WITNESS

Director: Peter Ellis 
Writer: Steve Roberts

Regular cast:  
Tessie Santiago: Tessa Alvarado/Queen of Swords
Paulina Gálvez: Marta
Valentine Pelka: Col. Luis Ramirez Montoya
Anthony Lemke: Capt. Marcus Grisham
Elsa Pataky: Vera Hidalgo

Guest cast:
Bo Derek: Mary Rose
Neil Newbon: Anton
Christopher De Andrés: Arsenio
Pilar Abella D'Arstegui: Carmina
Leo Medina: Crispin

Richard Cruz: Geraldo

Feeling lonely, Tessa leaves Montoya's party alone. As she walks across the plaza she hears a shot, and sees a woman violently thrown through the hotel balcony doors, over the railing onto the ground in front of her. A young man follows the woman through the doors, gun in hand, franticly calling her name - Carmina. The party guests, Capt. Grisham in the lead, arrive on the run, and Grisham immediately orders the arrest of the murderer. Tessa is the only known witness.

Next day, Carmina's brothers demand a promise from Tessa that she will testify. They are worried and angry that Anton, the accused killer, will get away with murder. Anton is the son of wealthy rancher Mary Rose, while Carmina was just a poor peasant girl. Mary Rose, with eight armed men at her back arrives in town and demands Montoya release her son without trial. When Montoya refuses, Mary Rose quickly resorts to death threats to insure Tessa's silence.

Tessa is caught between Mary Rose and Carmina's brothers. Is Tessa the only witness? What really happened in the hotel room? As Montoya attempts to manipulate all involved for his profit and amusement, Tessa, Mary Rose and Vera struggle to find a way to the truth.

©2001 Gail Allan