Silent Witness (2011)

“As defense attorneys, it makes no difference what we think. Guilty or Not Guilty, our sacred job is to make sure the defendant gets the best defense under the law” – Saul Rubin

Number of Times Seen – Twice (29 Dec 2011 and 22 Feb 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A defense lawyer is hired by an old high school friend to defend him after he is accused of killing one of his students.

My Take on it – Thrilling mystery that works really well.

They do a nice job developing the main characters to a point where we can really believe their deep friendship over so many years.

The story has some great twists and turns along the way that help make things so much more enjoyable and thrilling to watch as things progress.

Th cats is great with Dermot Mulroney, Anne Heche and Michael Cudlitz all doing wonderful jobs here.

Judd Hirsch tho steals every scene he is in as Mulroney’s mentor and co-council.

The dialogue is quite witty and clever and that helps keep the story feeling fresh and unique the whole way through.

The film is based on a novel by Richard North Patterson and I wonder if the novel is even better because it is able to expand more on the back story of things which is slightly weak here in helping establish the connections between crimes that occurred decades apart.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The newspaper states that the murders took place 28 years apart. When Tony flashbacks to the original crime scene, the song “So In Love” by OMD is playing on the car stereo. This song was released in 1985 and 28 years later would be 2013. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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