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The Mirror Crack'd (1980)

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Jane Marple 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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Miss Giles
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The Major
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
Vicar (as Charles Lloyd-Pack)
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Based on the novel by Agatha Christie. 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 <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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


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19 December 1980 (USA)  »

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SEK 2,135,028 (Sweden)
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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 »

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The flashback of Heather accepting Jason's daiquiri (as Cherry relates the tale to Miss Marple) omits her saying she's never tried one before. See more »

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Lola Brewster: Chin up, darling... both of them.
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Kim Novak,Elizabeth Taylor : Super Stars in a Fun Film Mystery
30 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before the terms were invented, Kim Novak, Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and Tony Curtis were movie superstars. In the late 1950's and 1960's few could rival these stars in box office pull. Guy Hamilton assembled this group of once great stars in a great film "The Mirror Crack's" based on the Agatha Christie novel. Starring as detective Miss Marple is a fine actress Angela Lansbury. Lansbury is supported by a cast of wonderful British actors such as Geraldine Chaplin and Pierce Brosnan in a cameo, and other well known character actors, this film is fun to watch especially seeing Kim Novak and Elizabeth Taylor in a funny cat-fight with inside Hollywood humor.

Beautifully photographed in the English Countryside by Chris Challis follows the assembling of a movie company of high strung Hollywood stars making a movie, thus a movie within a movie. There is a twinge of sadness that a real life tragedy affecting the late and much admired film star Gene Tierney is the basis of this mystery. Not going to tell much more of the plot here it is well worth seeing to discover for oneself.

Elizabeth Taylor much the Queen of Hollywood is very fine here and indeed very Queenly, the surprise is a very animated and fun Kim Novak holding her own and much more in her spirited scenes with Elizabeth Taylor and their closeups prove that both Kim Novak and Elizabeth Taylor great cinema beauties and true Movie Queens.


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