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The V.I.P.s (1963)

Not Rated | | Drama | 19 September 1963 (USA)
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As fog delays departure for a group of travellers bound for New York City, they wait at the lounge of London's Heathrow airport, with each passenger at a moment of crisis in his or her life.

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Anthony Asquith
Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Frances Andros
Richard Burton ... Paul Andros
Louis Jourdan ... Marc Champselle
Elsa Martinelli ... Gloria Gritti
Margaret Rutherford ... The Duchess of Brighton
Maggie Smith ... Miss Mead
Rod Taylor ... Les Mangrum
Orson Welles ... Max Buda
Linda Christian ... Miriam Marshall
Dennis Price ... Cmdr. Millbank
Richard Wattis ... Sanders
Ronald Fraser ... Joslin
David Frost ... Reporter
Robert Coote ... John Coburn
Joan Benham ... Miss Potter
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Awaiting London's Heathrow Airport for a flight to New York City, Frances Andros (Dame Elizabeth Taylor), seen off by her tycoon husband, Paul Andros (Richard Burton), plans to leave her spouse for the arms of an aging international playboy, Marc Champselle (Louis Jourdan). Les Mangrum (Rod Taylor), a self-made Australian businessman travelling with his loyal secretary, Miss Mead (Dame Maggie Smith), must be in New York City the following day to arrange the loan that will help him repel a hostile takeover of his tractor company. Max Buda (Orson Welles), a movie mogul travelling with starlet Gloria Gritti (Elsa Martinelli), must get out of England immediately or face ruinous British income tax. The Duchess of Brighton (Dame Margaret Rutherford) has taken a job as a hostess at an American holiday resort, thinking she will be able to keep her family estate on her new income. Fog descends and blurs the future for them all, forced now to wait in the airport hotel for morning and fair ... Written by alfiehitchie

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A Modern Love Story

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1963 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Dame Margaret Rutherford won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for this movie despite the fact she gave the only nominated performance in the category that was not in a Best Picture nominee. See more »

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From 23:26 to 26:38, camera shadow on Frances. See more »

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Frances Andros: I love you for what you are. Not what you think you are.
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A true curiosity...
22 February 2003 | by wisewebwomanSee all my reviews

but a fascinating melodrama also. This was the first movie Liz Taylor and Richard Burton made as a married couple.

The story is by Terence Rattigan who apparently based it on a scene he observed in the VIP lounge of London Airport when Vivien Leigh made plans to run away with Peter Finch and was stopped by her husband, Laurence Olivier.

It is well filmed, way ahead of its time in certain segments where other minor characters are playing in the background of the scene, a continuum not employed in movies until the nineties (this was filmed in the early 60s).

Some of the script is a hoot, the fact that Liz and her lover are running away without ever having "made love". Richard and Liz both overact dramatically. But the cast make it well worth watching.

Maggie Smith is particularly vulnerable as a secretary, she is yet to find the acerbic edge that laces her subsequent movies. Margaret Rutherford is particularly good as a Duchess who has to go earn a living in America to save her stately home. More scenes with her would have been a treat.

7 out of 10, totally watchable and almost sinful in the enjoyment of same, it is just so deliciously shallow.


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