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The V.I.P.s (1963)

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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.


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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marc Champselle
Gloria Gritti
Max Buda
Miriam Marshall
Cmdr. Millbank
Richard Wattis ...
Robert Coote ...
John Coburn
Miss Potter


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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Release Date:

19 September 1963 (USA)  »

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International Affair  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Christopher Plummer was originally signed to appear and was having his costumes fitted when he learnt that there was a better payday available for "The Fall of the Roman Empire". Luckily enough, the producers had yet to put his salary into escrow so he was able to jump ship and head off to Spain to play Commodus in the Samuel Bronston epic. See more »


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


Marc Champselle: "No" is not a word that I recognise.
Frances Andros: You've recognised it for the past three months.
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Referenced in E! Mysteries & Scandals: Orson Welles (1999) See more »

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Look for Maggie Smith and Rod Taylor
13 March 2004 | by (Los Angeles, USA) – See all my reviews

A product! That's what this is. Beautifully wrapped but inside, a potential for heartburn. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor at the height of their popularity then, are hopelessly dated now. But, the Maggie Smith and Rod Taylor story is just great. Moving and funny. Orson Welles in another piece of self indulgence and self parody is priceless and so is the Academy Award winner Margaret Rutherford. Louis Jourdan, poor thing, as a gigolò - still, he spends the entire film, thinking that he'll be able to take Elizabeth Taylor away from Richard Burton - All that makes the film, almost sink. But put up with them to enjoy the rewards of Rod, Maggie, Orson and Margaret dealing with Terence Rattigan's enjoyable dialogue.

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