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The V.I.P.s (1963)

 |  Drama  |  19 September 1963 (USA)
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Fog delays a group of travelers headed for New York. They wait at the V.I.P. lounge of London Airport, each at a moment of crisis in his or her life.

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Awaiting at London Airport for a flight to New York, Frances Andros, seen off by her tycoon husband, Paul Andros, plans to leave her spouse for the arms of an aging international playboy, Marc Champselle. Les Mangrum, a self-made Australian businessman traveling with his loyal secretary, Miss Mead, must be in New York the following day to arrange the loan that will help him repel a hostile takeover of his tractor company. Max Buba, a film mogul traveling with starlet Gloria Gritti, must get out of England immediately or face ruinous British income tax. The Duchess of Brighton 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 weather. Written by alfiehitchie

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A Modern Love Story

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Based on a true story, the movie was a thinly disguised account of screenwriter Terence Rattigan's life friend Vivien Leigh and her attempt to leave her husband Laurence Olivier for Australian actor Peter Finch . Leigh and Finch made it to the London airport, but their plane was delayed by incoming fog giving Olivier time to confront the two and bring Leigh home. Leigh abandoned the plan after hours of fog delay. See more »

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

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B.O.A.C. Airplane Announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen, would you kindly fasten your seat belts, please.
The Duchess of Brighton: I haven't brought a seat belt with me.
Jamaican Passenger: You must be sitting on it.
The Duchess of Brighton: Oh, well, have you got one?
Jamaican Passenger: Yes, I have.
The Duchess of Brighton: Oh, I see. What happens now?
Jamaican Passenger: You should have another part.
The Duchess of Brighton: Oh, here it is...
Jamaican Passenger: Here, there we are. Here, this way.
The Duchess of Brighton: I'll leave it to you.
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An average 60s soaper.
9 January 2007 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

This is basically a soap-opera decorated like a Christmas tree with a prominent cast.

There are two plots and two non-plots. The non-plots, with Orson Wells and Rutherford, are uninteresting. From the two "plot-plots", the one with Rod Taylor and Maggie Smith is solid, though very predictable, and the one with the love triangle Burton-Taylor-Jourdan is soap-operatic though not tedious, as it may have easily turned out. The film is basically kept afloat - after a boring first 15-20 minutes - by R.Taylor, Smith, and Burton. Jourdan is average, and Elizabeth Taylor, though not bad, simply plays herself, and in the process does her distressed-rich-princess routine yet again.

If you want to read parodies/biographies of Welles, Taylor, and other Hollywood nitwits, contact me by e-mail.


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