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Mirror Crack’d, The (EMI 1980, Rock Hudson, Angela Lansbury)

The Mirror Crack'd

Elizabeth Taylor heads up an all-star cast in this twisting tale of deception, blackmail and, of course, murder, based on Agatha Christie’s 1962 novel. It all happens when an American film production descends on the genteel setting of a small English village – a village, coincidentally, where Miss Jane Marple (Angela Lansbury) has a cottage.

All the cast appear to be having a fine time as they spoof not only the making of movies, but also the public perception of their screen personas. Taylor in particular enjoys the verbal sparring, with Variety noting that she “has an uproarious good time as she trades bitchy insults with Kim Novak. Adroit support performances come from Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson as Taylor’s husband and director, and Geraldine Chaplin.”

UK / EMI / 105 minutes / 1980

Writers: Jonathan Hales, Barry Sandler, based on the novel The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side by Agatha Christie / Music: John Cameron / Production Design: Michael Stringer / Cinematography: Christopher Challis / Producers: John Brabourne, Richard Goodwin / Director: Guy Hamilton

Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Kim Novak, Angela Lansbury, Tony Curtis, Geraldine Chaplin, Edward Fox, Charles Gray,