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


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The list of autumnal phrases on the school blackboard during the inquest includes the word "Heather", the name of the deceased being discussed. See more »

Goofs

Despite the 1953 setting, there are buildings in the background that clearly date from the 1970s, for example at around 82 minutes. See more »

Quotes

Marina Rudd: [to Lola Brewster] What are you supposed to be, a birthday cake? Too bad everybody's HAD a piece.
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A Wandering Minstrel, I
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Composed by Arthur Sullivan
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A very good adaptation.
3 July 2002 | by Leopold-4See all my reviews

Being a fan of both Agatha Christie, Angela Lansbury, and Rock Hudson I watched this film with pleasure. The cast here has done a great job, everybody is convincing, even Liz Taylor, although her acting is at times overdone, as usual. The movie has a good pace, dialogues are witty and humorous, and the mystery itself engaging. I think the proportions of each character's involvement in the story are true to the original (I was afraid they'd make Miss Marple into an action figure or something, but was glad to see she stayed in the background to make her grand entrance in the finale). All in all, it's a very good and convincing adaptation of Christie's book.


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

Mono

Color:

Color | Black and White (opening sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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