The Mirror Crack'd (1980)

PG   |    |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller


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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.


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  • Elizabeth Taylor and Maureen Bennett in The Mirror Crack'd (1980)
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  • Angela Lansbury and Edward Fox in The Mirror Crack'd (1980)
  • Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson in The Mirror Crack'd (1980)
  • Tony Curtis and Kim Novak in The Mirror Crack'd (1980)
  • Geraldine Chaplin and Edward Fox in The Mirror Crack'd (1980)

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12 October 2009 | TheLittleSongbird
7
| See it for Angela
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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