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Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest (1997)

Jessica is attacked on a train when she investigates the case of a missing passenger.

Director:

Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)

Writers:

Peter S. Fischer (creator), Richard Levinson (creator) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Jessica Fletcher
Ray Baker ... Wilder
Cliff Bemis ... Richard Loomis
Keith David ... Algric Bartles
Harriet Sansom Harris ... Millie Ogden
Richard Riehle ... Jack Ogden
John Vargas ... Guzman
Mel Harris ... Sarah
Elya Baskin ... Boris
Michael Krawic ... Radley (as Michael A. Krawic)
Nelson Mashita Nelson Mashita ... Takano
Susan Blommaert ... Dottie
Stuart Proud Eagle Grant Stuart Proud Eagle Grant ... Jim Sunrise (as Stuart Grant)
Rance Howard ... Jarvis Bean
Lisa LaCroix Lisa LaCroix ... Pearl Sunrise
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Storyline

Jessica Fletcher is on a train headed for El Paso. She shares a table in the dining car with a woman who subsequently vanishes, leaving her purse on the table. Then a message is announced for the woman and Jessica accepts it. This leads to an attack in her compartment and a demand for 'it'. She has no idea what 'it' is and is rescued by a man claiming to be a journalist. The plot thickens. She is warned away by an FBI man, but continues to follow her clues to Agua Verde where the woman apparently lives. The plot twists and turns as she delves deeper into a most devious mystery. Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Production coordinated with Amtrak to secure a train for the filming of the MOW. The train was assembled to originate downtown, at the Union Pacific Railroad terminal. The train followed the route of tracks to Santa Clarita while filming occurred on the train. One car was gutted of seating, to be used as the dining car. The set decorator provided tables and chairs. Construction added lighting fixtures between the window verticals, wired for electricity sourced by batteries. The interior compartment sitting room was built on a Universal Studio stage for process filming. In Santa Clarita, at the end of the line, the train remained on the end siding for additional filming. Location interiors and exteriors were all within a twenty mile radius of Santa Clarita. See more »

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Driving through "Aqua Verde" a street sign above can be seen for "Magic Mountain Parkway" See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Algric Bartles: Who's in charge here?
Landis: You got him.
[is shown ID]
Landis: FBI? Oh, the victim's ID pegged him as some kind...
Algric Bartles: Peter Hayward. We know who he is.
Landis: So what is going on?
Algric Bartles: That's calssified.
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Followed by Murder, She Wrote: The Last Free Man (2001) See more »

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A must see for fans of the series.
18 May 2002 | by NHG-FreemanSee all my reviews

This was the first TV-movie that continued the mysteries of crime novelist and amateur sleuth Jessica Fletcher, a role that Angela Lansbury made loved around the world in the popular TV series, Murder She Wrote.

On the outside it may seem like just a feature length episode of that show, but if you look at it closely you'll see that it has some wonderful moments that make it a superior TV-movie. I suppose having said that you really do need to have an interest in this sort of TV mystery formula and if you have a love for the show then you will adore this.

There are some wonderful moments of mystery and intrigue built up and towards the end you are gagging to find out the truth as you always are in these mysteries. Also,as usual with a good mystery, there are some wonderful twists and turns which I'm obviously not going to talk about. I would recommend this to die hard fans of the series and anyone who enjoys a good mystery.


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