Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 6

The Mirror (20 Oct. 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" The Mirror (original title)

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A Central American revolutionary comes into the possession of a mirror that shows him his potential assassins.

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Ramos Clemente
Will Kuluva ...
General De Cruz
Antony Carbone ...
Cristo
Arthur Batanides ...
Tabal
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ...
Garcia (as Rodolfo Hoyos)
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
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When the peasant Ramos Clemente leads a successful revolution in his undefined country, the former dictator General De Cruz advises that his mirror is magic and can anticipate who will murder him. Clement becomes paranoid and kills each one of his revolutionary comrades believing that they want to murder him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Ramos Clemente is an obvious lookalike of Fidel Castro. See more »

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[opening narration]
Narrator: This is the face of Ramos Clemente, a year ago a beardless, nameless worker of the dirt, who plodded behind a mule furrowing someone else's land. And he looked up at a hot Central American sun, and he pledged the impossible. He made a vow that he would lead an avenging army against the tyranny that put the ache in his back and the anguish in his eyes. And now one year later, the dream of the impossible has become a fact. In just a moment, we will look deep into this mirror ...
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Preachy...yes, Castro is bad---we get that!
29 January 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While The Twilight Zone was a wonderful show, it was also very uneven--with some great episodes, some lousy ones and many in between. Don't believe the die-hard fans--there were some stinkers and this was definitely one of them.

In a plot that is obviously meant to be an attack on Fidel Castro, a near lookalike (Peter Falk in lots of makeup and a beard) obtains a magic mirror that allows him to realize who all his enemies are so he can liquidate them. While I do believe that Castro is a thug and dictator (and tens of thousands of refugees and political prisoners will attest to this), it's amazing how this sort of preachy episode actually makes audiences laugh at the American efforts to marginalize the creep and actually makes Castro seem okay!! Think about it--Serling and company wanted to hurt Castro but instead only seemed to be obvious, preachy and silly in the process.

It's indeed bad--almost laughably bad when seen today.


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