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Murder in Greenwich (2002)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Drama  |  15 November 2002 (USA)
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The story of Martha Moxley, 15 year old girl murdered in Greenwich in the 1970's, her murder going unsolved for 25 years.

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Stephen Weeks (as Andrew Mitchell)
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In 1974, the teenager Martha Moxley moves to the high-class area of Belle Haven, Greenwich, Connecticut. On the Mischief Night, eve of Halloween, she was murdered in the backyard of her house and her murder remained unsolved. Twenty-two years later, the writer Mark Fuhrman, who is a former LA detective that has fallen in disgrace for perjury in O.J. Simpson trial and moved to Idaho, decides to investigate the case with his partner Stephen Weeks with the purpose of writing a book. The locals squirm and do not welcome them, but with the support of the retired detective Steve Carroll that was in charge of the investigation in the 70's, they discover the criminal and a net of power and money to cover the murder. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Money built walls around the truth. One man knocked them down.


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The real identities of several of the protagonists are replaced with pseudonyms in this adaptation. These include: - The Skakel family tutor/supervisor, Ken Littleton (in the film called Morris Banks); - The Moxley's neighbor, briefly suspected of the murder, Ed Hammond (Rob Mathers); - The Skakel family relations whose house several of the Skakel brothers visited that night, the Terrians, including Jimmy Dowdle/Terrian (The Morgans / Larry Morgan); - The family who lived across the street from the Moxleys, the Ix family (the Fosters), in particular Mildred "Cissy" Ix (Constance Foster) and Martha's friend Helen Ix (Charity Foster); - The 11-year old who accompanied Martha and Helen while they listened to music with Michael Skakel in the Lincoln, Geoffrey Byrne (in the film called Paul Joyce, and made a similar age to Martha and Helen/Charity, with whom he "makes out" in the back seat of the Lincoln, contrary to real life events); - Skakel family gardener Franz "Frank" Wittine (Alex Grafton); - Jim McKenzie, a Great Lakes Carbon junior lawyer who "babysits" the Skakel children following the discovery of Martha's body and prior to Rushton Skakel's return (Jackson O'Connor). In addition, the character of Hildy Southerlyn in the film is a fictional device, enabling the introduction of information from several real-life sources. Similarly, Martha's "best friend" Lucy Duke is a fictitious character, probably representing an amalgamation of Christy Kalan, Tory Fuchs and Margie Walker. See more »

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[first lines]
Martha Moxley: My name is Martha Moxley. My friends call me "Mox"
[laughs]
Martha Moxley: . In 1974, my family moved to Belle Haven, which is in Greenwich, which is in Connecticut. It was the richest neighborhood in the richest town in the richest country in the world.
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Martha Moxley: This was our house in Walsh Lane. And across the street, over on Otter Rock Drive, that's where the Skakels lived. They were our neighbors, they were rich and they were Kennedys.
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Martha Moxley: This was the morning after Mischief Night, we called ...
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OKAY, But Could Have Been Better
20 November 2002 | by (Orange County, CA.) – See all my reviews

I really admire Mark Furhman for making this movie, and it was fairly well done, but could have been a little more accurate as far as the characters went. The flashbacks were only possible from Martha's eyes, hence the intersessions where "Martha" described the events from the past - I assume from the real Martha's diary. But Maggie Grace was too old to be convincing as the dead Martha because she appeared to be a teen model from the magazine "Seventeen" or something, especially with those teeth caps, which I found very difficult to ignore as they stuck out like sore thumbs. The wasn't any way she could pass as a fifteen year-old! Plus the fact that the real Martha was a rather innocent, fresh-faced youth that was cute, but in no way could have been a model. Other than that,the other characters were really great, especially Jon Foster as Michael Skakel. Toby Moore, who played Tommy Skakel, was good as well,but should have worn a blond, permed wig (instead of the "shag" wig)that would have been WAY more realistic as that's how Tommy Skakel's real hairstyle of the time was.

All in all, I did like the movie, and it really elicited sympathy for Michael Skakel who, as is realistic, was a troubled boy who didn't really know what he was doing back in 1975 when he reacted in rage and attacked Martha Moxley. I have it on my PVR and will watch it repeatedly.

And, as for Claudio Carvalho's review: Michael Skakel's mother wasn't a Kennedy; his father's sister, Ethel, was married to a Kennedy. The Skakels were not Kennedys.


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