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The Mirror Crack'd (1980)

Miss Jane Marple (Dame Angela Lansbury) comes to solve the mystery when a local woman is poisoned and a visiting movie star seems to have been the intended victim.

Director:

Guy Hamilton

Writers:

Jonathan Hales (screenplay), Barry Sandler (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Angela Lansbury ... Miss Marple
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
Wendy Morgan ... Cherry
Margaret Courtenay ... Mrs. Bantry
Charles Gray ... Bates, The Butler
Maureen Bennett Maureen Bennett ... Heather Babcock
Carolyn Pickles ... Miss Giles
Eric Dodson ... The Major
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... Vicar (as Charles Lloyd-Pack)
Richard Pearson ... Doctor Haydock
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Storyline

The year is 1953. The small English village of St. Mary Mead, home to Miss Jane Marple (Dame Angela Lansbury), is delighted when a big American movie company arrives to make a movie telling of the relationship between Jane Grey and Elisabeth I, starring the famous actresses Marina Rudd (Dame Elizabeth Taylor) and Lola Brewster (Kim Novak). Marina arrives with her husband, Jason (Rock Hudson), and when she discovers that Lola is going to be in the movie with her, she hits the roof as Lola and Marina loathe each other on sight. Marina has been getting death threats, and at a party at the manor house, Heather Babcock (Maureen Bennett), after boring Marina with a long story, drinks a cocktail made for Marina, and dies from poisoning. Everybody believes that Marina is the target, but the Police Officer investigating the case, Chief Inspector Dermot Craddock (Edward Fox) isn't sure, so he asks Miss Jane Marple, his aunt, to investigate. Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

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Taglines:

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the murderer among them all? See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agatha Christie's The Mirror Crack'd See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$11,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

G.W. Films, EMI Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (opening sequence)| Color | Color (colour) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a 1998 interview, Dame Angela Lansbury stated that playing Miss Jane Marple was "terrific" and that she "enjoyed" it very much, but thought this movie was "dreadful". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Vicar: Oh, Mr. Rudd. I understand that you are a fillum producer.
Jason Rudd: Oh, no, sir. A director.
Vicar: Is there any difference?
Jason Rudd: Yes, sir. The, uh, producer supplies all the money; the director spends it. Then the producer yells that the director is spending too much money; the director doesn't pay any attention, and goes right on spending. The director gets all the credit; the producer gets an ulcer. You see, it's all very simple; excuse me.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1953 See more »

Connections

References For Them That Trespass (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

A Wandering Minstrel, I
(uncredited)
Composed by Arthur Sullivan
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pretty good
12 February 2002 | by Movie_Man 500See all my reviews

Surprisingly faithful adaption of the excellent Christie book adds some campy insults to the story by having Taylor and Novak square off as jealous rivals, but the outcome still carries a mild punch. Lansbury is excellent as Jane and it's nice to see Liz reunited with Hudson after their stint in the 50's on Giant. One of the better all star casts for an Agatha picture, with a nice recreation of St Mary Mead. Makes you feel like you're really in a small English village.


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