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Witness for the Prosecution

Agatha Christie Spotlight

Billy Wilder | 1957 | 116 MINS
USA
Agatha Christie's whodunit plot whirs around Marlene Dietrich’s expressionless beauty.

There will be an optional tour of the Chichester Festival Theatre’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ set prior to the film.

In Detail

The affable Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) is being tried for the murder of a wealthy woman, and legendary lawyer Sir Wilfrid Robarts (Charles Laughton) has chosen to represent him. Unfortunately, Leonard's alibi depends on the testimony of his callous wife Christine (Dietrich), who, after the discovery of a legal loophole, makes the shocking decision to appear in court against him.

To Sir Wilfrid's surprise, this is only the first in a series of puzzling revelations and reversals. The definitive courtroom thriller, with two genuinely startling final-reel twists, this is one of director Billy Wilder’s strongest movies (often cruelly underrated in the face of ‘Some Like it Hot’ and ‘Sunset Boulevard’).

Optional CFT Tour:
The tour will explore backstage spaces and roles, and give insight into the stage production of Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ at CFT. Meet at CFT for a 10:30 start .

Optional Backstage Tour - 10:30 at CFT
Film - 15:45 at New Park Auditorium

Tickets:
'Film only' - Normal cinema prices
'Tour & Film' - £12.50 - Choose Film & Tour price option.

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