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Murder in Greenwich

4.5 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews

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Based on a book by Mark Fuhrman, MURDER IN GREENWICH is a brilliant and compelling chronicle of the events surrounding the former LAPD officer’s investigation into the unsolved murder of 15-year-old Martha Moxley.In the late 1990s, Mark Fuhrman (Christopher Meloni – TV’s “Oz,” “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”) became obsessed with the unsolved murder of a young girl in Greenwich, Connecticut. The case, originally front-page news across the country when Kennedy nephews Tommy and Michael Skakel became prime suspects, had been all but forgotten. But with the determination of a pitbull and the assistance of Detective Steve Carroll (Robert Forster – Mulholland Drive, Jackie Brown), Fuhrman helped bring a murderer to justice and lift the veil of secrecy that kept this brutal crime a mystery for over twenty-five years.

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The made-for-TV Murder in Greenwich is a true crime story with a twist: the sleuth in pursuit of the truth here is former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman, who gained infamy during the O.J. Simpson trial. Greenwich opens in 1997 with Fuhrman (Christopher Meloni of Oz), having relocated to Idaho and become a successful author, obsessed by the murder of Martha Moxley, a young woman from a wealthy Connecticut family who was brutally killed by an unknown assailant 22 years earlier. Fuhrman heads east, where his presence causes friction with the local law. But with the help of a retired cop (Robert Forster) who worked on the case, Fuhrman cuts through a maze of mismanaged investigations and cover-ups to place new suspicion on Moxley's wastrel neighbors, the Skakel brothers, who have familial ties to the Kennedys. Excellent performances by Meloni and Forster and direction make this a worthwhile case for true-crime buffs. --Paul Gaita

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Product Details

  • Actors: Christopher Meloni, Robert Forster, Maggie Grace, Toby Moore, Jon Foster
  • Directors: Tom McLoughlin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2003
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008UALH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,978 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Murder in Greenwich" on IMDb

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By A Customer on June 27, 2003
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After reading the book (you know the book is always better) I was just sure the movie couldn't live up to that. You do, in fact, get more from the book, but I thought the movie did a fine job telling Martha's story. The way the actress (I can't remember her name) narrated the story as if it were really Martha telling it was very compelling. It sort of drew you in to the story and made it more personal. I found it to be a well-acted and well told story. Thank goodness Mr. Fuhrman did get involved and helped to get this case solved. The one crucial thing that needed to be done was to bring justice to a beautiful young girl and her family and to have her story tastefully told and I think both the movie and the book did just that.
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I looked in every book and cranny I could find about the Moxley murder through the years. I have always been intrigued by the case and wondered why it took so long for someone to finally put this into television/movie form. If the Moxley murder interests you, I highly recommend this movie. It compliments the book nicely and gives a unique, creative perspective to looking through the glass darkly. I am convinced they finally got the right man, even though I don't necessarily agree with the way it all went down. Just think... if those rich folks had only told the TRUTH in the beginning and accepted the punishment, Michael would have been charged as a juvenile and most likely been out by now! He would have hopefully gotten some help and possibly even turned into a productive member of society. Instead, his own family contributed to his personal hell by bouncing him around reform schools and such, only adding to his misery, as well as to that of the Moxleys. The state attorney's office and those corrupt officials who sat and did NOTHING on this case for twenty something years should truly be ashamed of themselves. It's despicable and disgraceful! God Bless the Moxley family who had to wait so long to see justice for Martha. I'm glad the story continues to be told, that we shall never forget what happened to this beautiful, young lady in the town of Greenwich on Hacker's night in 1975.
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I was 19 and a Freshman in College when Martha Moxley was murdered I remember going back to my room after visiting a friend Saturday Oct 31 1975 the day after she was killed and running into a girl from one of my classes and she was crying I asked what was wrong she said her sisters friend had been killed the girl was from Greenwich and the friend was Martha Moxley Fast forward to late July 1976 I flew out to see my best friend on Long Island NY for about 10 days toward the end of my visit my friends Dad asked if we wanted to take a trip with him to Greenwich CT to pick up his stepmother at her friends home there it was about a 2 hour drive on the way there her Father told us the story about a blonde teenager killed there Halloween but it was unsolved scared me to death because I was blonde (Found out many months later the son of Sam was around then too) we went into Belle Haven and it turned out that his stepmothers friends were the Fuchs Martha Moxleys close friends Mrs Fuchs was very kind Holly Fuchs was very kind but Toti Fuchs was rude not allowing us to touch anything because we weren't ftom Greenwich then Mrs Fuchs mentioned Martha and how Martha would've befriended us my friend asked if we could go in the backyard and I remember thinking that the backyard was bigger than my parents entire house!! Mark Fuhrman did a fantastic job on the book describing the attitude and how they didn't like outsiders the Movie lacked a little some of the names were changed Maggie Grace was good as Martha telling her side of the story I feel for the Moxleys with Michael Skakel kept trying to get out of prison and keeps dragging the Moxleys into court last time was 2014 and can't let Martha rest in peace as we left Greenwich that day in summer 1976 my friends Dad asked which house Had been Martha's and as we drove slowly past such a beautiful home such a horrible crime almost 40 Years later I will never forget Oct 31 1975 or the Trip to Greenwich CT
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I remember Martha Moxley's murder as I was around her age when it happened. I enjoyed Mark Fuhrman's book however, I think there could have been a better job done with this movie. The music gave it a haunting mood, but it was so shallow and left out so much of how that creep Michael Skaekel and his uber-rich family did everything in their power to bury this by pure avoidance of the law using their name, money, political connections and big-time lawyers to do their dirty work (Chappaquiddick anyone?). I would love to see a real movie with the in-depth murder, history of the Skaekels, Moxley's, the years and years of time and people involved to finally put this sad tale to rest. I give Mark Fuhrman kudos for working on this case and finally getting some satisfaction by putting a murderer in jail after that joke of a trial and horrible double murder he got sucked into that ultimately made a mockery of everything and let a killer have a not guilty verdict. We all will stand before God on judgement day, and I have no pity for murders and people who balantly cover for a murderer(s).
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If you're familiar with the case and Fuhrman's book, this is a well done, but too brief (wish there was a director's cut) biopic of Martha's story and the events that led to the publishing of the book. The name changes of some characters is mildly distracting and confusing, especially if you've studied the case and expect to hear names such as "Ken Littleton" in the movie. Maggie Grace is excellent and brings Martha to life, infusing the self conscious nuances of a teenage girl entering into her prime (biting her nails, smelling her hair) - This information was likely imparted to Grace by Dorothy Moxley drawing on memories of her daughter. Grace is a bit more exotic in appearance than Martha but M.M. was no less beautiful in an all American way.
Christopher Meloni is solid and does resemble Mark Fuhrman physically. The only casting that is lacking was the part of Dorothy Moxley, as the actress doesn't project the inner strength of the real article. This movie is worth the watch.
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