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Reluctant Witness (2015)

After giving up her mafia husband to the police, and starting a new life in witness protection, Erin thinks she's rid of Jimmy forever. However, a mysterious stranger has her worrying Jimmy is back.

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Monika Mitchell

Writer:

Roslyn Muir
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mia Kirshner ... Erin Villenueve
Paul McGillion ... Warren Cooper
Madeleine Arthur ... Becky Collins
James Kirk ... Jimmy Collins
Venus Terzo ... Officer Marina Delgado
John Cassini ... Agent Troy Rolands
Bruce Ramsay ... Levon Villenueve
BJ Harrison ... Dr. Warner
Jenn MacLean-Angus ... Katrin Villenueve
Raul Inglis ... Joe Richmond
Yvette Dudley-Neuman ... Housekeeper
Peighton Brown Peighton Brown ... Young Becky
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Storyline

A woman married to a gangster finally decides to leave him and she asks the FBI for protection, They respond by placing her in the witness protection program and she is given a new identity and moves to Northern California, where she marries a vineyard owner. Ten years later her best friend gets involved with a new boyfriend and she becomes increasingly convinced that he is her former spouse, who was thought to have died. A made-for-TV movie that offers some undemanding entertainment.

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A dead blackbird is the mob's symbol for death as Erin is drawn into their deadly game.

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

2015 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Le visage de mon passé See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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16:9 HD
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Female in jeopardy: With about 10 minutes remaining, Delgado is knocked out by Warren using a convenient pistol. He leaves her alone and continues his plot. She is later removed to an ambulance. With about 6 minutes remaining, Erin is threatened by Warren, who is now chasing her through a vineyard. Both have a gun. She eventually gets the drop on him and he pulls her gun in against him and fires it, effectively ganking himself. See more »

Goofs

Many errors are made regarding the witness protection program and law enforcement. Local agencies do not use it, yet the Chicago case was shown to be local, referencing a "DA" or District Attorney. That is also an error as Illinois utilizes State's Attorneys as prosecutors. The detective/"agent" involved does not wear an FBI or even a Chicago PD badge, instead having one similar to the LAPD or a city police agency. A person in the federal witness protection program would deal with Deputy US Marshals, not local police. See more »

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Just awful
11 April 2016 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

I just cannot stand films that rely on an irritating and constant music score to create suspense when the actual films suspense is non- existent because the plot is so predictable. I have never, and I mean never, seen a film which gives away their own ending and spoils any mystery within the very first five minutes as the Reluctant Witness achieved.

The lead actress Mia Kirshner plays Erin Villeneuve but that is only her fake identity name that the FBI gives her since they placed her in their witness protection program. You see Erin is actually Melissa Kirk who provides sufficient evidence to put her real husband Chicago gangster Jimmy Kirk away for good.

Within the first five minutes of the film Erin and her brand new husband nice guy and a totally in the dark dummy named Levon Villeneuve (played by Bruce Ramsay) at their wedding are introduced to Levon's sister's Katrin new boyfriend named Warren Cooper who just happens to be a born and bred Chicago boy who immediately asks Erin if she has ever been to Chicago. Duhhhhh?

The movie was all downhill from here and as I am a sucker for seeing a film through to the bitter end the film could not have disappointed me any more than by giving away the entire plot within the first five minutes. To add insult to injury Erin has a daughter named Becky who is swayed by the evil-doer dumb dumb of a dad Warren who convinces Becky that they are going to be a family again, even though Erin just got re-married. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree eh?

So the music score valiantly tries to add suspense while we the audience are left to imagine who Erin (alias for Melissa) will choose to be with. There is absolutely no value to this film and as such I rate it the minimum 1 out of 10.

Plain awful 1/10


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