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D.H. 'Hank' Mercer / Biff Deegan
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Marissa
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Lieutenant Greenberg
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Victor Greville
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Nicholas Rubinstein
Martin Neufeld ...
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Bunty Webb
Robin Ward
Eric Fink
Thick Wilson
Al Bernardo
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Mild-mannered mystery writer D. H. Mercer has become so immersed in his material that his creation, hard-boiled private eye Biff Deegan constantly appears to him as a hallucination. Intent on getting rid of Biff, and replacing him with a more civilized detective, Mercer soon finds himself in a genuine mystery involving art fraud, murder, and a beautiful lady in peril. Written by Mark Limvere-Robinson

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I wish they'd play this movie on a cable station I get.
15 May 2004 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

Murder by the Book is by far the best movie I've ever seen. Funny, Romantic, Mysterious, and you'll never guess the ending. Robert Hays plays a writer with an alter ego, Biff Deagan, the main character of his novels. The Movie gets funnier and funnier as time goes on. This movie will either have you rolling on the floor laughing one minute or have glued to the edge of your seat the next. Other must see movies of Robert Hays are Trenchcoat, 50-50, and For Better or for Worse (Honeymoon Academy) (1990). If only movies nowadays could be as could as these I'd watch more movies. Robert Hays is at his best in all of these movies. Nothing would please me more than to see him make a comeback.


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