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The Mirror Crack'd -- Agatha Christie's Miss Marple (Angela Lansbury) investigates a murder on the set of a movie filming in her previously quiet little village, and finds a castful of bickering suspects. The marvelous supporting cast includes Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Kim Novak and Tony Curtis.


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Jonathan Hales (screenplay) &
Barry Sandler (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 December 1980 (USA) See more »
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the murderer among them all?
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A memorable movie! See more (67 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Angela Lansbury ... Miss Marple
Wendy Morgan ... Cherry
Margaret Courtenay ... Mrs. Bantry

Charles Gray ... Bates, The Butler
Maureen Bennett ... Heather Babcock
Carolyn Pickles ... Miss Giles
Eric Dodson ... The Major
Charles Lloyd Pack ... Vicar (as Charles Lloyd-Pack)
Richard Pearson ... Doctor Haydock
Thick Wilson ... The Mayor
Pat Nye ... Mayoress
Peter Woodthorpe ... Scout Master

Geraldine Chaplin ... Ella Zielinsky

Tony Curtis ... Martin N. Fenn

Edward Fox ... Inspector Craddock

Rock Hudson ... Jason Rudd

Kim Novak ... Lola Brewster

Elizabeth Taylor ... Marina Rudd
Marella Oppenheim ... Margot Bence
Anthony Steel ... Sir Derek Ridgeley ('Murder at Midnight')

Dinah Sheridan ... Lady Amanda Ridgeley ('Murder at Midnight')
Oriane Grieve ... Kate Ridgely ('Murder at Midnight')
Kenneth Fortescue ... Charles Foxwell ('Murder at Midnight')
Hildegard Neil ... Lady Foxcroft ('Murder at Midnight')
Allan Cuthbertson ... Peter Montrose ('Murder at Midnight')
George Silver ... Da Silva ('Murder at Midnight')
John Bennett ... Barnsby ('Murder at Midnight')

Nigel Stock ... Inspector Gates ('Murder at Midnight')
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Pierce Brosnan ... Actor playing 'Jamie' (uncredited)
John Dalby ... Bandmaster (uncredited)
Bill Dean ... 1st Man in Village Hall (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Policeman (uncredited)
Sam Kydd ... Film Technician (uncredited)
Charles Lamb ... 2nd Man in Village Hall (uncredited)
Richard Leech ... Director of Photography (uncredited)

Derek Lyons ... Queen's Guard (uncredited)
Angus MacKay ... Coroner (uncredited)
Robert Raglan ... Villager (uncredited)

Directed by
Guy Hamilton 
Writing credits
Jonathan Hales (screenplay) &
Barry Sandler (screenplay)

Agatha Christie  novel "The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side" (uncredited)

Produced by
John Brabourne .... producer
Richard B. Goodwin .... producer (as Richard Goodwin)
Original Music by
John Cameron 
Cinematography by
Christopher Challis (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Marden 
Production Design by
Michael Stringer 
Art Direction by
John Roberts 
Set Decoration by
Peter Howitt (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Phyllis Dalton 
Makeup Department
Eric Allwright .... makeup artist
Jill Carpenter .... makeup artist
Helen Lennox .... hairdresser
Production Management
Jim Brennan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Cracknell .... first assistant director
Andy Armstrong .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Ken Tuohy .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
John Paterson .... construction manager
Steve Furneaux .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist (as John Mitchell)
John Richards .... sound recordist
Bill Rowe .... sound recordist
Nicholas Stevenson .... dubbing editor (as Nick Stevenson)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Palmer .... camera operator
John Clark .... best boy (uncredited)
Gary Cross .... electrician (uncredited)
Nobby Cross .... gaffer (uncredited)
Nick Houston .... asst. camera (uncredited)
Bob Penn .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty Adamson .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Roy Birchley .... assistant editor
Music Department
John Cameron .... conductor
Other crew
Gordon Arnell .... publicist
Robert Ellis .... titles
Brian Harris .... supervising accountant
Michael John Knatchbull .... location manager (as Michael-John Knatchbull)
Elaine Schreyeck .... continuity
Elisabeth Woodthorpe .... production secretary
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Also Known As:
"Agatha Christie's The Mirror Crack'd" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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105 min
Black and White (opening sequence) | Color (colour) (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Ireland:PG | Norway:12 (1981) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (2002) (2006) | UK:A (original rating) | USA:PG (MPAA rating: certificate #25985) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Maureen Bennett, who plays Heather Badcock, was also in an episode of Inspector Morse, 'Who killed Harry Field?'. The same house was used as a setting in both 'The Mirror Crack'd' (1980), and 'Who killed Harry Field?' although Maureen played Detective Sergeant Lewis's wife Val, so her scenes were filmed elsewhere.See more »
Anachronisms: 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
A Wandering Minstrel, ISee more »


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19 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
A memorable movie!, 13 November 2004
Author: pachl from Illinois

I have only bought 3 movies in my life, and this is one of them (the other two were: "Victor/Victoria" and "The Emerald Forest".

In another very memorable movie, "Misery", the Kathy Bates character goes into a tirade about how some of the Saturday serials she saw as a kid "didn't play fair with the audience". In contrast, "The Mirror Crack'd" respects the audience's intelligence. When you find out the reason for the murder in this movie, and who did it, the explanation makes perfect sense. Too many other mystery movies seem to revel in keeping the audience in the dark the whole time, and then "pull a fast one" when it comes time to reveal who did the murder and why. "The Mirror Crack'd" is far too cleverly written to ever be guilty of this.

Elizabeth Taylor plays an American actress desperately attempting a comeback after a personal tragedy not only devastated her career but her life as well. Rock Hudson plays her husband, who will be directing her big comeback movie.

Kim Novak is her bitter arch rival. Among other great lines of dialogue, one jab at Taylor is particularly scathing. In a rivalry reminiscent of Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, Kim Novak tries to publicly humiliate Taylor's character by saying, "Darling, not only have you kept your beautiful figure, but you've added so much to it" (I hope I'm remembering that line correctly)

Ms. Taylor gives a remarkable performance here. Her character is emotionally brittle, and just like watercolor paints blend together in odd and interesting combinations when mixed with water, her emotions seamlessly and fluidly change from one second to the next. Taylor's performance is perfectly in synch with the tone of this movie.

Chicago Tribune movie critic, Roger Ebert, once began a movie review by saying, "I hated this movie. I hated everything about this movie". I would like to end my movie review by saying, "I loved this movie. I loved everything about this movie".

Addendum, February 11, 2007 I am staying at the beautiful Hotel Marrols in Bratislava (Slovakia), and can you believe that The Mirror Crack'd is one of the 61 movies they offer? What am amazing coincidence!

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