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Murder in Texas (1981)

Story of Texas heiress Joan Robinson, who married plastic surgeon John Hill. Her father, Ash, is suspicious of Hill, thinking that he married Joan for money, which he used to buy a house ... See full summary »

Director:

William Hale

Writers:

Ann Kurth (book), John McGreevey
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katharine Ross ... Ann Kurth Hill
Sam Elliott ... Dr. John Hill
Farrah Fawcett ... Joan Robinson Hill
Andy Griffith ... Ash Robinson
G.W. Bailey ... Richard 'Racehorse' Haynes
Barry Corbin ... Dist. Atty. McMasters
Pamela Myers Pamela Myers ... Mary
Craig T. Nelson ... Jack Ramsey
Royce Wallace Royce Wallace ... Wilma
Dimitra Arliss ... Gina Meier
Jude Farese Jude Farese ... Casselli
Philip Sterling ... Dr. Helpern
Vernon Weddle Vernon Weddle ... Dr. Joe
Lesley Woods ... Reah Robinson
Parley Baer ... Ann's attorney
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Story of Texas heiress Joan Robinson, who married plastic surgeon John Hill. Her father, Ash, is suspicious of Hill, thinking that he married Joan for money, which he used to buy a house and indulges in some odd hobbies. He eventually has an affair with a woman named Ann Kurth. Eventually Ash threatens John with him losing custody of his son unless he makes full restitution to Joan. One day, Joan gets sick and dies. John somehow doesn't allow an autopsy to be done. Ash thinks it's strange, and thinks John killed Joan and sets out to prove it. John eventually marries Ann and she can't help but find his behavior strange. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mord i Texas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dick Clark Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Andy Griffith received an Emmy nomination for Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special for his portrayal of Ash Robinson. It marked the only Emmy nomination in his entire career. See more »

Connections

References A Man and a Woman (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

I Will Wait For You
From the song "Je ne pourrais jamais vivre sans toi"
Music by Michel Legrand
English lyrics by Norman Gimbel
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real life murder mystery
7 August 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

When "Murder in Texas" premiered on network television in two parts, it was a big deal. It's a very intriguing, true story of a Texan plastic surgeon (Sam Eilliott) suspected of causing the death of his very wealthy wife, portrayed by Farrah Fawcett. For years, Ash Robinson, the victim's father, was convinced of Dr. Hill's guilt. Andy Griffith is a great Ash.

The story is based on Ann Kurth's book - Ann Kurth was Dr. Hill's second wife, who in the film is played by Katherine Ross. I could never find a copy of Kurth's book, so I read another book on the subject. The actual events are much, much more complicated than could ever have been shown on screen. In fact, the end of this movie is pure fiction, as are scenes that support the ending. The reason for this, I believe, was a legal one, as some participants were still living at the time of the filming.

Today it is believed that Joan Robinson Hill died of toxic shock syndrome before it became a known entity. What her husband had to do with it - by direct act or simple neglect - I don't believe has ever been decided other than in the mind of Ash Robinson.

While the movie made fascinating watching, particularly Part I, if this case interests you, I suggest you read a book on the subject for the true story. The acting is marvelous, particularly from Elliott, Fawcett, and Griffith, and the movie will hold your interest.


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