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In the year 2042, a clumsy noir gumshoe named Tex Murphy must stop a cult of religious fanatics who plan to destroy the human race.


Chris Jones


Aaron Conners (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Earl Jones ... Great P.I. of the Universe (voice)
Brian Keith ... The Colonel
Russell Means ... The Chameleon
Margot Kidder ... Bartender
Chris Jones Chris Jones ... Tex Murphy / Inspector Burns
Michail Bailey Michail Bailey ... Lowell Percival
Mindy Lawson Mindy Lawson ... Eva Schanzee
Rebecca Clay Rebecca Clay ... Alaynah Moore
Monique Lanier Monique Lanier ... Countess Renier
Kevin Jones Kevin Jones ... Mac Malden (as Kevin L. Jones)
Sandy Jensen Sandy Jensen ... Eddie Ching
Douglas Vandegrift Douglas Vandegrift ... Rook Garner / Beek Nariz / Sal Lucido
Randall Edwards Randall Edwards ... Louie LaMintz
Suzanne Barnes Suzanne Barnes ... Chelsee Bando
Jeri Christian Jeri Christian ... Francesca Lucido


In the year 2042, a clumsy noir gumshoe named Tex Murphy must stop a cult of religious fanatics who plan to destroy the human race.

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Release Date:

31 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon See more »

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Access Software Inc. See more »
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A big screen adaptation was planned, and set for a summer of 1996 release, and set to star Soelei Moon Frye. Frye even made a guest appearance on the Jenny Jones show to promote the planned adaptation but the plans fell though. See more »


Tex Murphy: My gun. I love it *soooo* much.
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Crazy Credits

Three outtakes play during the closing credits. See more »


References The People's Court (1981) See more »

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A Classic of Computer Cinema
16 October 2002 | by Exploding PenguinSee all my reviews

This remains, for all time, my favourite computer game. There has never been a better blend of game and movie. Not only is the game challenging and fun, but the movie happens to be exceptionally well written. Chris Jones directs the action and stars as the main character, Tex Murphy, a loveable blend of Humphrey Bogart and Peter Sellers. The story is a P.I. drama with a twist--it's set in post WWIII San Francisco, in a world where flying cars, space stations, laser beams, and mutants are all run-of-the-mill occurrences. Beginning with a simple robbery investigation, the game slowly builds to a much more frightening level. It is a tale of the far-reaching dangers of bigotry and hatred. The story encompasses all of recorded history, and is written so cleverly that it could very well come true.

Although the game contains many frightening moments, as well as points where the fate of the ENTIRE WORLD rests on Tex's shoulders, it is balanced out by the gumshoe's caustic wit. One especially memorable scene is when, in the boardroom of a mysterious corporation, hiding from a killer security robot, Tex can look at the pictures of the board members and come up with a witty remark for each and every one. I would recommend this game to anyone who likes detective stories, futuristic tales, and problem-solving computer games. Again, it is the perfect blend of game and movie. The game will keep you on your toes, while the movie will keep you in stitches.

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