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The Accidental Witness (2006)

TV-14 | | Thriller | TV Movie 2006
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 »

Director:

Kristoffer Tabori

Writer:

Michael Rhodes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natasha Gregson Wagner ... Christine Sternwald
Currie Graham ... Victor Sandeman
Aaron Pearl ... Jeff Monroe
Scott Hylands ... Detective Bill Malone
David Lewis ... David Brunel
Enid-Raye Adams ... Maggie Wexler
Sarah-Jane Redmond ... Mary Lane Ferris (as Sarah Jane Redmond)
Don MacKay ... Raymond Brunel
Peter Benson ... Joseph Brockway
Ty Olsson ... Detective Ed Reigert
Linda Darlow ... Detective Eleanor Douglas
Brenda Crichlow ... Dorothy Adler (as Brenda M. Crichlow)
Linda Ko ... Dr. Jetwan
Krista Morin ... Erika
Louise Grant Louise Grant ... Dog lady
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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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Genres:

Thriller

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Lifetime TV

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Killing of a Stranger See more »

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This film was previously titled "The Killing Of A Stranger". See more »

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Near the end of the movie Victor pistol-whips Chris. As she lays on the floor her head position changes between shots. See more »

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References The $64,000 Question (1955) See more »

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Good story with predictable ending and a soap opera romance
18 April 2006 | by krorieSee 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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