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Hostile Witness

4.3 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Ray Milland plays a barrister whose daughter is killed in a "hit-and-run" accident. When his neighbor is also killed, evidence points to the barrister as the murderer. Did he do it? Is he insane? The trial begins...

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  • Actors: Ray Milland, Felix Aylmer, Raymond Huntley, Sylvia Syms
  • Directors: Ray Milland
  • Writers: Jack Roffey
  • Producers: George Fowler, David E. Rose
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 2 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0062KME9M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,125 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1968's 'Hostile Witness' is a light but well-staged U.K. courtroom 'whodunit' written by playwright Jack Roffey (based on his play of the same name) and, notably, directed by its star Ray Milland (whose other such efforts include 1958's 'The Safecracker' and 1962's 'Panic in the Year Zero'). The briskly paced plot-- a respectable murder-mystery solved at trial by prime suspect/former prosecutor Milland, who's forced ultimately to represent himself-- and fine roster of seasoned British character actors provide enough nuance, humor and suspense to keep you contentedly in your seat (if not quite on the edge of it) for the film's somewhat bulky 100-minute running time. The MGM DVD-R (I'm sick of complaining about this cheap format) looks very nice, with rich color reproduction in a clear anamorphic widescreen print encumbered only by a few artifacts here and there. Presentation and content together earn a solid 3 1/2 stars.

Note (anti-*SPOILER*): If you don't want to know whodunit, do NOT look too closely at the thoughtlessly compiled cover image!
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Anyone who is a fan of of English suspense and a good old courtroom drama can't miss with this movie about a well known English lawyer, played by Ray Milland, who suffers a complete breakdown after his beloved daughter is killed by a hit and run motorist. Soon after his return to work, his friend and mentor a respected judge is found murdered in his home right next door. Soon evidence shows he believes the judge was the one who was responsible for his daughter's death believing his erratic driving skills were the cause of her death, and he is soon arrested and charged with murder. After discharging his close associate, played by Sylvia Syms, he undertakes his own defense, and amid numerous twists and turns, and a touch of irony, he is able to expose the culprit, and see to it that justice is served. Starring Ray Milland, Sylvia Syms, and Felix Aylmer as the likeable judge who hears the case. This is not the world's best known film, but i have always enjoyed watching it. I was pleased when I saw that amazon had it. No extras, but the movie itself is enough, and the picture is of good quality.
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By Doug on June 16, 2015
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As a big fan of older murder mysteries and courtroom dramas. I found this a little disappointing. Ray Milland's performance seemed unfocused and dispirited (was he ill?). The who-dun-it part was decent - no more. Also, I just couldn't like many of the main players.
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I am a fan of the old classic movies. This is an interesting movie with a great actor Ray Milland who has made many classic movie's such as Dial M For Murder by Alfred Hitchcock being one.
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You know you always hear stories, or at least in the old days in the corner boy society I belong around in high school you heard stories, about guys who had been sent to stir, you know prison, by some happenstance of their making who swore on seven bibles, maybe more, that they would get even with the guys, mainly the cops, prosecuting attorney, and judge who put them in the slammer. That search for revenge would help them while away the hours but in the actual case they usually let it go. Either that or their scheme was so hare-brained that if it had been executed they would be once again whiling away the hours in some cellblock. But not all of them let it go or had such hare-brained schemes, take John Naylor in the film under review, Ray Milland’s Hostile Witness, who almost, and remember that word almost, got away with murder in his vengeful scheme.

Simon Crawford, Queen’s Councilor, in other words a lawyer in England, played by Ray Milland, had like a lot of up and coming lawyers started out in the prosecutor’s office and in the course of events would have put more than a few bad guys away, a few seeking revenge for their incarceration too. Same with judges, maybe more so if they handed out a harsh sentence. Like I said plenty of guys whiled away their prison time plotting in excruciating detail their revenge. And John Naylor who was put in gaol (jail) by Simon and Justice Matthews planned and plotted a lot better than most. See he was in his revenge for the long haul so when he got out he gain employee in the law offices of one Simon Crawford. His idea was to study the man and when he had an opportunity he would pounce. After years of waiting he got his opportunity when Simon’s young daughter was run over and mortally wounded by a hit and run driving identified only as an older man.
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I love movies with a courtroom plot. My favorites being Anatomy of a Murder and Witness for the Prosecution. This one has now been added to my FAV list!!
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Good mystery story line. Classy, dignified acting by Ray Milland. As always a gentlemen - stylish with a highly articulate, resonant voice.
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This was a courtroom drama with which I had not been familiar. It is one of the best I have seen. If you like Boston Legal, or The Practice, you will love this one. No spoilers, but watch for Plan B.
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