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Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest (1997)

Jessica is attacked on a train when she investigates the case of a missing passenger.

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Jessica Fletcher is on a train headed for El Paso. She shares a table in the dining car with a woman who subsequently vanishes, leaving her purse on the table. Then a message is announced for the woman and Jessica accepts it. This leads to an attack in her compartment and a demand for 'it'. She has no idea what 'it' is and is rescued by a man claiming to be a journalist. The plot thickens. She is warned away by an FBI man, but continues to follow her clues to Agua Verde where the woman apparently lives. The plot twists and turns as she delves deeper in a most devious mystery. Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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2 November 1997 (USA)  »

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Arabesque: La peur aux trousses  »

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The dusty bus stop town location was Piru, adjacent to Fillmore. The Piru town's short Main Street commercial buildings were completely vacant, boarded up and unoccupied. The Art Director Mary Dodson created all the shops, selecting a market, a Southwest Indian tourist shop, a barber shop, gas station, with necessary window and sign decoration. Mary and the decorator made the town come to life for the filming sequence. Several other exterior buildings and sidewalk locations were utilized filling out the filming schedule's use of the town site. See more »

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Driving through "Aqua Verde" a street sign above can be seen for "Magic Mountain Parkway" See more »

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A true delight
27 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I do agree that this is a must see for fans of the show like I am. I don't think any of the TV movies achieve the level of greatness the show does but they come close. This could be the best of them, and the one that is most like the show in terms of tone. The plot is filled with intriguing twists and turns though nothing too complicated, and the script has some great moments as well. The direction is solid, the pacing is good in general if a tad draggy in the middle half and the scenery and photography are striking. I liked the beautiful and haunting music too, and the acting is fine, especially from Angela Lansbury(obviously), while Mel Harris and Keith David also give good turns. Overall, a true delight for fans of the series. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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