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

Jessica puts her sleuthing skills to work at a writers' conference after a Russian author is found murdered.

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Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arabesque: Le pacte de l'écrivain See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Layton had been the cameraman operating the master lens under the Director of Photography on the "Murder, She Wrote" series, "Mrs. Santa Claus" and the first MSW MOW. This was Bill Layton's first MSW credit as Director of Photography. See more »

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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 »

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[in the conference room]
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Jessica Fletcher: Yes, well uh, it was, it, it was the hardest thing that I've ever done. But, popular culture not withstanding there is such a thing as right and wrong. The taking of a human life for any reason is wrong. You can never nudge the moral compass far from its true North without losing ...
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One of the better TV movies based off the show
27 June 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Along with South By Southwest(the best of the TV movies), A Story to Die For is one of the better TV movies based off the TV show, which I am a fan of. There are one or two parts in the middle half that drag slightly, but A Story To Die For is strikingly filmed with interesting locations and photography, and the music is excellent. The script is fine as is the direction, and the story is gripping and intense, with an ending that even I never expected. The acting is also strong, Angela Lansbury is superb as Jessica, while Richard Crenna is brilliant here, very likable and the chemistry between him and Lansbury is magic. Overall, a wonderful TV movie. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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