History Film / WitnessForTheProsecution

19th Mar '17 11:07:17 PM NightShade96
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* WhamShot: The reveal of [[spoiler: Leonard's new wife: it's Romaine]].
19th Mar '17 11:04:42 PM NightShade96
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* AdaptationNameChange:
** Combined with NamedByTheAdaptation, Mr. Mayherne (the attorney) is named John Mayhew here.
** Janet Mackenzie (French's maid) is also named Janet [=McIntyre=] here.

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* AdaptationNameChange:
** Combined with NamedByTheAdaptation, Mr. Mayherne (the attorney) is named John Mayhew here.
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AdaptationNameChange: Janet Mackenzie (French's maid) is also named Janet [=McIntyre=] here.


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* NamedByTheAdaptation: Mr. Mayhew (the attorney) is named John Mayhew here.
19th Mar '17 11:02:53 PM NightShade96
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** Sir Wilfrid Robarts is named John Mayhew here.

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** Sir Wilfrid Robarts Combined with NamedByTheAdaptation, Mr. Mayherne (the attorney) is named John Mayhew here.



* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: For the attorney character, who's called John Mayhew here, in particular. To begin with, he's given a tragic backstory [[spoiler: involving the death of his son during the First World War in a gas attack]] that continues to haunt him throughout the plot. Then, it's taken UpToEleven by the end where [[spoiler: he discovers, in rapid succession, that he has unwittingly helped a murderer get away scot-free, has contributed actively to sending an innocent woman to the gallows, and that his wife doesn't love him and has never forgiven him for coming home from the war while their son didn't.]] All this ultimately leads [[spoiler: to him committing suicide]].

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* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: For the attorney character, who's called John Mayhew here, in particular. To begin with, he's given a tragic backstory [[spoiler: involving the death of his son during the First World War in a gas attack]] that continues to haunt him throughout the plot. Then, it's taken UpToEleven by the end where [[spoiler: he discovers, in rapid succession, that he has unwittingly helped a murderer get away scot-free, has contributed actively to sending an innocent woman to the gallows, and that his wife doesn't love him and has never forgiven him for coming home from the war while their son didn't.]] All this ultimately leads [[spoiler: to him committing suicide]].
19th Mar '17 10:54:32 PM NightShade96
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* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Janet [=McIntyre=] and John Mayhew]].
19th Mar '17 10:47:20 PM NightShade96
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** Janet Mackenzie is also named Janet [=McIntyre=] here.

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** Janet Mackenzie (French's maid) is also named Janet [=McIntyre=] here.



** Subverted with [[spoiler:Janet [=McIntyre=], who at first appears to be Emily French's killer due to being in love with her, but is ultimately revealed to be innocent of the crime]].

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** Subverted with [[spoiler:Janet [=McIntyre=], who at first appears to be Emily French's killer due to being having been in love with her, but is ultimately revealed to be innocent of the crime]].


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* PsychoLesbian: Subverted with [[spoiler:Janet [=McIntyre=] (see AdaptationalVillainy above).]]
19th Mar '17 10:43:58 PM NightShade96
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In 2016, a two-part TV adaptation, following the book rather than the play, was broadcast by Creator/TheBBC, from the creators of the 2015 adaptation of ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone''. It starred Creator/TobyJones as Mayhew.

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In 2016, a two-part TV adaptation, following the book rather than the play, was broadcast by Creator/TheBBC, from the creators of the 2015 adaptation of ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone''. It starred Creator/TobyJones as Mayhew.
John Mayhew.



* AdaptationNameChange:
** Sir Wilfrid Robarts is named John Mayhew here.
** Janet Mackenzie is also named Janet [=McIntyre=] here.



* DarkerAndEdgier: As compared to the 1957 film and the play it is based on, and even arguably the original short story. [[spoiler: There are explicit sex scenes, a lot of swearing and a complete lack of PoliticallyCorrectHistory (most notably in the scene where Leonard's senior counsel refers to him as a victim of "the perfidy of women"). Leonard Vole gets away with murder, without the KarmicDeath he suffered in previous adaptations. Romaine also comes across as a far more manipulative and cruel person than the relatively more sympathetic character she was in previous adaptations. Emily French's maid is convicted of her murder and hanged. Worse still, the attorney John Mayhew is a man battling his own personal demons involving his son's death in the war, which his wife blames him for, and the miniseries ends with him, overwhelmed by both his depressing personal situation and the knowledge that he has helped a murderer get away and helped send an innocent woman to the gallows, killing himself by walking into the sea.]]
* DownerEnding: This adaptation ends on an even more cynical note than Christie's original short story - [[spoiler: Leonard Vole gets away with murder, inherits Emily French's wealth, and lives a life of luxury abroad with Romaine (though it is very subtly implied that being the manipulative bitch that she is, she might someday decide to do away with him as well); Ms. Macintyre, Emily French's maid, is convicted of the murder, seemingly driven insane though the court proceedings and eventually hanged; John Mayhew eventually discovers his own unwitting culpability in causing these miscarriages of justice to happen and is naturally devastated but worse still, when he tries to take some solace in the fact that he did what he did to provide for his wife, she admits to him that she simply cannot reciprocate his love because she has never forgiven him for the death of their son during the war - leading Mayhew to kill himself by walking into the ocean. Really, it's a bleak ending for pretty much ''every'' character in the story, except perhaps Romaine, who's possibly the most evil of the lot!]]

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* AdaptationalVillainy:
** Subverted with [[spoiler:Janet [=McIntyre=], who at first appears to be Emily French's killer due to being in love with her, but is ultimately revealed to be innocent of the crime]].
** Played straight with [[spoiler:Romaine, who comes across as a far more manipulative and cruel person than the relatively more sympathetic character she was in previous adaptations]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: As When compared to the 1957 film and the play it is based on, and even arguably the original short story. [[spoiler: There are explicit sex scenes, a lot of swearing and a complete lack of PoliticallyCorrectHistory (most notably in the scene where Leonard's senior counsel refers to him as a victim of "the perfidy of women"). Leonard Vole gets away with murder, without the KarmicDeath he suffered in previous adaptations. Romaine also comes across as a far more manipulative and cruel person than the relatively more sympathetic character she was in previous adaptations. Emily French's maid is convicted of her murder and hanged. Worse still, the attorney John Mayhew is a man battling his own personal demons involving his son's death in the war, which his wife blames him for, and the miniseries ends with him, overwhelmed by both his depressing personal situation and the knowledge that he has helped a murderer get away and helped send an innocent woman to the gallows, killing himself by walking into the sea.]]
* DownerEnding: This adaptation ends on an even more cynical note than Christie's original short story - [[spoiler: Leonard Vole gets away with murder, inherits Emily French's wealth, and lives a life of luxury abroad with Romaine (though it is very subtly implied that being the manipulative bitch that she is, she might someday decide to do away with him as well); Ms. Macintyre, [=McIntyre=], Emily French's maid, is convicted of the murder, seemingly driven insane though the court proceedings and eventually hanged; John Mayhew eventually discovers his own unwitting culpability in causing these miscarriages of justice to happen and is naturally devastated but worse still, when he tries to take some solace in the fact that he did what he did to provide for his wife, she admits to him that she simply cannot reciprocate his love because she has never forgiven him for the death of their son during the war - leading Mayhew to kill himself by walking into the ocean. Really, it's a bleak ending for pretty much ''every'' character in the story, except perhaps Romaine, who's possibly the most evil of the lot!]]
4th Mar '17 2:51:42 PM RitzyMandrill
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* AdaptationalKarma: The short story ends with [[spoiler: Christine admitting to Leonard's solicitor that she deliberately got caught committing perjury to get Leonard, who she knew was guilty, acquitted]]. The film continues to show [[spoiler: Leonard leaving her for another woman immediately after his acquittal and Christine shooting him in rage as a consequence.]]

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* AdaptationalKarma: The short story ends with [[spoiler: Christine admitting to Leonard's solicitor that she deliberately got caught committing perjury to get Leonard, who she knew was guilty, acquitted]]. The film continues to show [[spoiler: Leonard leaving her for another woman immediately after his acquittal and Christine shooting stabbing him in rage as a consequence.]]
1st Mar '17 9:40:31 AM NightShade96
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In 2016, a two-part TV adaptation, following the book rather than the play, was broadcast by Creator/TheBBC, from the creators of the 2015 adaptation of Literature/AndThenThereWereNone. It starred Creator/TobyJones as Mayhew.

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In 2016, a two-part TV adaptation, following the book rather than the play, was broadcast by Creator/TheBBC, from the creators of the 2015 adaptation of Literature/AndThenThereWereNone.''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone''. It starred Creator/TobyJones as Mayhew.
1st Mar '17 9:37:12 AM NightShade96
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* UndyingLoyalty: Christine doesn't care that Leonard murdered someone in cold blood; she'll do anything for him because she loves him. When he betrays her, though....

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* UndyingLoyalty: Christine doesn't care that Leonard murdered someone in cold blood; she'll do anything for him because she loves him. When he betrays her, though....though...



* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: For the attorney character, who's called John Mayhew here, in particular. To begin with, he's given a tragic backstory [[spoiler: involving the death of his son during the First World War in a gas attack]] that continues to haunt him throughout the plot. Then, its taken UpToEleven by the end where [[spoiler: he discovers, in rapid succession, that he has unwittingly helped a murderer get away scot-free, has contributed actively to sending an innocent woman to the gallows, and that his wife doesn't love him and has never forgiven him for coming home from the war while their son didn't.]] All this ultimately leads [[spoiler: to him committing suicide]].

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* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: For the attorney character, who's called John Mayhew here, in particular. To begin with, he's given a tragic backstory [[spoiler: involving the death of his son during the First World War in a gas attack]] that continues to haunt him throughout the plot. Then, its it's taken UpToEleven by the end where [[spoiler: he discovers, in rapid succession, that he has unwittingly helped a murderer get away scot-free, has contributed actively to sending an innocent woman to the gallows, and that his wife doesn't love him and has never forgiven him for coming home from the war while their son didn't.]] All this ultimately leads [[spoiler: to him committing suicide]].



* DownerEnding: This adaptation ends on an even more cynical note than Christie's original short story - [[spoiler: Leonard Vole gets away with murder, inherits Emily French's wealth, and lives a life of luxury abroad with Romaine (though it is very subtly implied that being the manipulative bitch that she is, she might someday decide to do away with him as well); Ms. Macintyre, Emily French's maid, is convicted of the murder, seemingly driven insane though the court proceedings and eventually hanged; John Mayhew eventually discovers his own unwitting culpability in causing these miscarriages of justice to happen and is naturally devastated but worse still, when he tries to take some solace in the fact that he did what he did to provide for his wife, she admits to him that she simply cannot reciprocate his love because she has never forgiven him for the death of their son during the war - leading Mayhew to kill himself by walking into the ocean. Really, its a bleak ending for pretty much ''every'' character in the story, except perhaps Romaine who's possibly the most evil of the lot!]]

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* DownerEnding: This adaptation ends on an even more cynical note than Christie's original short story - [[spoiler: Leonard Vole gets away with murder, inherits Emily French's wealth, and lives a life of luxury abroad with Romaine (though it is very subtly implied that being the manipulative bitch that she is, she might someday decide to do away with him as well); Ms. Macintyre, Emily French's maid, is convicted of the murder, seemingly driven insane though the court proceedings and eventually hanged; John Mayhew eventually discovers his own unwitting culpability in causing these miscarriages of justice to happen and is naturally devastated but worse still, when he tries to take some solace in the fact that he did what he did to provide for his wife, she admits to him that she simply cannot reciprocate his love because she has never forgiven him for the death of their son during the war - leading Mayhew to kill himself by walking into the ocean. Really, its it's a bleak ending for pretty much ''every'' character in the story, except perhaps Romaine Romaine, who's possibly the most evil of the lot!]]lot!]]
* SuicideBySea: The miniseries ends with [[spoiler:John Mayhew]] drowning [[spoiler:himself]] in the sea at the end after hitting the DespairEventHorizon, [[spoiler:when his wife reveals she no longer loves him, and he learns that the man he helped liberate was in fact guilty of the crime he was accused of]].



11th Feb '17 12:04:50 AM BatNeko
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* HollywoodLaw: Surely a barrister of Sir Wilfrid's experience could have gotten Christine's testimony for the prosecution disallowed by arguing that since Leonard Vole did not know she was already married, that would make her his putative spouse and thus SpousalPrivilege would still apply.
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