The Mirror Crack'd (1980)

PG  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  19 December 1980 (USA)
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Miss Jane Marple comes to solves the mystery when a local woman is poisoned and a visiting movie star seems to have been the intended victim.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendy Morgan ...
Margaret Courtenay ...
Bates, The Butler
Maureen Bennett ...
Carolyn Pickles ...
Miss Giles
Eric Dodson ...
The Major
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
Vicar (as Charles Lloyd-Pack)
Richard Pearson ...
Thick Wilson ...
The Mayor
Pat Nye ...
Peter Woodthorpe ...
Scout Master


The year is 1953. The small English village of St. Mary Mead, home to Miss Jane Marple, is delighted when a big American movie company arrives to make a movie telling of the relationship between Jane Grey and Elisabeth I, starring the famous actresses Marina Rudd and Lola Brewster. Marina arrives with her husband, Jason, and when she discovers that Lola is going to be in the movie with her she hits the roof as Lola and Marina loathe each other on sight. Marina has been getting death threats and at a party at the manor house, Heather Babcock, after boring Marina with a long story, drinks a cocktail made for Marina and dies from poisoning. Everybody believes that Marina is the target but the police officer investigating the case, Inspector Craddock isn't sure so he asks Miss Marple, his aunt, to investigate... Written by Lee Horton <>

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the murderer among them all?


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19 December 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie's The Mirror Crack'd  »

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SEK 2,135,028 (Sweden)

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Did You Know?


The picture marked a return to the silver screen of actress Kim Novak who by this time was only making rare appearances in movies. See more »


When tending to her garden, Miss Marple appears to be using a rather modern pair of secateurs. See more »


Marina Rudd: [to Lola Brewster] What are you supposed to be, a birthday cake? Too bad everybody's HAD a piece.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1953 See more »


Spoofs The Day of the Jackal (1973) See more »


A Wandering Minstrel, I
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pretty good
12 February 2002 | by (La La Land) – See all my reviews

Surprisingly faithful adaption of the excellent Christie book adds some campy insults to the story by having Taylor and Novak square off as jealous rivals, but the outcome still carries a mild punch. Lansbury is excellent as Jane and it's nice to see Liz reunited with Hudson after their stint in the 50's on Giant. One of the better all star casts for an Agatha picture, with a nice recreation of St Mary Mead. Makes you feel like you're really in a small English village.

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