History Film / WitnessForTheProsecution

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.
9th Feb '17 5:44:09 AM Gosicrystal
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* DistinctionWithoutADifference: When Sir Wilfrid accuses Mrs. [=McKenzie=] of being antagonistic towards Leonard from the start, she denies it--then calls him a shiftless, scheming scoundrel, but she's ''not'' "antag'nistic".



* MasterActor: Christine and Leonard both.

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* %%* MasterActor: Christine and Leonard both.



* NoExceptYes: When Sir Wilfrid accuses Mrs. [=McKenzie=] of being antagonistic towards Leonard from the start, she denies it--then calls him a shiftless, scheming scoundrel, but she's ''not'' "antag'nistic".



* [[ScaryShinyGlasses Scary Shiny Monocle]]: Sir Wilfrid uses this to test potential clients for their honesty. Leonard passes, but Christine cuts it short by closing the blinds to stop him reflecting it in her eyes (a failure). In the end, it proves to be an unreliable gauge of their characters.

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* [[ScaryShinyGlasses Scary Shiny Monocle]]: ScaryShinyGlasses: Sir Wilfrid uses this to test potential clients for their honesty. Leonard passes, but Christine cuts it short by closing the blinds to stop him reflecting it in her eyes (a failure). In the end, it proves to be an unreliable gauge of their characters.
21st Jan '17 9:21:49 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* DeathByWomanScorned: At the end, Christine kills Leonard after he reveals he's having an affair.
2nd Jan '17 6:20:53 PM JoeG
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2nd Jan '17 6:18:21 PM JoeG
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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 immediately 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 immediately leaving her for another woman immediately after his acquittal and Christine shooting him in rage as a consequence.]]
2nd Jan '17 12:40:26 PM JoeG
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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 her 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 immediately leaving her for another woman immediately after his acquittal and her Christine shooting him in rage as a consequence.]]
2nd Jan '17 12:39:41 PM JoeG
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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 immediately leaving her for another woman immediately after his acquittal and her 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 immediately leaving her for another woman immediately after his acquittal and her shooting him in rage as a consequence.]]
2nd Jan '17 12:38:41 PM JoeG
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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 immediately leaving her for another woman immediately after his acquittal and her shooting him in rage as a consequence.]]
31st Dec '16 10:11:40 AM Tsar673
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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 TakenUpToEleven 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 TakenUpToEleven 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]].suicide]].
* 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.]]
31st Dec '16 9:59:35 AM Tsar673
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!!The 2016 television adaptation contains examples of:

* 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 TakenUpToEleven 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!]]
* TruerToTheText: To a significant extent, being based on the original Christie short story as opposed to the 1957 film, which was based on the play. [[spoiler: This adaptation, most notably, retains the original ending - Leonard Vole gets away with murder, inherits Emily French's money, and is free to live a life of luxury with Romaine. Also, the character names are identical or close to what they were in the original story, as opposed to the film. This adaptation is also set in the 1920's, the period when the original story was published, as opposed to the film which had a SettingUpdate to the 1950's]].

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