Murdaugh Murders: The Movie – Part 1 (2023 Lifetime)
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Cast: Bill Pullman
Director: Greg Beeman
Writer: Michael Vickerman
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Synopsis (via Lifetime)
Murdaugh Murders: The Movie follows the twisted true story of Alex Murdaugh played by award-winning actor Bill Pullman, who was found guilty in the double homicide of his wife, Maggie and his son, Paul. For over 100 years, the wealthy and powerful Murdaugh Family were a local dynasty in the South Carolina low country, where they oversaw the prosecution of all criminal cases in the state’s 14th circuit district. But behind all the power, black ties, and fancy dresses Alex had many secrets… Even with all of Alex’s influence, he couldn’t prevent The Murdaugh Family’s legacy from being tarnished after Paul was involved in a boating accident that left a young girl dead. While Maggie was consumed with what was happening with Paul, Alex was hiding his addiction to opioids and stealing insurance settlements from his own clients to fund his habit and the family’s lavish lifestyle. Then in June 2021, Maggie and Paul were found murdered and eyes began to turn to Alex. The bizarre story continued when Alex was nearly shot in the head and his indiscretions and lies began to surface, leading to the eventual unraveling of Alex Murdaugh’s once charmed life.
In part two of The Murdaugh Murders: The Movie, we see the direct aftermath of the murders. Alex Murdaugh (Bill Pullman) tries to build a narrative for the police about what happened. He claimed to have taken a nap and went to see his mother before finding the bodies. While recounting what happened, Alex Murdaugh is overcome with emotions. (Or is he acting? The detectives on the case notice no tears.)
Once the press gets a hold of the story, it becomes a media circus, and Alex Murdaugh’s every move is analyzed. He tries to bribe his mother’s caretaker, Shelley, into sticking with his story and continues throwing back Oxy like candy and can’t pay the money he owes. (His drug dealer beats him up. )
With his world closing in on him, Alex Murdaugh takes drastic steps to get suspicion off him. He hires a hitman to shoot at him to make himself look like the next target. The police aren’t buying it and become even more suspicious.
The police continue to question Alex Murdaugh and zero in on him as a suspect. They find evidence of financial fraud, embezzlement, and faking a hit. Everything is lining up to build the motive for Alex killing his family. He is formally charged with felony charges for the murder of his wife and son. He pleads not guilty, and his bond is denied.
Alex Murdaugh tries to tell his lawyers what to do. They go along with it until a video is retrieved from Paul’s phone, placing Alex at the scene of the murders moments before someone killed them. Alex sticks to his story and promises his lawyers that he will devise a way to dispute the video evidence.
Now, the movie goes full-on into the court case and trial proceedings. Witnesses take the stand and testify against Alex Murdaugh. The most damning is that of Shelley Smith, who disputes his alibi.
Alex Murdoch insists on taking the stand to testify in his own defense.
(against his counsel’s advisement.) He digs himself deeper and deeper with lies.
The jury deliberates for three hours and finds him guilty. We see the murders again, but this time, we see Alex Murdaugh in a blue rain poncho shooting his family in cold blood. It is entirely gratuitous since we saw that violence in part one.
Next, we see Alex clean up after the murders and a shirtless Bill Pullman. (I’ll take it! He is still in good shape.) Then, he goes back to the crime scene to call the police.
Alex claims his innocence to this day and is currently serving two lifetime sentences consecutively.
Side Note/Stray Thoughts
There was no need for part two of this movie that a few paragraphs couldn’t have achieved after part one.
Numbers of Kills: N/A (0 knives)
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