Ada Harris, a London charwoman in the 1950's, sees a Dior dress and decides that she's going to own one. First, she scrimps and saves her money, but when she has enough, and takes a trip to... See full summary »
When her doctor recommends that a widow pursue her unfulfilled life ambitions, he doesn't realize that she has always wanted to be a spy. Sending a letter to her congressman gets her an ... See full summary »
Anthony Pullen Shaw
Thomas Ian Griffith,
Bill McKenzie is a retired lawyer who prefers to spend time working on his ranch. But he occasionally takes on a case wherein the defendant is wrongfully convicted or falsely accused, and ... See full summary »
William R. Moses
An aging school teacher (Lansbury) at a Catholic grammar school in Minnesota questions her life's existence when she has to start battling a new bishop (Prosky). As a result she retires and... See full summary »
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.
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 »
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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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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