Murder Live!

Murder Live!

Director: Roger Spottiswoode

Cast: Marg Helgenberger, David Morse, Christine Estabrook

     
 

In the middle of a live talk-show telecast hosted by the supremely arrogant Pia Postman (Marg Helgenberger), audience member Frank McGrath (David Morse) suddenly pulls out a gun and seizes control of the studio. Slapping a piece of tape over Pia's mouth (a moment that is invariably applauded by viewersSee more details below

Overview

In the middle of a live talk-show telecast hosted by the supremely arrogant Pia Postman (Marg Helgenberger), audience member Frank McGrath (David Morse) suddenly pulls out a gun and seizes control of the studio. Slapping a piece of tape over Pia's mouth (a moment that is invariably applauded by viewers surfeited with "confrontational" TV talkfests!), Frank threatens to kill her on the air, holding her responsible for the suicide of his daughter -- and just in case the police think of storming the broadcast, Frank has strapped a bomb to himself and will blow up everyone in the studio, including himself, if anyone tries to stop him. Ultimately, Pia is allowed to speak in her own defense before her execution is carried out, and what follows is a grotesque parody of the Jenny Jones-Jerry Springer school of in-your-face tabloid television, with both Pia and Frank trading verbal barbs with the terrified audience and crew members, not to mention the viewers calling in. Meanwhile, SWAT leader Clay Maloney (Peter Horton, who also co-wrote the film) races against time to defuse the situation before blood can be shed in living color in front of an audience of millions. Filmed in "real time" (just as if it were really a talk-show broadcast), Murder Live! borders on the ridiculous on occasion, but that doesn't make it any less entertaining. The made-for-TV meller first aired over NBC on March 9, 1997.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/2004
UPC:
0014381237528
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:32:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marg Helgenberger Pia Postman
David Morse Frank McGrath
Christine Estabrook Dr. Christine Winter
Lauren Tom Marge Fong
Eloy Casados Tony Grenaldi
Neal McDonough Hank Wilson
John O'Hurley Hal Damon
Michael Cullen Capt. Tanner
Teri Garr JoAnn McGrath
Peter Horton Lt. Clay Maloney
Paige Moss Sally McGrath
Julie Caitlin Brown Julia Cafferty
Peter Simmons Brian Fulton
Beverly Neufield Gladys
Jamison Ryan Bob
Mandy Levin Rita

Technical Credits
Roger Spottiswoode Director
Chris Bertolet Original Story,Screenwriter
Gary Chang Score Composer
Lisa Demberg Executive Producer
Peter Horton Executive Producer,Original Story
Robert Sertner Executive Producer
Frank Von Zerneck Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Pia Postman Show [2:20]
2. Our First Guest [5:29]
3. A New Host [3:49]
4. Cue the Tape [6:14]
5. Breaking News [4:37]
6. Retracing the Steps [6:10]
7. Let's Go to a Break [2:40]
8. We are Live [6:25]
9. Judge and Jury [9:05]
10. Special Report [5:30]
11. Preempted [2:15]
12. Why Do You Watch? [2:53]
13. Heartland Ethic [4:22]
14. Difference of Opinions [4:17]
15. Reality Show [5:09]
16. Let's Take a Call [3:57]
17. It'll Just Go Away [7:51]
18. Face to Face [4:17]
19. We Now Return to Our Regularly Scheduled Program [2:57]
20. End Credits [1:15]

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