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Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest (1997)

TV Movie  -   -  Mystery  -  2 November 1997 (USA)
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TV movie continuing the adventures of Mystery book writer Jessica Fletcher from "Murder, She Wrote". Jessica is on a train headed for El Paso where she is to lecture at a conference. She ... See full summary »

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TV movie continuing the adventures of Mystery book writer Jessica Fletcher from "Murder, She Wrote". Jessica is on a train headed for El Paso where she is to lecture at a conference. 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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The train assembled by AMTRAK was berthed in the holding-train repair yard South of Union Station. Requiring three days prep, Construction and Set Dressing installed carpeting, lighting wall fixtures and window draperies in the specific train car interiors to be filmed. Included were chairs and tables in the cleared passenger bench car used for the dining car. This dining rail car had an additional "lambrican-eyebrow header" installed over the train window walls concealing added overhead fixtures to light the train car's ceiling and interior, which also concealed the overhead drapery hardware. The baggage car, where the dog traveled, was dressed with shelving, compartment box units stacked with suitcases, trunks, plus shipping cases. Another passenger lower level car matched additional wall lighting fixtures, which construction had rented from Twentieth Century Property's Art Deco fixtures department. After filming, the train returned to the train storage yard where the AMTRAK train passenger cars were cleared of all the film's additions, dismantled by the film's crew See more »

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Good to see Jessica Fletcher back in action!
25 September 2014 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

It is good to see Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) back in action in the first TV movie after the Murder, She Wrote TV series ended. This time, Jessica meets a woman named Sarah (Mel Harris) while on a train to El Paso. Sarah disappears and leaves her purse behind, setting a stage of events where Sarah is believed to have witnessed a homicide and a criminal is pursuing her to reclaim a possession, leading the involvement of the FBI and leaving Jessica caught in the middle of the mayhem.

This movie possesses the same charm, sleuth tactics and plot twists and turns of the TV series, and is filled with some intriguing plot points and daring investigation scenes that puts Jessica all over the map that one would find compelling. The direction and pacing are pretty good, aside from the plot that tends to drag a little towards the middle of the movie. The acting is also pretty spot on.

With all the finger-pointing and unpredictability elements in the movie, you would be eager to find the truth of the matter and who is behind the all the criminal activities. It is a good TV movie that is a nice throwback to the heyday of the TV series.

Grade B


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