BUtterfield 8 (1960)

 |  Drama  |  4 November 1960 (USA)
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The romantic life of a fashionable Manhattan beauty who's part model, part call-girl--and all man-trap.



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Beautiful Gloria Wandrous, a New York fashion model engages in an illicit affair with married socialite Weston Liggett. However, Gloria's desire for respectability causes her to reconsider her lifestyle. Written by alfiehitchie

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4 November 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Butterfield 8  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)



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2.35 : 1
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Elizabeth Taylor has stated many times over the years that BUtterfield 8 is not one of her favorite films and feels she won the Oscar because of her recent illness rather than her performance. See more »


In the scene where Legget is Trap Shooting with his wife Emily, he changes from a single shot, breech shotgun to a Remmington Semi Auto 1100, that is not a breech break shotgun as it was in the initial shot in the scene. See more »


Tom, the Bartender: Without her this place is dead. She's like catnip to every cat in town.
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Vulgarity Has Its Purposes
24 November 2003 | by (NAS Ream Field) – See all my reviews

Two beautiful unhappy people from opposite ends of Eisenhower era America are drawn together by an obsessive love that ends in tragic consequences. Elizabeth Taylor won a Best Actress Oscar (after much better performances in earlier pictures such as `Cat On A Hot Tin Roof') for her portrayal of (shock!) call-girl Gloria Wandrous. Laurence Harvey plays the john, Weston Liggett, trapped in a stale marriage with his stoic wife Emily (Dina Merrill, perfect as a blue-blooded blonde heiress).

Complementing the moody performances of Liz and Laurence Harvey are an excellent Eddie Fisher as Gloria's long-suffering best friend and greatest admirer Steve, Mildred Dunnock as poor Mrs. Wandrous, in complete denial of her daughter's easy virtue, Betty Field as nosy neighbor Mrs. Fanny Barber, and many others including Kay Medford as tragicomic motel matron, Happy.

Lurking behind the scenes of `Butterfield 8' are some very grown up issues (particularly for its day) about infidelity, high class prostitution, childhood sexual abuse, and the meaning of true commitment. The dialogue by John Michael Hayes (`Peyton Place,' `To Catch A Thief,' and `Rear Window", among many credits) and Charles Schnee, is punchy and quick, and the movie glows with luscious cinematography from Hollywood veteran Joseph Ruttenberg, who got an Academy Award nomination for his efforts (he had previously won four Oscars dating back to 1938).

Although somewhat dated, it remains a thoughtful film (if you pay attention) and a visual treat for any Liz fan. Worth watching!

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