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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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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
In its own way, a camp classic See more (63 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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
 
Art Department
John Paterson .... construction manager
 
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)
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 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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Though the film is supposed to be set in 1952, the car that Tony Curtis uses to deliver Kim Novak is a 1959 Cadillac.See more »
Quotes:
[Jason is taking Miss Marple to see Marina]
Jason Rudd:Miss Marple?
Miss Jane Marple:Yes, Mr. Rudd?
Jason Rudd:She's dead.
Miss Jane Marple:I rather suspected as much. And you?
Jason Rudd:I killed her. I put poison in her hot chocolate last night. It was inevitable she would have been discovered. I... couldn't let her face the humiliation. She suffered enough.
Miss Jane Marple:You must have loved her very much.
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Movie Connections:
References For Them That Trespass (1949)See more »
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19 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
In its own way, a camp classic, 31 July 2005
Author: blanche-2 from United States

The Mirror Crack'd is one of the many Agatha Christie stories made into an all-star film. This one is more campy and less opulent than "Murder on the Orient Express," for instance, but for what it is, it's pretty good. Set in the '50s in Miss Marple's village of St. Mary Mead, the film stars lots of big names from that era: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis, Kim Novak - a veritable who's who of '50s megastars. Angela Lansbury plays Miss Marple, and she's perfect in the role. The film also has an appearance by Pierce Brosnan in a small, uncredited part.

The script has the Taylor and Novak characters camping it up with bitchy insults which I don't quite remember from the book. The story concerns a movie star, her husband, her co-star nemesis, etc., coming to St. Mary Mead to make a movie. During a party, a local resident is murdered, but the intended victim is assumed to be Taylor. It's up to Miss Marple to unravel the mystery as more murders occur.

The scene between Taylor and Edward Fox is especially good, and I've never been sure if Taylor falling on top of Hudson on the bed was supposed to be funny or not - in the movie theater, it got a laugh.

It's great to see all these old stars in the same film. By the way, perhaps this was mentioned by one of the posters - this story is based on a real-life incident that happened to Gene Tierney.

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