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The Mirror Crack'd (1980)

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

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Inspector Delbert Craddock: [speaking of Marina Rudd and Lola Brewster] I heard the two of them are close. Is that true?
Ella Zielinsky: Close? If you put the two of them together in a tank with a shark, the shark would have an identity crisis.
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Taylor's Last Great Film To Date!
27 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Mirror Cracked (1980) Elizabeth Taylor's last good movie to date. Though the production values are more in line with a well done "made-for-TV" production, I enjoyed this film a lot. Co-starring with a couple of by-gone Hollywood legends, Rock Hudson and Kim Novak (and an uncredited cameo by a young Pearce Brosnan), The Mirror Cracked tells the tale of a famous actress temporarily residing in the English countryside while on location for a film she's starring in.

Early on in the film, a welcome to the countryside party is thrown by the local townsfolk and at the party, one of the guests drops dead. Soon we learn she was poisoned. Then we learn the poison was intended for Miss Taylor. The rest is all suspicion and old rivalries with Taylor at the center of every drama.

Two scenes stand out : one comedic, one dramatic. A bit of fun occurs when Taylor, observing the ravaging of time on her face in a mirror, utters, "Wrinkles, wrinkles, go away, come back on Doris Day!" Too funny.

The other moment comes when audience's focus in on Taylor's great eyes for probably the last time in cinematic history. It happens at a pivotal moment early on in the plot, just before the first victim drops dead of poisoning, and Taylor, at the top of a stairway, dressed in purple to match her eyes, appears startled. She freezes, the guests stop what they're doing and wonder what's happening. Then the director pulls in tight on Miss Taylor's famous eyes and for one short moment in time, we experience once again, all the magnetism and power of that wonderful actress that has captivated viewers for oh these many years.


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