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Murder with Mirrors (1985)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Romance | TV Movie 20 February 1985
When Carrie Louise Serrocold (Bette Davis) suspects that someone is trying to poison her, she sends for the one person who might be able to help, her old friend Miss Jane Marple (Helen Hayes).

Director:

Dick Lowry

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), George Eckstein (teleplay)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Helen Hayes ... Miss Jane Marple
Bette Davis ... Carrie Louise Serrocold
John Mills ... Lewis Serrocold
Leo McKern ... Inspector Curry
Liane Langland ... Gina Markham
John Laughlin ... Wally Markham
Dorothy Tutin ... Mildred Strete
Anton Rodgers ... Dr. Max Hargrove
Frances de la Tour ... Miss Bellaver
John Woodvine ... Christian Gilbranson
James Coombes ... Steven Restarick
Tim Roth ... Edgar Lawson
Christopher Fairbank ... Sergeant Lake
Amanda Maynard Amanda Maynard ... Miss Valentine
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Storyline

Christian Gilbranson (John Woodvine), Miss Jane Marple's (Helen Hayes') lawyer, persuades her to visit the baronial estate of his stepmother, Carrie Louise Serrocold (Bette Davis), an old friend of Marple's. Carrie Louise's devoted husband Lewis (Sir John Mills) has turned the manor house into a halfway house for young men with criminal records, and has hopes of expanding the facilities. He confides to Miss Jane Marple that he suspects that someone is slowly poisoning Carrie Louise with arsenic. One of the young charges, Edgar Lawson (Tim Roth), claims to be Lewis' illegitimate child and wants his alleged father to acknowledge him. While they are arguing behind closed doors, a gun is discharged, and the visiting Gilbranson is found murdered in another room. It is up to Miss Jane Marple to aid crusty Inspector Curry (Leo McKern) discover the murderer's and poisoner's identities. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Genres:

Crime | Mystery | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Although Bette Davis seems to be seriously ill, she did three more movies. However, this did prove to be Helen Hayes' last movie. See more »

Goofs

When Gina is driving Miss Marple to the house the camera shot from the car clearly shows white lines on the road, but the aerial shots shows that there is none. See more »

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A shame it starts out so nice....
6 January 2002 | by Movie_Man 500See all my reviews

One of Agatha's easier mysteries to solve begins with some decent location atmosphere and solid characters then soon nosedives, like most Christie adaptions, into the silly. I agree that Dame Bette looks sadly old here and is basically wasted, so Helen Hayes makes up for a lot as the nosy Miss Marple. The funniest part of unintentional giggles, next to that exploding car crashing thru the gate, which never happened in book form, is seeing Tim Roth as a so called delinquient teen. He's a riot here and helps the disappointment factor from jumping too high. It's also nice to see Leo McCern from Rumple of the Bailey in a token, gruffy, voice-of-the-law role which plays off the Hayes cuteness level without too much strain. Too bad the plot wasn't as meticulously handled as the scenery...


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Зеркальное убийство See more »

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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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