scenes in which our heroine is running for her life and both of them will wear you out. The first I described above. The second scene, the climactic one, goes on too long and isn't as well done as the first. In fact, the film should have been trimmed a bit but, overall, since it's so good at keeping our attention, then it served its purpose as entertainment.


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