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Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For (2000)

TV-PG | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 18 May 2000
Jessica puts her sleuthing skills to work at a writers' conference after a Russian author is found murdered.

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Warren Pierce
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Mason Phillips - FBI Agent
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Patricia Williams
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William Batsby
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Yuri Malenkovich
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Matt Rolands
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John Mendoza
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Peggy Ryan
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Paul Neilly - FBI Agent
Scott Burkholder
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Everett Jang
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Joseph Brennan
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Jessica Fletcher becomes a speaker at Speakers' Incorporated attended by various authors. Russian author Uri Malenkovitch also attends to promote his book about the KGB. When he is killed, Jessica must help a struggling writer who is accused of his murder.

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The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, located in Hollywood across from the original Grauman Chinese Theatre, was the film's hotel lobby interiors. The hotel check-in desk was positioned in the West side of the lobby, opposite the Hotel's actual main desk check-in! Primarily to provide little interruption, unnecessary actual hotel guest activity during the filming process. The set decorator Don Remacle switched and added furniture, tables, lamps and plants to the existing lobby. The hotel rooms and corridors were built on stage at Universal Studios. See more »

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While Jessica is reading Yuri's manuscript, Warren knocks on her door and the pages in the book indicate that she is almost finished reading it. But when the camera changes to look over her shoulder, the pages in the book show that she is now back near the beginning. See more »

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Warren Pierce: [downcast] Are you sorry enough, or you understand enough, not to go to the Police?
Jessica Fletcher: Warren?
Warren Pierce: [downcast] What else did you tell them?
Jessica Fletcher: Well nothing significant. I didn't name you. I didn't need to.
Warren Pierce: Why not?
Jessica Fletcher: Because you are going to turn yourself in to the Police and you are going to confess. And you will tell your story in front of a jury.
Warren Pierce: Jessica you're the only one who knows I'm involved in this.
[takes the silenced gun from the top of the wardrobe]
Warren Pierce: What's to keep me from killing you?
Jessica Fletcher: Because I ...
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Murder among authors
12 January 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I gave up reading the Agatha Christies after I learned to spot the murderer, usually about a third of the way in, when he (or frequently she) was placed at the centre of an over-theatrical scene in front of a fairly large audience.

Although Angela Lansbury and her colleagues have always been at pains to distance themselves from Agatha Christie, the same principle is applied in this story, set in a conference of budding authors, who are each given their turn on the stage. And sure enough, the killer does manage to give away an important clue during his own well-received talk.

In her position as the famous crime-novelist, Jessica has been invited to preside over the conference, and gets a close-up view of a colourful mix of characters, some of them connected with the ex-head of the KGB, also at the conference, who has just been offered a fortune for his memoirs, exposing the secrets of the Soviet Union. When the inevitable murder takes place, Jessica warns more than one character - significantly - that too much willingness to help the police may be aimed at deflecting attention, and can point to the killer. When it comes to the final unmasking, there is another Christie touch, when it turns out that the murderer is not a thug or a psychopath, but a decent and responsible person, driven to extremes by circumstances with which one can sympathise.

Regular fans of Murder She Wrote will recognise a particular in-joke, when one character laments "Jessica Fletcher's here. There's been a murder. What are the odds?" A few years from now, viewers may need a few title-frames to explain the historical context, but when the film was released in 2000, the ending of the Cold War was recent enough to make a strong basis for the story.


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