Jessica Fletcher (Dame Angela Lansbury) discovers a shocking old family secret leading her on a journey to the deep South to bring to light the mysterious details surrounding the death of a slave owned by one of her long-dead ancestors in the mid 1800s.Written by
Michael Jace portrayed a man falsely accused of committing murder in this movie. In real-life, Jace murdered his wife, April, on May 19, 2014. A jury convicted Jace of second-degree murder in her shooting death. See more »
Samuel Pinckney was accused of killing a white plantation owner. Some of what you've been taught about the American South before the Civil War is true, some is not. Sam was condemned without a trial and killed for crimes that my research suggests he did not commit. He had lived peaceably on a plantation in Culpeper, Virginia, owned by one Sarah McCullough. Unfortunately, we may never know the whole story regarding Samuel Pinckney, and this is both a sad fact of history, and for me,...
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Apart from starting off a tad slow and one or two of the props and extra took away from the authenticity of the period, this is a very good and well executed TV movie, based off the wonderful TV show. It looks wonderful, not only in the present day but especially in the flashbacks, where the costumes, photography, sets and scenery are marvellous. The music is a delight too, playful and memorable yet is dramatic in places as well. The dialogue is good enough too, the direction is fine and the story is well written and dramatic with a very poignant and equally dramatic ending. The acting is excellent, Angela Lansbury once again gives a very strong performance but I was also delighted by how dignified and integral Michael Jace was as Sam. Overall, a really very good TV movie. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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