Der letzte Zeuge
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English title: The Last Witness
Martin Held (Direktor Werner Rameil)
Hanns Lothar (Rechtsanwalt Dr. Fox)
Ellen Schwiers (Ingrid Bernhardy)
Jürgen Goslar (Dr. Heinz Stephan)
Adelheid Seeck (Gerda Rameil)
Werner Hinz (Landgerichtsrat Ricker)
Wolfgang Staudte takes a few swipes at the West German judicial system in this fairly effective courtroom drama about the murder of a four-month-old baby. Police almost immediately arrest the mother Ingrid who is the mistress of the father, a rich business VIP married to someone else. His position and wealth keep him insulated from suspicion. A hot-shot lawyer has to overcome the unaccountably biased perceptions of the police, the judge, the prosecutor and almost everyone else in the judicial system. The defense lawyer, driven to an extreme, knows he has to find the real killer or his client will be convicted.