The movie "Murder at 1600" is far from excellent but it is worth viewing. There is some sexual tension between Wesley Snipes and Diane Lane and Alan Alda is cast against type as a villian. Daniel J. Travanti is also fine. The plot is actually fairly predictable. I like Wesley Snipes as an actor but this is not his finest role. He plays a D. C. homocide detective who has to investigate the murder of a staffer that occurs in the White House. Of course, his investigation causes him to bump heads with the White House chief of staff, Travanti and other bureaucrats including the Secret Service. Some of the plot twists are a little far fetched as Diane Lane character being an excellent marksman who won gold at the Olympics.
I enjoyed the movie and would recommend it but also, as with most films set in Washington, D. C. the geography is not quite right. This movie does have some humor as the fact that Wesley Snipes is about to be evicted from his home by some government agency and the tenants in the building think that as a detective, he could influence the eviction.
If this movie was coming out now, I do not know if it would be worth the price of a ticket at the multiplex but to rent it and watch it at home would be fine. Especially if you are a fan of Snipes, Alda, or Diane Lane. They are all fine. The movie could have been a bit better written. Dennis Miller is Snipes partner but he comes and goes in the movie and this hurts his overall impact in the film. The actor who plays the president seems a little weak to actually be a president. I guess that you should realize that this is fiction and not realism.