MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 12,640 this week

Murder by the Book (1987)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Mystery  |  17 March 1987 (USA)
5.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.2/10 from 103 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 1 critic

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(teleplay), (television story), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3328 titles
created 10 Mar 2012
 
a list of 650 titles
created 29 Oct 2012
 
a list of 830 titles
created 16 Mar 2013
 
list image
a list of 45 titles
created 08 Sep 2013
 
list image
a list of 4741 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Murder by the Book (TV Movie 1987)

Murder by the Book (TV Movie 1987) on IMDb 5.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Murder by the Book.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Sherlock Holmes investigates the murders commited by Jack the Ripper and discovers a conspiracy to protect the killer.

Director: Bob Clark
Stars: Christopher Plummer, James Mason, David Hemmings
Mischief (1985)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

1956: The shy Jonathan's luck with girls changes when he wins the rebellious Gene as a friend in his last year of highschool. Gene is adored by many girls and manages to teach Jonathan a ... See full summary »

Director: Mel Damski
Stars: Doug McKeon, Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelly Preston
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A clumsy young man nurtures a plant and discovers that it's carnivorous, forcing him to kill to feed it.

Directors: Roger Corman, Charles B. Griffith, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Mel Welles
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls to fight the evil types who survive.

Director: Thom Eberhardt
Stars: Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Robert Beltran
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Based on a novel and subsequent stage play by Agatha Christie; ten people are invited to an isolated island, only to be killed one-by-one. Could one of them be the killer?

Director: René Clair
Stars: Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, Louis Hayward
Murder, She Wrote (TV Series 1984)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Professional writer and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher uses her intellect, charm, and persistence to get to the bottom of every crime she encounters.

Stars: Angela Lansbury, William Windom, Ron Masak
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After a series of misunderstandings, the head of an aerospace research laboratory begins to suspect his new girlfriend is a Russian spy.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Stars: Doris Day, Rod Taylor, Arthur Godfrey
Murder by the Book (TV Movie 1986)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Poirot has been murdered! Did Agatha Christie do it?

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Stars: Peggy Ashcroft, Ian Holm, Richard Wilson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
D.H. 'Hank' Mercer / Biff Deegan
...
Marissa
...
Lieutenant Greenberg
...
Victor Greville
...
Claire
Jonathan Moore ...
Nicholas Rubinstein
Martin Neufeld ...
Pete
Bunty Webb
Robin Ward
Eric Fink
Thick Wilson
Al Bernardo
Louis Di Bianco
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

17 March 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alter Ego  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jonathan Moore's final television role. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


11 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Murder by the Book (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?