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Murder in Greenwich (2002)

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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Tommy Skakel
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Michael Skakel
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Stephen Weeks (as Andrew Mitchell)
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Dorothy Moxley
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Hildy Southerlyn
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Dr. Baden
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Robert Mathers
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Charity Foster
Renée Ellwood ...
Lucy Duke (as Renee Ellwood)
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Morris Banks
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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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Rated R for some violent images | See all certifications »
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15 November 2002 (USA)  »

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Dominick Dunne Presents: Murder in Greenwich  »

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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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Palm trees and other subtropical vegetation in Connecticut. 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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Mark Furhman's Great Crime Book Sucessfully Brought to TV
16 November 2002 | by (Danville, Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

This great TV movie told of the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley in Greenwich, Connecticut by a nephew of Ethel Kennedy. The use of the "ghost" of Martha to provide some of the details was very effective and added a lot of heart to the story. Christopher Meloni seemed to capture the personality of Mark Fuhrman very well. Furhman, who got so much underserved bad publicity in the O.J. Simpson trial has certainly vindicated himself by his contribution of bringing the killer to justice after about 27 years.


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