The Mirror Crack'd (1980)

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Angela Lansbury takes over the legacy of Margaret Rutherford as Agatha Christie's dogged sleuth Miss Marple in The Mirror Crack'd. The story takes place on a film set in a small British town in the 1950s. Elizabeth Taylor plays a washed-up actress trying to make a comeback but is plagued by a mysterious incident from her past. Unfortunately for her mental state, a collection of murders jar the quiet village where the movie is being made. Miss Marple arrives on the scene with her nephew, Inspector Craddock (Edward Fox), to investigate. In addition to Taylor, an assortment of other movie stars grace the roster of suspects, including Rock Hudson, Kim Novak, and Tony Curtis. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
Anchor Bay Entertainment

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Cast

Rock Hudson
as Jason Rudd
Angela Lansbury
as Miss Marple
Elizabeth Taylor
as Marina Gregg
Charles Gray
as Bates the Butler
Edward Fox
as Inspector Craddock
Pierce Brosnan
as An actor
Kim Novak
as Lola Brewster
Tony Curtis
as Marty N. Fenn
John Bennett
as Barnsby
Geraldine Chaplin
as Ella Zielinsky
Allan Cuthbertson
as Peter Montrose
Nigel Stock
as Inspector Gates
Peter Woodthorpe
as Scoutmaster
Dinah Sheridan
as Lady Amanda Ridgeley
Anthony Steel
as Sir Derek Ridgeley
Richard Pearson
as Dr. Haydock
Wendy Morgan
as Cherry
George Silver
as Dr. Silva
Marella Oppenheim
as Margot Bence
Hildegard Neil
as Lady Foxcroft
Margaret Courtenay
as Mrs. Bantry
Carolyn Pickles
as Miss Giles
Eric Dodson
as The Major
Maureen Bennett
as Heather Babcock
Kenneth Fortescue
as Charles Foxwell
Oriana Grieve
as Kate Ridgeley
Pat Nye
as Mayoress
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Critic Reviews for The Mirror Crack'd

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (6)

The Christie plot ends up so drastically foreshortened that you'd swear a reel must have been misplaced, although the sluggish direction of Guy Hamilton doesn't make one anxious to see it restored.

Full Review… | November 2, 2015
Washington Post
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The good lines make Mirror more fun to watch than it has any right to be.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
TIME Magazine
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For all her prolificacy, Agatha Christie relied too often on one particular plot twist, and as soon as you recognize her old favorite here, the film loses all interest.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A nostalgic throwback to the genteel British murder mystery pix of the 1950s.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Though it's obvious after five minutes that this is a complete no-no, the cinema equivalent of a bellyflop, it exercises a perverse fascination

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Both Miss Taylor and Miss Novak, as larger-than-life silver-screen rivals of a certain age, get all wound up for some fancy, high-toned tongue-lashings, but the material isn't up to their power.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for The Mirror Crack'd

An all-star cast usually indicates a lack of substance in a film -- one that relies on flashiness over story telling. The Mirror Crack'd is no exception. Nevertheless, it is an enjoyable film despite its credulity-stretching reveal and typical confession-without-compelling-evidence resolution. It's a fun lark, but not serious film...and the cat fights should be on every diva-watcher's "must see" list.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

½

As usual with a star studded cast, your focus gets lost, and the story gets boring. Other than that, the mystery is pretty interesting. If you're a fan of these kind of films, watch it, it's pretty good.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

A little slow in the start, and a little flabby in the middle, but like most Agatha Christie adaptions, the ending is quite the doozy.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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