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Murder Live! (1997)

Frank takes Pia Postman hostage on live TV, threatening to execute her after she accepts the blame for his daughter's suicide.


Roger Spottiswoode


Peter Horton (story), Chris Bertolet (story) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marg Helgenberger ... Pia Postman
David Morse ... Frank McGrath
Christine Estabrook ... Dr. Christine Winter
Lauren Tom ... Marge Fong
Eloy Casados ... Tony Grenaldi
Neal McDonough ... Hank Wilson
John O'Hurley ... Hal Damon
Michael Cullen ... Captain Tanner
Teri Garr ... JoAnn McGrath
Peter Horton ... Lt. Clay Maloney
Paige Moss ... Sally McGrath
Don Stark ... Man in Yellow Shirt
Leslie Ackerman
Lorna Scott
Karen Hensel Karen Hensel


Frank takes Pia Postman hostage on live TV, threatening to execute her after she accepts the blame for his daughter's suicide.

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Release Date:

9 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meurtre en direct See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Strongly Recommended
9 October 2000 | by sambucaSee all my reviews

'Murder live' is a unique film. Never before has a movie been so accurate in its depiction of questionable-quality TV talk shows and the very unfortunate events they can cause, as has recently been proved in real life. Even more impressive, is the fact that it is a TV-movie! Roger Spottiswoode and the actors (especially David Morse, Marge Helgenberger and Peter Horton-who also wrote the script) have done a terrific job. Shot in real time, in "live" TV broadcast style (that brings to mind the notorious Jerry Springer show), it never misses its target and also covers other issues such as police corruption and the indifference of the public (who would rather watch baseball). Well made, fast-paced and shocking, 'Murder Live' is a film that really gets you to think and deserves recognition as one of the greatest modern achievements of TV -and there's not many-. Don't miss it!

Rating: 9/10, or A2.

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