The Mirror Crack'd

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Talent bios; Theatrical trailer; TV spots
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Considering the talent onscreen, The Mirror Crack'd should be much better than it actually is. Not that Mirror is by any means bad; it's a more than acceptable English village murder mystery, the kind of cozy little whodunit that is the bread and butter of the mystery genre. Mirror gets off to a crackling good start, with the screening of a murder mystery film that, in its five or so minutes, is an enormous amount of fun; but Mirror itself doesn't reach that same level of entertainment. Part of the reason is that Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple is sidelined for a good portion of the film. This is the kind of device that can work in a TV series, when it provides variety; but it's harder to pull off in a single film and pokes a hole in the center of Mirror that just doesn't feel right. It also doesn't help that Lansbury, who should be ideally cast, doesn't seem particularly comfortable; the formidable actress never really gets to work her special magic and never makes the character her own. By contrast, as her assistant, Edward Fox wears the character like a pair of comfortable old shoes. The rest of the star-studded cast comes off better, although they're generally relegated to playing two-dimensional stereotypes. Even so, they seem to be having an enjoyable time, and don't seem to be bothered by material that's only average. Their fun is contagious and makes The Mirror Crack'd worth catching.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2009
  • UPC: 031398104810
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 621

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Angela Lansbury Miss Marple
Elizabeth Taylor Marina Gregg
Kim Novak Lola Brewster
Edward Fox Inspector Craddock
Rock Hudson Jason Rudd
Geraldine Chaplin Ella Zielinsky
Tony Curtis Marty N. Fenn
Marella Oppenheim Margot Bence
Wendy Morgan Cherry
Margaret Courtenay Mrs. Bantry
Charles Gray Bates the Butler
Maureen Bennett Heather Babcock
Carolyn Pickles Miss Giles
Eric Dodson The Major
Anthony Steel Sir Derek Ridgeley
Dinah Sheridan Lady Amanda Ridgeley
Oriana Grieve Kate Ridgeley
Kenneth Fortescue Charles Foxwell
Hildegard Neil Lady Foxcroft
Allan Cuthbertson Peter Montrose
John Bennett Barnsby
Nigel Stock Inspector Gates
Pierce Brosnan An actor
Pat Nye Mayoress
Charles Lloyd Pack Vicar
Richard Pearson Dr. Haydock
George Silver Dr. Silva
Thick Wilson Mayor
Peter Woodthorpe Scoutmaster
Technical Credits
Guy Hamilton Director
Eric Allwright Makeup
John Brabourne Producer
John Cameron Score Composer
Christopher G. Challis Cinematographer
Phyllis Dalton Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Goodwin Producer
Richard Marden Editor
John Palmer Camera Operator
John Richards Sound/Sound Designer
Barry Sandler Screenwriter
Michael Stringer Production Designer
Jill Carpenter Makeup
John Roberts Art Director
Derek Cracknell Asst. Director
John W. Mitchell Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Rowe Sound/Sound Designer
Agatha Christie Source Author
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mirror Crack'd
1. Program Start / Murder at Midnight [3:53]
2. Miss Marple to the Rescue [2:15]
3. Main Titles [2:01]
4. Jason Rudd, Director [2:57]
5. Royal Reception [5:41]
6. Photo Opportunity [2:46]
7. Mary, Queen of Sluts [4:52]
8. Deadly Daiquiri [3:00]
9. Cause of Death [5:06]
10. "My Favorite Nephew" [6:26]
11. Marina's Wrath [3:56]
12. Whatever Lola Wants... [1:37]
13. "The Intended Victim Was Your Wife" [6:34]
14. Aunt Jane's Advice [2:14]
15. Tempestuous Talent [6:28]
16. Accusatons and Inquiries [5:32]
17. Troubled Star [3:23]
18. "The Performace Was a Little Overdone..." [5:45]
19. Trouble On the Set [3:43]
20. Harsh Medicine [3:33]
21. "To Hell With the Picture!" [3:18]
22. Missing Pieces [3:40]
23. A Drink Before Bedtime [3:34]
24. Miss Marple Cracks the Case [2:56]
25. The Murder of Heather Babcock [4:37]
26. "She's Given Performance of Her Life..." [2:53]
27. End Credits [2:28]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Mirror Crack'd
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Theatrical Trailer
      TV Spots
         TV Spot 1
         TV Spot 2
      Talent Bios
         Miss Jane Marple
         Suspects, Victims and Innocent Bystanders
            Ella Zielinsky
            Marty N. Fenn
            Inspector Craddock
            Jason Rudd
            Lola Brewster
            Marina Rudd
   Play
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Review by someone who has been to Agatha's houses!

    1980 version of the Agatha Christie novel, but Angela Lansbury's role of Miss Marple is not as true to Christie's character and not as good as the four other British actresses who have played Miss Marple series (and I have the highest admiration for Lansbury and saw her on Broadway too). Elizabeth Taylor's acting seemed stilted. Geraldine Chaplin is not much of an actress (she is the daughter of Charlie Chaplin). I recommend the same story with the "other" Miss Marple. (Yes, I am an Agatha fan having made special trips to her house near the coast of Devon and outside of Oxford and to her churchyard grave, as well as to the Swan Hotel in Harrogate Spa, Yorkshire, to where she made her "disappearance.")

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