Agatha Christie’s The Witness for the Prosecution (2016)

Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosection poster

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Starring:
 Kim Cattrall, Toby Jones
Directed by: Julian Jarrold

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: A BBC miniseries of the classic story by Agatha Christie. Public defender John Mayhew (Toby Jones) investigates a murder on behalf of Leonard Vole (Billy Howle), the young man accused of killing the wealthy Emily French (Kim Cattrall).

Featured Feline: Emily owns a white Persian cat named Mimi.

Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution - white Persian cat Mimi on stairs

Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution - white Persian cat Mimi on couch

When Leonard arrives at Emily’s house, the first thing she does is introduce him to Mimi. She notes how Mimi seems to like him. Mimi is also seen in the room with them.

Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution - Emily Kim Cattrall introducing white Persian cat Mimi to Leonard Billy Howle

Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution - Emily Kim Cattrall introducing white Persian cat Mimi to Leonard Billy Howle

Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution - white Persian cat Mimi jumping down in front of Leonard Billy Howle

Some months later Emily is found murdered by her housekeeper Janet (Monica Dolan). Mimi the cat approaches the body of Emily and then climbs on top of it.

Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution - white Persian cat Mimi standing

Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution - white Persian cat Mimi standing on top of Emily's body

As Janet watches in horror, Mimi walks across the floor, tracking blood in her wake. The cat then sits down and licks the blood off its paws.

Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution - white Persian cat Mimi tracking bloody paw prints across floor

Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution - white Persian cat Mimi licking blood off paws

Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution - white Persian cat Mimi licking blood off paws

Later in the story Mimi is found drowned in the backyard pond and Mayhew deduces it was done by Janet, who admits she was appalled by the cat’s aloof actions in the wake of her owner’s murder.

Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution - white Persian cat Mimi being held by Emily Kim Cattrall

Final Mewsings: Don’t blame a cat for not understanding human problems

Many thanks to The Horror Cats for letting us know about the cat in this film.


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