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Mute Witness (1995)

A mute makeup artist working on a slasher film being shot in Moscow, is locked in the studio after hours. While there she witnesses a brutal murder, and must escape capture.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marina Zudina ...
Billy Hughes (as Marina Sudina)
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Karen Hughes
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Andy Clarke
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Larsen (as Oleg Jankowskij)
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Arkadi
Sergei Karlenkov ...
Lyosha (as Sergej Karlenkov)
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The Reaper (as Mystery Guest Star)
Aleksandr Pyatkov ...
(as Alexander Piatkov)
Nikolai Pastukhov ...
Janitor (as Nikolai Pastuhov)
Aleksandr Bureyev ...
(as Alexander Buriev)
Stephen Bouser ...
Lovett
Valeri Barakhtin ...
Mitja (as Valeri Barahtin)
Nikolay Chindyaykin ...
(as Nikolai Chindjaikin)
Vyacheslav Naumenko ...
(as Vasheslav Naumenko)
Larisa Khusnullina ...
(as Larisa Husnolina)
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Billy Hughes, a mute makeup artist working on a slasher film being shot in Moscow, is locked in the studio after hours. While there she witnesses a brutal murder, and must first escape capture at that time, then keep from being killed before convincing authorities of what she's seen. Plot twists galore follow as Billy tries to stay alive. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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een uzingwekkend spannende film (A chilling thrilling film) (Netherlands release) See more »

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Rated R for violence and a strong scene combining sex and violence | See all certifications »

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15 September 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Testigo mudo  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,204,430
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Originally set in Chicago, director Anthony Waller changed the location when told that Moscow would provide much cheaper sets and labor. See more »

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When Karen is holding the gun inside Billy's apartment, it suddenly disappears from her hand. A few moments later, it appears in Andy's hand. See more »

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When You Need A Diversion, This Will Do It
21 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

This may be the most tension-filled movie I have ever seen.

In fact, it's so nerve-wracking, I haven't been able to watch it again after viewing it two years ago, but I will since I have the DVD. There were a couple of scenes in here that are almost too much to watch....so if you've got problems and need to "escape" for an hour-and-half this film will get your mind off anything else.

The Russian actress Marina Zudina did a super job in facial expressions alone, which she had to do since her character in here is a mute. She plays a cute and wholesome makeup artist for a sleazy filmmaker. After the day's shooting is done and "Billie" is about to leave, she hears something. She takes a peek into the room where they were filming and discovers they are now shooting a "snuff film" and actually killing someone. Billie's eavesdropping is discovered and she runs for her life as the killers go searching for her in this big warehouse-type building.

There are two extended scenes in which our heroine is running for her life and both of them will wear you out. The first I described above. The second scene, the climactic one, goes on too long and isn't as well done as the first. In fact, the film should have been trimmed a bit but, overall, since it's so good at keeping our attention, then it served its purpose as entertainment.


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