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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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Storyline

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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Runtime:

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 »

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

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A Model by which TV-Movies Should Be Measured!!!!
9 September 2016 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

Based on true events, Sam Elliott is a doctor married into a rich prominent Texas family, wife Farrah Fawcett and her father Andy Griffith. He meets Katherine Ross, whose character in real life wrote the book this TV-movie is based. He falls hard for Katharine and tries to have his cake and eat it too. It began too slow for me, as the first hour was about Sam wooing Katherine and as I knew Farrah's demise would be imminent. But when things did happen, they happened. What develops is too disturbing. Father Andy is determined to get justice for his daughter's death, and Andy Griffith gives a truly memorable role as a "Big Daddy" type. He and Sam Elliott's character's vanity and superiority are the whole show. And, the scenes when Katharine is alone in the house were truly scary. You know what I mean, if you've see it. And, the ending will blow you away, if you haven't. A superlative television movie, but is this really how it played out in real life! Are things embellished! This is more than "Murder in Texas;" this will haunt you even months after you see it.


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