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The Mirror Crack'd (1980)

Miss Marple 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 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, 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 and Lola Brewster. Marina arrives with her husband, Jason, 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, 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, Inspector Craddock isn't sure so he asks Miss Marple, his aunt, to investigate... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

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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, 31 December 1981
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Company Credits

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G.W. Films,EMI Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene, Marina Gregg is looking in the mirror and says the rhyme "bags, bags, go away. Come back again on Doris Day". Rock Hudson who plays Marina's husband, appeared in three films with Doris Day. See more »

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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

Inspector Delbert Craddock: [speaking of Marina Rudd and Lola Brewster] I heard the two of them are close. Is that true?
Ella Zielinsky: Close? If you put the two of them together in a tank with a shark, the shark would have an identity crisis.
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Opening credits prologue: 1953 See more »

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Featured in Biography: Angela Lansbury: A Balancing Act (1998) See more »

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A Wandering Minstrel, I
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Composed by Arthur Sullivan
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See it for Angela
12 October 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I liked this version of The Mirror Crack'd, and I am fond of the Joan Hickson version too. The Hickson version, it is true, is more faithful to the book, despite its liberties, but on its own merits this film is pretty good. The main merit is the performance of underrated character actress Angela Lansbury; she is terrific as Miss Marple, and Edward Fox does a great job as Inspector Craddock. The supporting cast are fine in their roles, Elizabeth Taylor overdoes Marina Gregg slightly but she plays with gusto, Rock Hudson is suitably subdued as Jason Rudd, and Kim Novak is delightful as Lola. The dialogues between Taylor and Novak are wonderfully witty, and often verging on hysterically funny. The film is beautifully shot, and the locations and costumes are lovely. The music is stunning too. However, the character of Heather Badcock is changed quite considerably here, and why she was changed to a naive village girl I still find perplexing. The film is overlong and has pacing problems, and the final solution was weak compared to how it could have been. On the whole, it is a movie worth seeing, and as I've said, see it for Angela. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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