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

TV-PG | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 18 May 2000
Jessica puts her sleuthing skills to work at a writers' conference after a Russian author is found murdered.


Anthony Pullen Shaw (as Anthony Shaw)


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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 ... Mack Rolands
Jay Acovone ... Lt. Det. Bob Mankowski
Douglas Santiago ... John Mendoza (as Santiago Douglas)
Kathy Evison ... Penny Ryan
Dan Martin ... Paul Neeley - FBI Agent
Scott Burkholder ... Man with Bag
Daniel Dae Kim ... Everett Jang
Henri Lubatti ... Feyoder
J. Patrick McCormack J. Patrick McCormack ... Joseph Brennan


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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Release Date:

18 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest (1997), filmed after the series had been canceled in April 1996, by Leslie Moonves CBS TV, fulfilled the first of the four contracted Movie of the Week (MOW) "settlement" with Angela Lansbury and Peter Shaw's Corymore Productions. Not happy with CBS axing their twelve year Murder, She Wrote (1984) popular series, neither were the couple anxious to go into immediate production for another two hour project. Plus each script proposal had to be approved by the network program division. CBS TV forced Corymore to fulfill the second MOW project after a two and a half years hiatus. Assembling the nucleus production team from the canceled series, the crew were presented with the task of prepping the two hour film within an extreme limited prep period of four weeks! Which included scouting locations, casting, costuming, designing, and for construction/painting of stage sets, to be built at Universal Studios. Asking the Production Designer Hub Braden "if it could be done?" His reply, "it just takes a blank check and an unlimited bank account full of money. Just give us a GO!" See more »


Around 31:37 when Agent Neeley shows his identification to Mack Rollins, it is right-side up. When the camera cuts to a full view of Agent Neeley, the ID is upside-down. See more »


[first lines]
Jessica Fletcher: So there's no age limit on reinventing yourself. Sometimes it just takes us a while to discover what it is that we're good at.
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Follows Murder, She Wrote (1984) See more »

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The title says it all...
19 May 2000 | by forsythe60See all my reviews

Following in the footsteps of the TV show, this TV movie did not disappoint. The characters, most especially J.B. Fletcher were well thought out and the acting was good. It was nice to see the return of one of the greatest television shows of all time, and it came back with a story symbolizing what made Murder, She Wrote so good. The people involved didn't see a TV movie with a bigger budget as an opportunity to create more action and special effects, the true reasons for Murder, She Wrotes popularity: the characters and stories (involvement of the viewer in solving the crime) remained in the fore-ground. It truly was a story, an event, a show to die for. (In the literal sense, of course.)

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