Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest

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"It began as a cross country train trip. It became a Federal case-- of murder!"
  • 1997
  • 1 hr 36 min
  • 7.2  (907)

Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest is a thrilling mystery movie starring the iconic Angela Lansbury as the beloved amateur detective Jessica Fletcher. Released in 1997, it was directed by Anthony Shaw with a screenplay by Jon Cooksey and Ali Marie Matheson. The movie begins with Jessica Fletcher visiting a fellow crime writer, friend, and former protegee, Fay Dearing (played by Wendie Malick), at a book convention in Texas. There, she discovers that Fay is embroiled in a legal battle concerning her latest novel, which is accused of plagiarism by a wealthy cattle baron, purchasing agent Morgan Tolliver (played by Cliff Bemis). Tolliver claims that Fay used his family's history as inspiration for her novel.

Together with their mutual publisher, Neil Fletcher (played by Ray Baker), Jessica decides to investigate the allegations against Fay. However, their investigation quickly takes a dangerous turn when they discover that Tolliver is involved in an illegal smuggling operation using his ranch as a cover. Tolliver has many enemies, and it soon becomes apparent that he has been the subject of several threats and attacks, including the murder of his most trusted employee.

As Jessica and Neil delve deeper into the mystery, they must navigate a web of lies and secrets as they attempt to uncover the truth behind Tolliver’s shady and illegal dealings. However, their investigation is hindered continuously by the local authorities and Tolliver's men, who are fiercely protective of their employer. With her sharp mind and intuition, Jessica works tirelessly to solve the case, leading to a dramatic conclusion that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

Angela Lansbury delivers a powerhouse performance as the thoughtful and determined Jessica Fletcher, never failing to captivate viewers with her wit, charm, and intelligence. Ray Baker also impresses as the suave and supportive Neil, who goes to great lengths to assist Jessica in her quest for the truth. And Cliff Bemis’s gut-wrenching portrayal of the troubled and dangerous Tolliver truly brings the character to life.

The movie features beautiful and vivid cinematography, featuring the stunning landscapes of Texas and Mexico. Additionally, the sound and music complement the storyline perfectly, evoking the suspenseful and dangerous atmosphere that permeates throughout the movie.

Overall, Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest is a fantastic addition to the Murder, She Wrote franchise. The movie offers a compelling, well-crafted storyline full of thrilling twists and turns that keep viewers engaged from beginning to end. It is a must-watch for anyone who loves mysteries, thrillers, and Angela Lansbury's iconic portrayal of Jessica Fletcher.

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    1 hr 36 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (907)