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Recipe for Murder (2002)

A medical examiner investigates his niece's mysterious death in a car accident.


Vic Sarin


Joe Wiesenfeld


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Basaraba ... Murray Maguire
Larissa Laskin ... Corinne Riggs
Jonathan Whittaker ... Judge Comden
Richard Chevolleau ... Otis Johnson
Joseph Griffin ... Vane Hawthorn
Carlo Rota ... Simeon Vreeman
Merwin Mondesir ... Dylan
Daniel Kash ... Henry Bettencamp
Anne Openshaw Anne Openshaw ... Leona Spencer
Martin Roach ... Abraham Corneille
Stavroula Logothettis Stavroula Logothettis ... Maureen Purdy
Bill Lake ... Ernie Spencer
Raoul Bhaneja ... Sidney Liebenthal
Kathleen Lasky Kathleen Lasky ... Myra Klein
Geoffrey Bowes Geoffrey Bowes ... Julius Klein


A medical examiner investigates his niece's mysterious death in a car accident.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




UK | Canada | USA



Release Date:

4 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Murray Maguire, M.E. See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Recipe for Bad Acting
22 October 2005 | by krorieSee all my reviews

Even for a TV movie this one should have been much better. The story is fair about a car wreck that kills a young actress who happens to be the New York City medical examiner's goddaughter. He suspects that the wreck was no accident. Just as in Roman times when poisoned mushrooms were called the "food of the gods" by palace conspirators so in "Recipe for Murder" mushrooms are suspected by the examiner to be the murder weapon. There are a few twists and turns along the way but by in large mainly a routine mystery yarn. What really hurts is the poor acting, especially by the lead Gary Basaraba whose histrionics distract from the cold hard facts of the case. He is not completely to blame. The writer put far too many words into his mouth. His parables become tiresome after awhile as does his fake accent.

The print I watched on television had poor lighting and the color appeared bleached. Otherwise the cinematography was OK for a TV movie.

Not a complete waste of time but with satellite television you should be able to find a much better mystery movie to watch.

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