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Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For (2000)

TV-PG | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 18 May 2000
Jessica puts her sleuthing skills to work at a writers' conference after a Russian author is found murdered.


Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Richard Crenna ... Warren Pierce
Robert Mailhouse ... Mason Phillips - FBI Agent
Kathryn Morris ... Patricia Williams
Steven Culp ... William Batsby
Duncan Regehr ... Yuri Malenkovich
Alan Fudge ... Matt Rolands
Jay Acovone ... Lt. Det. Bob Mankowski
Santiago Douglas ... John Mendoza
Kathy Evison ... Peggy Ryan
Dan Martin ... Paul Neilly - FBI Agent
Scott Burkholder
Daniel Dae Kim ... Everett Jang
Henri Lubatti ... Feyoder
J. Patrick McCormack J. Patrick McCormack ... Joseph Brennan


Jessica Fletcher becomes a speaker at Speakers' Incorporated attended by various authors. Russian author Uri Malenkovitch also attends to promote his book about the KGB. When he is killed, Jessica must help a struggling writer who is accused of his murder.

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Jessica's back to write a few wrongs.


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Release Date:

18 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arabesque: Le pacte de l'écrivain See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, located in Hollywood across from the original Grauman Chinese Theatre, was the film's hotel lobby interiors. The hotel check-in desk was positioned in the West side of the lobby, opposite the Hotel's actual main desk check-in! Primarily to provide little interruption, unnecessary actual hotel guest activity during the filming process. The set decorator Don Remacle switched and added furniture, tables, lamps and plants to the existing lobby. The hotel rooms and corridors were built on stage at Universal Studios. See more »


While Jessica is reading Yuri's manuscript, Warren knocks on her door and the pages in the book indicate that she is almost finished reading it. But when the camera changes to look over her shoulder, the pages in the book show that she is now back near the beginning. See more »


Jessica Fletcher: We had a few words, yes.
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A TV movie to Die For!
19 October 2014 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

It is good to see Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury) back in action in the second TV movie after the Murder, She Wrote TV series ended. This time, Jessica is among the guest authors at the Speakers Incorporated to give a speech. Russian author Uri Malenkovitch (Duncan Regehr) is another attending author and plans to promote his book about his former days in the KGB. When he is murdered, Jessica is called upon to help solve the case.

This movie possesses the same charm, sleuth tactics and plot twists and turns of the TV series, and is filled with much intriguing plot points and daring investigation scenes that puts Jessica collaborating with the sometimes oblivious local investigators and FBI agents to solve the case (it would have been better to have the detectives and FBI prove to be a little more resourceful and credible than relying on Jessica so much). I especially enjoyed how each of the authors has a background story and each one is considered a suspect, like a Clue-style case.

The direction and pacing are pretty good and, although much of the movie is all-talk and less action, the quality of the acting, the aspects of the drama and script, and the unpredictability of the plot made the movie nonetheless captivating. I also especially enjoyed some of Lansbury's eloquent and meaningful dialog she delivered throughout the movie.

With all the finger-pointing and perplexed situations, you would be eager to find the truth of the matter and who is behind the all the murder. It is a good TV movie that continues the nice throwback to the heyday of the TV series.

Grade B+

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