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Murder with Mirrors (1985)

When Carrie Louise Serrocold (Bette Davis) suspects that someone is trying to poison her, she sends for the one person who might be able to help, her old friend Miss Jane Marple (Helen Hayes).

Director:

Dick Lowry

Writers:

Agatha Christie (novel), George Eckstein (teleplay)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Helen Hayes ... Miss Jane Marple
Bette Davis ... Carrie Louise Serrocold
John Mills ... Lewis Serrocold
Leo McKern ... Inspector Curry
Liane Langland ... Gina Markham
John Laughlin ... Wally Markham
Dorothy Tutin ... Mildred Strete
Anton Rodgers ... Dr. Max Hargrove
Frances de la Tour ... Miss Bellaver
John Woodvine ... Christian Gilbranson
James Coombes ... Steven Restarick
Tim Roth ... Edgar Lawson
Christopher Fairbank ... Sergeant Lake
Amanda Maynard Amanda Maynard ... Miss Valentine
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Storyline

Christian Gilbranson (John Woodvine), Miss Jane Marple's (Helen Hayes') lawyer, persuades her to visit the baronial estate of his stepmother, Carrie Louise Serrocold (Bette Davis), an old friend of Marple's. Carrie Louise's devoted husband Lewis (Sir John Mills) has turned the manor house into a halfway house for young men with criminal records, and has hopes of expanding the facilities. He confides to Miss Jane Marple that he suspects that someone is slowly poisoning Carrie Louise with arsenic. One of the young charges, Edgar Lawson (Tim Roth), claims to be Lewis' illegitimate child and wants his alleged father to acknowledge him. While they are arguing behind closed doors, a gun is discharged, and the visiting Gilbranson is found murdered in another room. It is up to Miss Jane Marple to aid crusty Inspector Curry (Leo McKern) discover the murderer's and poisoner's identities. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Genres:

Crime | Mystery | Romance

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Maldição do Espelho See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This movie was based on Dame Agatha Christie's novel "They Do It with Mirrors" (1952), using the novel's American title. See more »

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The First Lady of the American Screen meets the First Lady of the American Stage
21 September 2017 | by robertguttmanSee all my reviews

In Agatha Christie's "Murder With Mirrors", the First Lady of the American Screen (Bette Davis) goes head-to-head with the First Lady of the American Stage (Helen Hayes). Unfortunately, 77- year-old Davis had clearly not aged as well as 85-year-old Hayes. Davis suffered a stroke a couple of years earlier and it shows. For those interested in seeing Bette Davis at her best, this is definitely not the movie to see.

Nevertheless, this still rates a "7" out of "10" for the opportunity to see the spry Helen Hayes as Agatha Christie's redoubtable Miss Marple. In addition, Miss Hayes is assisted by a great cast of veteran British actors, including John Mills, Leo McKern, Dorothy Tutin, John Woodvine and Anton Rogers. In addition, look for a young Tim Roth, doing his best to steal a few scenes from his elders.


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