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X, Y and Zee (1972)

Zee and Co. (original title)
PG | | Drama | 21 January 1972 (USA)
The venomous and amoral wife of a wealthy architect tries, any way she can, to break up the blossoming romance between her husband and his new mistress; a good-natured young widow who holds a dark past.

Director:

Brian G. Hutton

Writer:

Edna O'Brien
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Zee Blakeley
Michael Caine ... Robert Blakeley
Susannah York ... Stella
Margaret Leighton ... Gladys
John Standing ... Gordon
Mary Larkin ... Rita
Michael Cashman ... Gavin
Gino Melvazzi ... Head Waiter
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Storyline

Zee (Dame Elizabeth Taylor) and Robert Blakeley (Sir Michael Caine) are members of swinging London's upper crust whose unique love-hate marriage heads towards destruction when Robert falls in love with a beautiful young widow named Stella (Susannah York), and Zee goes through a series of scheming adventures to break Robert and Stella up.

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Zee and her friends...they're an absolute ball. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

21 January 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

X, Y and Zee See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Peter O'Toole was the original choice for the role of Robert Blakeley. See more »

Goofs

Robert is shaving and still has cream on his face when he begins to push Zee through the open doorway. But when seen from the other side of the door, the cream has completely gone. See more »

Quotes

Zee Blakeley: [to her husband] Frankly, Scarlett, I don't give a shit!
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Whirlwind
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Elizabeth Taylor Raises Caine
29 August 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Big, boozy, and beautiful Elizabeth Taylor (as Zee) has an "modern marriage" with London architect Michael Caine (as Robert Blakeley). Their extra-curricular activities aren't too serious. Then, Mr. Caine falls in "love at first sight" with blonde boutique owner Susannah York (as Stella). Caine sets her up in an apartment and plans to leave Ms. Taylor. Sensing a rival who will truly threaten her marriage, Taylor ingratiates herself into her husband's romance - intending to end the affair, or go crazy trying.

Neatly re-titled "X Y & Zee" for American consumption, enjoying this film will depend on your tolerance for Taylor's shrill, boisterous character. The drama was very "adult" for the time, but seems reluctant to show much concerning the final plan "Zee" uses to keep her husband. It also is altered from the blatant (and necessarily bisexual) "ménage à trois" in the original story (by Edna O'Brien). The more tenuous ending does retain the integrity of Taylor's character, and leaves "Zee" in a similar position.

****** Zee and Co. (12/71) Brian G. Hutton ~ Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine, Susannah York. Margaret Leighton


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