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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 in 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

Jim McClafferty was the location manager, working with the Production Designer/art department, whose responsibilities included obtaining film permits, contracts with property sites/owners for filming specific exterior and interior locations. On payroll at the same time the art department personnel are hired, working with the film's production manager, director, producers, scouting locations and arranging transportation for the department heads, assistants; final production scout before filming commences. McClafferty supervises the final clean-up, mop out of the filming location sight, requiring both set dressing, drapery-carpet-flooring, greens, and the construction department supervisor and crews labor to remove scenic installations from the location sights. No location is practical, just actual, with major work required to comply with script and directorial demands. See more »

Goofs

After Jessica and Agent Guzman find the computer chip with the satellite codes on it, Guzman casually picks it up and hands it to Jessica. Without taking precautions to prevent static electricity this would have fried the chip and rendered it useless. See more »

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A true delight
27 June 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I do agree that this is a must see for fans of the show like I am. I don't think any of the TV movies achieve the level of greatness the show does but they come close. This could be the best of them, and the one that is most like the show in terms of tone. The plot is filled with intriguing twists and turns though nothing too complicated, and the script has some great moments as well. The direction is solid, the pacing is good in general if a tad draggy in the middle half and the scenery and photography are striking. I liked the beautiful and haunting music too, and the acting is fine, especially from Angela Lansbury(obviously), while Mel Harris and Keith David also give good turns. Overall, a true delight for fans of the series. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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