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"Amazing Stories" Mirror, Mirror (1986)

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Original Air Date:
9 March 1986 (Season 1, Episode 19)
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one of Scorsese's most Hitchcockian entries in film-making- a quick feat of cinematic bravado See more (8 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Sam Waterston ... Jordan Manmouth

Helen Shaver ... Karen

Dick Cavett ... Himself

Tim Robbins ... Jordan's Phantom
Dana Gladstone ... Producer
Valerie Grear ... Host (as Valorie Grear)

Michael C. Gwynne ... Jail Attendant

Peter Iacangelo ... Limo Driver
Jonathan Luria ... Cameraman

Harry Northup ... Security Guard (as Harry E. Northup)

Glenn Scarpelli ... Jeffrey Gelb
Jack Thibeau ... Tough Guy

Episode Crew
Directed by
Martin Scorsese 
Writing credits
Steven Spielberg (developer) &
Joshua Brand (developer) &
John Falsey (developer)

Joseph Minion (teleplay)

Steven Spielberg (story)

Produced by
Joshua Brand .... supervising producer
John Falsey .... supervising producer
Skip Lusk .... associate producer
Steven Spielberg .... executive producer
Steve Starkey .... associate producer
David E. Vogel .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Kamen 
Cinematography by
Robert M. Stevens (director of photography) (as Robert Stevens)
Film Editing by
Joe Ann Fogle 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Valorie Massalas 
Production Design by
Rick Carter 
Art Direction by
Lynda Paradise 
Set Decoration by
Catherine Mann  (as Catherine Arnold)
Production Management
Joan Bradshaw .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Ketcham .... second assistant director
John Liberti .... first assistant director
Art Department
Hugo Santiago .... set designer
Sound Department
Michael C. Moore .... sound (as Michael Moore)
John Stacy .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Wayne Rose .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
William Reilly .... motion control technician (1985-1987)
Randy Roberts .... main title producer
Camera and Electrical Department
Rod Weaver .... best boy electric
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carol Hybi .... costume supervisor (as Carol Hybl)
Sanford Slepak .... costume supervisor (as Sandy Slepak)
Editorial Department
James Garrett .... assistant editor
Music Department
John Williams .... composer: theme music
Other crew
James D. Bissell .... title designer (as Jim Bissell)
Ron Cobb .... title designer
Mick Garris .... story editor
Kathleen Kennedy .... production executive
Frank Marshall .... production executive
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

24 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-18 (2006) (self applied) | Finland:K-16 (1988) | USA:PG (certificate #31913)

Did You Know?

The title comes from the Wicked Queen summoning the spirit in the magic mirror in the fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: "Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who's the fairest one of all."See more »
Movie Connections:
References House of Wax (1953)See more »


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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
one of Scorsese's most Hitchcockian entries in film-making- a quick feat of cinematic bravado, 29 November 2006
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

I imagine Martin Scorsese had a lot of fun, in a very brief way, directing this short film in the guise of a little short for the TV series Amazing Stories in the 80s. Probably due mostly to his friendship with Steven Spielberg, Scorsese took up this job while in the midst of directing The Color of Money. Knowing that while watching Mirror, Mirror, I had to think that Scorsese's essential goal was to make an assignment, as sort of director-for-hire, to just make it as stylistically interesting and eye-grabbing as possible. While he doesn't completely reach the homage-like depths that his other film-making friend DePalma reaches, it's a really nifty exercise in twisted paranoia and all as a big goof on horror movies. As Sam Waterston's filmmaker/author character in the episode says, "the dead don't scare me, it's the ones that are alive", to which Scorsese decides to prove wrong every step of the way. Because, really, what ends up scaring Waterston's character the most isn't what's dead or alive, but what's in himself, or what he'd never expect to see within his own reflection.

It actually fits, in its own way, into the psychology of the protagonists in Taxi Driver (that one for the obvious reasons- 'you talking to me') and even the Aviator, by how relentless a certain form of madness can take hold on a person. No matter what Waterston and his love interest try to do, he can't escape seeing things reflected, and then the weird caped creature in the background trying to choke him to death (or something worse, as ends up). What's most striking about Mirror, Mirror- which was originally scripted by Spielberg himself- is how the Hitchcockian impulses work so well. Some bits are obvious, like when Waterston wakes up on the stairs and we see the extreme (tilted) close-up on the eyeball pull back, if not as slow as the more infamous shot. Or just simple pans and sweeps and distorted angles immediately call into mind the master of suspense, and even to a lesser extent the horror pictures of Val Lewton. It's definitely not difficult to see where Scorsese's style is also very apparent too, like in a quick montage of Waterston locking all the doors, or the one shot where he's in prison, the red tints on some shots, and how distorted some angles get like when the woman looks into the many faces of herself in a shattered mirror.

And what's also a lot of fun is seeing an actor like Waterston take on such a crazed role. For an actor mostly known for theater, the occasional dramatic Woody Allen role, and of course Law & Order, I got a big kick out of seeing him flip out and curl up into a little ball of nerves over what may or may not be there behind him, as he very quickly loses his mind. Maybe not one of his best, but I'd it's a lot more exciting than I expected. Although the episode isn't very easy to find on video- maybe it's available now on DVD or pops up on TV from time to time- it shouldn't disappoint Scorsese fans/completists who seek it out, and though I'm not too familiar with the actual Amazing Stories series, it hopefully won't let down the fans either.

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