Jessica Fletcher (Dame Angela Lansbury) is invited to a will reading in Ireland, and is surprised when she finds out what the besquest is. The family is riven with competing personalities, and a clause in the will requires all of them to work together to discover where the treasure is hidden. It's not long before the bodies start to turn up.
This is the fourth and last "Murder, She Wrote" Movie of the Week that CBS/Leslie Moonves negotiated with Peter Shaw and Dame Angela Lansbury, "Corymore Productions", fulfilling the negotiated settlement cancelling the popular series in 1996. The original Cabot Cove (Mendocino, California series location) never was considered for use as a basis of a story plot in any of the projected four Movie of the Week projects. Peter and Angela wished to close the series occurring in Ireland. During the twelve years of the CBS series, many story plots and scenarios had been set in Ireland. Set in Ireland, second unit filming always was organized to film establishing exterior buildings, landscapes, an automobile driving on country lanes with matching vehicles filmed in conjunction of the movie's local Los Angeles exteriors. This last project gave an excuse for Angela and Peter to film the Ireland inserted establishing shots after filming was completed at Universal Studios. After these exterior Ireland street establishing insert shots were completed, the editors completed and delivered the finished two hour special to CBS. Filmed during 2002, the last "Murder, She Wrote" aired in 2003, after Peter Shaw's death in January 29, 2003. This movie was dedicated as a memorial to Peter Shaw Pullen. See more »
While Jessica is walking in the garden and talking to people after the will video has been viewed, the lapels of her blouse are over her jacket or tucked under it in successive cuts spanning some minutes. See more »
Gather round, gather round and listen. Listen to me now. As you travel through life, you'll encounter many barriers to happiness. You'll go down some rough roads and sometimes you may take a wrong turn. Well, if that happens, take heed of what I say to you now, for some day these words may help you.
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I was not a fan of the "Murder, She Wrote" TV series, but that was because I didn't know what I was missing, and I have enjoyed all the TV movies based on the series since it went off the air.
In Ireland, a group of people watches a video will. Jessica Fletcher is one of those witnessing the now-deceased man explaining how he wants his estate divided, because she made a difference in the man's life many years earlier. Certain members of the man's family do not get all that they feel entitled to, while some servants receive more than they probably should have. Jessica gets the Rose Cottage, though she doesn't really want it. That is just as well, because the man's will is challenged by certain members of the family. In addition, there is a mysterious treasure, and each person named in the will is given a sheet of paper with clues to finding the treasure.
While Jessica intends to return home quickly, she cannot leave after she witnesses a murder (or perhaps the aftermath of one). And someone warns her that she and others should watch out, because certain people cannot be trusted. In fact, Jessica is subjected to danger several times during the movie, but do you think the producers will let anything happen to the star? An additional complication: it appears someone has been embezzling from the family business.
Angela Lansbury makes Jessica charming, perceptive, intelligent, and quite likeable, as she has for years. No one else's performance really stands out, except for a storyteller who resembles a leprechaun. I was led to believe we were going to be sent in several different directions, but at no time did I ever feel I knew who the murderer might be (so I never was given false hope) until Jessica revealed his or her identity at the end. The process of seeing the mystery solved was quite enjoyable, though, as usual.
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