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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 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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Trivia

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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Version of Miss Marple: They Do It with Mirrors (1991) See more »

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Reflection of the 80's
1 December 2005 | by LDRoseSee all my reviews

This is a made-for-TV movie starring Helen Hayes as Miss Marple and features several prominent stars - Bette Davis, John Mills, Dorothy Tutin and Leo McKern.

Miss Marple is asked to visit an old friend, Carrie-Louise Serrocold (Davis) by her stepson who is concerned that his stepmother is being slowly poisoned. Once Miss Marple arrives at the English country estate, she soon discovers that all is not as it seems.

The location scenery is lovely, however the story is set in the 1980's, losing the authentic period atmosphere so closely associated with Agatha Christie.

Helen Hayes gives a decent performance, although Bette Davis is under-used and looks visibly frail. John Mills is good, as always, and Dorothy Tutin gives a sympathetic turn as Davis's down-trodden daughter. Leo McKern portrays the police inspector with relish, including several entertaining exchanges with Miss Marple.

The plot keeps you guessing, complemented by the usual red herrings supplied by Agatha Christie. Overall, an enjoyable film.


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