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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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User Reviews:
Taylor's Last Great Film To Date! 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)
Aspect Ratio:
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?

Natalie Wood was the first choice for Marina Rudd but turned the role down after disagreements over cast billing and the portrayal of the character itself.See more »
Revealing mistakes: There are people in front of the vicar's movie projector but they cast no shadows onto the screen while the projector is on. The screen is in fact backlit.See more »
Lola Brewster:Chin up, darling... both of them.See more »
A Wandering Minstrel, ISee more »


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31 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Taylor's Last Great Film To Date!, 27 April 2004
Author: mrcaw1 from United States

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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