Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
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Shooting in Rome 

Jessica is doing re-writes for a movie that is beset with both artistic and financial problems. When the stunt man dies doing a car jump scene, the director is charged with murder. It is up to Jessica to find the real killer.


Vincent McEveety


Peter S. Fischer (created by), Richard Levinson (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Bruce Abbott ... Monte Hayes
Lisa Banes ... Lucy Hendrix
Lorenzo Caccialanza ... Inspector Amati
Mike Connors ... Boyce Brown
Allen Cutler ... Gary Hayes
Louis Giambalvo ... Raimondo Bonelli
Sam Hennings ... Webb Prentiss
Allan Miller ... Jake Farber
Antony Ponzini ... Tomaso Ciurillo
Ben Reed ... Rex Toland
Shawn Weatherly ... Kate Danbury
Lisa Vultaggio ... Adrianna Bonelli
Victor Alfieri ... Italian Assistant Director


In Rome to revise a script loosely based on one of her books, Jessica finds a star and director at each other's throats, a producer running out of money, and a rash of thefts. But when a stunt gone wrong leaves a stunt man dead, Jessica must find the person responsible. Written by mama.sylvia

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

16 November 1995 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is quirky. When Monte is arrested by the police his insignia on his hat resembles the one Mussolini had on his hat. See more »


[last lines]
Kate Danbury: Jess, uh did Monte tell you we've added a new romance to the picture?
Jessica Fletcher: Between you and the saloon bartender?
Kate Danbury: No, between me and the director.
Jessica Fletcher: Well, since you both know what you want, you don't need a writer. Just... improvise.
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References Cleopatra (1963) See more »

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Do as the Romans do
8 March 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode of Murder She Wrote has two reappearances of characters seen in previous stories. Mike Connors returns as a harried film producer trying to get one of Jessica Fletcher's stories turned into a feature film. And Lorenzo Caccialanza returns as an Italian police inspector who is also a big fan of JB Fletcher, writer and detective.

As Angela Lansbury plods away trying to put some life back into her own story, there is a murder committed and rather cleverly of a stuntman during the shooting of the film. It might very well have passed for a tragic accident on another set. The victim Sam Hennings was not the most lovable character himself.

I will say this you will hope the perpetrator gets a sympathetic jury when the individual comes to trial. As JB Fletcher chalks another one up for justice.

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