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Writers (WGA):
Gilbert Pearlman (written by) &
Gene Wilder (written by)
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Release Date:
10 January 1999 (USA) See more »
A widowed theatre director moves to a small Connecticut town where he gets involved in solving the murder of a millionaire, who was the most despised man in town. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Gene Wilder ... Cash Carter

Mike Starr ... Tony

Terry O'Quinn ... Sidney Lassiter

Cherry Jones ... Mimi

Frances Conroy ... Martha Lassiter

Deirdre O'Connell ... Kate Faxton

Ebon Moss-Bachrach ... Billy

Elisabeth Rosen ... Sophie Carter
Terri Hawkes ... Esther
David Fox ... Walter Godlin

Carlo Rota ... Charles

Matthew Edison ... Albert Lassiter

Ben Bass ... Michael
Sten Eirik ... Thin Man / Kovacs
Renee Murphy ... Vickie
Kate Hennig ... Mary, the Maid
Craig Eldridge ... Detective Eddy
Sam Malkin ... Medical Examiner
Roman Podhora ... Detective Scalise

Fulvio Cecere ... Richard
Christian Hebert ... Teddy, the Gardener

James Allodi ... Man in Tuxedo
Justine Campbell ... Sexy Woman

Directed by
Joyce Chopra 
Writing credits
Gilbert Pearlman (written by) &
Gene Wilder (written by)

Produced by
Fred Berner .... producer
David Craig .... supervising producer
Craig McNeil .... producer
Steven Paul .... producer
Antony Root .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Morris 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees 
Film Editing by
Peter C. Frank 
Casting by
Todd Thaler 
Clare Walker 
Production Design by
Harold Thrasher 
Art Direction by
Mario Mercuri 
Set Decoration by
Jerri Thrasher 
Costume Design by
Martha Mann 
Makeup Department
Katarina Chovanec .... key hair stylist
Ava Stone .... key makeup artist
Frederick London .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Julie Antonelli .... post-production supervisor
Nowell Grossman .... production supervisor
Mary Pantelidis .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonnie Katz .... third assistant director
Lorraine M. Kearsey .... trainee assistant director
Randi Richmond .... first assistant director
Samantha Snidal .... second assistant director
Art Department
Ken Innes .... lead dresser
Ron Lightfoot .... construction manager
Geoff Murrin .... assistant property master
Jim Murrin .... property master
Michael Sackler-Berner .... property assistant
Peter Waffle .... lead dresser
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... re-recording mixer
Benjamin Beardwood .... dialogue editor (as Ben Beardwood)
Christopher Briles .... sound effects editor
Tim Chilton .... foley artist
Don Digirolamo .... re-recording mixer
Scott Ganary .... re-recording mixer
Dennis Gray .... dialogue editor
Stephen Grubbs .... supervising sound editor
Gary Krause .... sound effects editor
Paul Longstaffe .... dialogue editor
Ao Loo .... production sound mixer
Stuart Martin .... assistant sound editor
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist (as Alyson Moore)
Brian Thomas Nist .... sound effects editor
Ralph Osborn .... dialogue editor
Nancy Parker .... foley artist
Brian Ruberg .... foley mixer
Christopher Ryan .... assistant sound editor
Warren Smith .... dialogue editor
Buz Watson .... boom operator
Paul J. Zydel .... adr mixer (as Paul Zydel)
Special Effects by
Michael Innanen .... special effects foreman
John LaForet .... special effects coordinator
Steve Stanford .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
O.T. Hight .... visual effects artist
Shelley Cook .... stunt double
Rick Forsayeth .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Rocky Brown .... crane grip
Thomas Care .... dolly grip (as Tom Care)
John Colavecchia .... first assistant camera (as Johnny Colavecchia)
Cylvan Desrouleaux .... second assistant camera
Michael Fylyshtan .... Steadicam operator
Tony Guerin .... camera operator
Dianne L. Haggarty .... best boy grip (as Dianne Haggarty)
Ben Mark Holzberg .... still photographer
John Medland .... still photographer
David Pamplin .... key grip
Chris Stagg .... best boy grip
Harold D. Stroud .... gaffer (as Harry Stroud)
Brad Vos .... first assistant camera: dailies
Christopher Watson .... best boy electric (as Chris Watson)
Casting Department
Zameret Kleiman .... extras casting
Joanna Polley .... extras casting
Jonathan Strauss .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sharon Purdy .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Rick Downey .... negative cutter
Terry Haggar .... negative timer
Irene Kassow .... assistant editor
Marc Laub .... assistant editor
Joe Parisella .... color timer
Location Management
Drazen Baric .... assistant location manager
Mark Logan .... location manager
Music Department
Thomas Bartke .... assistant music editor
Mike Flicker .... music editor
Mike Flicker .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Grant Wilkins .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Heather Blurton .... set supervisor
Teryn Douglas .... production assistant
Ann Fitzgerald .... production accountant
Cheryl Francis .... assistant: Mr. Berner
Oliver Olsen .... script supervisor
Mary Robbie .... assistant accountant
Carole Rosenberg .... assistant production coordinator
Clare Saxby .... script editor
Fran Solomon .... production coordinator
Nick Veziris .... gun wrangler
James Wiser .... assistant: Mr. McNeil
Steven Zander .... production assistant

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"I don't want to do it anymore.", 23 June 2016
Author: oOoBarracuda from United States

You can tell that Gene Wilder was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he wrote and starred in the 1999 made-for-TV film, Murder in a Small Town. Directed by Joyce Chopra and starring Wilder along with Mike Starr; Murder in a Small Town is a campy little TV movie set in the 20's reminiscent of the movie mysteries that commanded the screen in the era. When a string of murders begins to occur in the quiet Connecticut town, a widowed playwright will become influential in solving the crimes. I'm happy for Wilder that he became successful enough to do the kind of stories he wanted to do later in his acting career, Murder in a Small Town definitely fits into this category.

After his wife was murdered, Larry "Cash" Carter left his successful post in Broadway churning out success after success as a playwright to move to the sleepy town of Stamford, Connecticut. Since his move, he transitioned to work in community theater as a writer/director which left him plenty of time to pursue other interests of his. With a superb eye for detail and a knack for getting into the mind of a criminal, Cash became fast friends with a local detective Tony "Bologna", even helping him solve some of his cases. When the wealthy town jerk, Sidney Lassiter (Terry O'Quinn) is found dead, Tony enlists Cash's help in order to solve the case. When a second, yet intertwined murder is committed, Tony and Cash must work quickly to solve the time and protect the small town before it becomes any smaller.

Stamford Connecticut is where Gene Wilder moved to after he left Hollywood and all but retired from acting in the early 90's. It doesn't go unnoticed that this film takes place in Gene's hometown. He also worked on the script with his brother-in-law, Gilbert Pearlman. I've also seen enough interviews of Gene Wilder in where he admits that he enjoys watching mystery movies on TV. All of this data goes toward suggesting that Gene Wilder was doing exactly what he wanted to do with Murder in a Small Town. Although the movie is nothing to write home about, and although it's fun, you won't miss out if you skip it; it's still worth watching knowing that Wilder had worked up to the point in his life and career that he could only take on the jobs he really wanted to do. The later TV works of Wilder's, like this one, are a nice contrast to his more well-known work of the 70's and essential viewing for great fans of the veteran actor's.

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