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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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Director:
Writers:
Jonathan Hales (screenplay) &
Barry Sandler (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 December 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the murderer among them all?
Plot:
Jane Marple 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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Cast

  (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Agatha Christie's The Mirror Crack'd" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
105 min
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Black and White (opening sequence) | Color (colour) (Technicolor)
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Certification:
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
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Trivia:
The poster for "Murder at Midnight" seen at the screening bears the genuine actor's names.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The houses in the village have UHF television aerials. In Britain, broadcasting on the UHF band did not begin until the 1960s, when BBC2 started.See more »
Quotes:
Marina Rudd:Lola, dear, you know, there are really only two things I dislike about you.
Lola Brewster:Really? What are they?
Marina Rudd:Your face.
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21 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
At least it has an Agatha Christie plot, 20 November 2001
Author: Spleen from Canberra, Australia

This is the film that launched Angela Lansbury's career as a television sleuth. The character she began playing four years later was much the same as the one she plays here - and it's not Miss Marple. Not that purists have any right to complain. Agatha Christie's Miss Marple isn't really Miss Marple, either. Miss Marple first appeared in "Murder at the Vicarage" (published 1930), and I can't help thinking of the character in that book as the REAL Miss Marple: a transparent, almost pathologically nosy woman who thoroughly enjoyed prying for its own sake, who as capable of solving mysteries because she was unable to rest so long as there was potential gossip she didn't know about. She wasn't a saint, she wasn't an inspired guesser, and she wasn't wise.

Almost immediately, though (in "The Tuesday Club Mysteries", published 1932), Miss Marple transformed into someone who WAS saintly, inspired and, worst of all, wise, and it's this latter, less agreeable Miss Marple that dominates the subsequent novels. What obligation does anyone else have to be authentic, if Agatha Christie herself wasn't? So far as I'm concerned the character is now fair game for any revisionist interpretation whatever; and if so, give me Angela Lansbury's energy over Joan Hickson's "authenticity" any day. ...Strange, then, that the film doesn't really work. The puzzle itself is a real humdinger - one of Christie's very best, in my opinion - and the denouement is handled very well. But there's something bookish and stifled about everything leading up to it. Most Christie adaptations have a similar plodding quality (notable exceptions: Billy Wilder's "Witness for the Prosecution", Sidney Gilliat's "Endless Night", and people who have seen René Clair's "And Then There Were None" think highly of that, too) - there's an AIR of excessive fidelity to the book, even when quite a few details have been changed.

One problem unique to this one is the set of laboured jokes at the expense of 1950s Hollywood - at least, the jokes WANT to be at the expense of 1950s Hollywood, but I think they come from "My Big Book of 1000 One-Liners", or some such.

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