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Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest (1997)

Jessica is attacked on a train when she investigates the case of a missing passenger.

Director:

Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)

Writers:

Peter S. Fischer (creator), Richard Levinson (creator) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Ray Baker ... Wilder
Cliff Bemis ... Richard Loomis
Keith David ... Algric Bartles
Harriet Sansom Harris ... Millie Ogden
Richard Riehle ... Jack Ogden
John Vargas ... Guzman
Mel Harris ... Sarah
Elya Baskin ... Boris
Michael Krawic ... Radley (as Michael A. Krawic)
Nelson Mashita Nelson Mashita ... Takano
Susan Blommaert ... Dottie
Stuart Proud Eagle Grant Stuart Proud Eagle Grant ... Jim Sunrise (as Stuart Grant)
Rance Howard ... Jarvis Bean
Lisa LaCroix Lisa LaCroix ... Pearl Sunrise
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Storyline

Jessica Fletcher is on a train headed for El Paso. She shares a table in the dining car with a woman who subsequently vanishes, leaving her purse on the table. Then a message is announced for the woman and Jessica accepts it. This leads to an attack in her compartment and a demand for 'it'. She has no idea what 'it' is and is rescued by a man claiming to be a journalist. The plot thickens. She is warned away by an FBI man, but continues to follow her clues to Agua Verde where the woman apparently lives. The plot twists and turns as she delves deeper into a most devious mystery. Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest (1997) was one of the most complicated scripts to prep because of the number of locations required. Matching terrain for road work, sheriff car chases, helicopter landing and takeoff points, interior café diner (Saugus), lecture interior, train station (Acton), tracks for the AMTRAK train to travel for filming while the train was in motion! The production company (Universal Studios) and AMTRAK had to gain permission from Metro Rail to use right of way on their rail tracks, with the film train waiting on side bar tracks for the daily Metro schedules. Filming the bus interior while moving on back roads of Acton, the town of Piru for the bus passengers to disembark, completely dressing the Piru Main Street for the scripted scenes. An epic for a two hour Movie of the Week, this was a very busy shoot; every member of the crew drove to each location on their own. Not one person was put up in a hotel during the entire filming schedule. See more »

Goofs

Driving through "Aqua Verde" a street sign above can be seen for "Magic Mountain Parkway" See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Algric Bartles: Who's in charge here?
Landis: You got him.
[is shown ID]
Landis: FBI? Oh, the victim's ID pegged him as some kind...
Algric Bartles: Peter Hayward. We know who he is.
Landis: So what is going on?
Algric Bartles: That's calssified.
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Connections

Followed by Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For (2000) See more »

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Good to see Jessica Fletcher back in action!
25 September 2014 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

It is good to see Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) back in action in the first TV movie after the Murder, She Wrote TV series ended. This time, Jessica meets a woman named Sarah (Mel Harris) while on a train to El Paso. Sarah disappears and leaves her purse behind, setting a stage of events where Sarah is believed to have witnessed a homicide and a criminal is pursuing her to reclaim a possession, leading the involvement of the FBI and leaving Jessica caught in the middle of the mayhem.

This movie possesses the same charm, sleuth tactics and plot twists and turns of the TV series, and is filled with some intriguing plot points and daring investigation scenes that puts Jessica all over the map that one would find compelling. The direction and pacing are pretty good, aside from the plot that tends to drag a little towards the middle of the movie. The acting is also pretty spot on.

With all the finger-pointing and unpredictability elements in the movie, you would be eager to find the truth of the matter and who is behind the all the criminal activities. It is a good TV movie that is a nice throwback to the heyday of the TV series.

Grade B


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