Rehearsal for Murder (1982)





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Richard Levinson and William Link serve up another Thinking Man's murder mystery with the made-for-television Rehearsal for Murder. Playwright Robert Preston is on the verge of marrying glamorous film star Lynn Redgrave. But a scant few hours after her Broadway debut, Redgrave is found dead, an apparent suicide. Convinced that Redgrave was murdered, Preston contacts the most likely suspects and assembles them in an empty theatre, ostensibly to read through his latest play. But Preston locks the doors and uses his play as a means to, in the words of Hamlet, "catch the conscience" of the killer. Filmed under the working title Cold Reading , Rehearsal for Murder was the winner of the Edgar Award, a prize bestowed annually by the Mystery Writers of America. It was first broadcast on May 26, 1982.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Robert Papazian Productions

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Robert Preston
as Alex Dennison
Lynn Redgrave
as Monica Welles
Patrick Macnee
as David Mathews
Lawrence Pressman
as Lloyd Andrews
William Russ
as Frank Heller
Madolyn Smith Osborne
as Karen Daniels
Jeff Goldblum
as Leo Gibbs
William Daniels
as Walter Lamb
Nicholas Mele
as The First Officer
Young Buck
as Lieutenant McElroy
Charlie Robinson
as The Second Officer
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5.5/10. Inspite of a great cast, the television origins of this film are clearly evident and it would have benefitted by an increase of activity in the editing room. Predictable, trite and not particularly suspenseful. This wannabe Agatha Christie just lacks the style needed to make it work.

James Higgins
James Higgins

[b]Rehearsal for Murder[/b] [color=Red]***[/color] [i]With Robert Preston and Lynn Redgrave Directed by David Greene[/i] In a dark theater, a screenwriter brings together five members of his former theater troupe to supposedly rehearse a script he has written, but it is soon discovered he has actually brought them together to root out a murderer in their mist! An excellent cast does fine work in an intriguing whodunit with a surprising twist. Excellent writing (by the creators of "Columbo", so you know it's good) and acting bring this a notch above most TV movies.

Neclord Sword
Neclord Sword

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