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Director:
Writer:
Terence Rattigan (written by)
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Release Date:
19 September 1963 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Modern Love Story
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A true curiosity... See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

Michael Hordern ... Airport Director
Lance Percival ... B.O.A.C. Officer
Martin Miller ... Dr. Schwatzbacher

Peter Sallis ... Doctor
Stringer Davis ... Hotel Waiter
Clifton Jones ... Jamaican Passenger
Moyra Fraser ... Air Hostess
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Terence Alexander ... Captain (uncredited)
Ray Austin ... Rolls Chauffeur (uncredited)
Reginald Beckwith ... Head Waiter (uncredited)
Virginia Bedard ... Knebworth House visitor (uncredited)
John Blythe ... Barman (uncredited)

Richard Briers ... Met. Official (uncredited)
Pamela Buckley ... Airport Announcer (uncredited)
Kofoworola Bucknor ... Traveler (uncredited)
Richard Caldicot ... Hotel Representative (uncredited)
Joyce Carey ... Mrs. Damer (uncredited)
Jill Carson ... Air Hostess (uncredited)
Ann Castle ... Lady Reporter (uncredited)
Griffith Davies ... Porter (uncredited)
Rosemary Dorken ... Airport Announcer (uncredited)
Lewis Fiander ... Third Reporter (uncredited)

Alan Howard ... Second Reporter (uncredited)
Arthur Howard ... Bar Steward (uncredited)
Peter Illing ... Mr. Damer (uncredited)
Dilashad Jamani ... Air Hostess (uncredited)
Angus Lennie ... Metereological Man (uncredited)
Duncan Lewis ... Hotel Receptionist (uncredited)
Elisabeth Manford ... Traveler (uncredited)
Cal McCord ... Knebworth House visitor (uncredited)
Clifford Mollison ... Mr. Rivers (uncredited)
Maggie Rennie ... Waitress (uncredited)
Maureen See Tai ... Air Hostess (uncredited)
Barry Steele ... Fourth Reporter (uncredited)
Gordon Sterne ... Official (uncredited)

Brook Williams ... First Reporter (uncredited)

Frank Williams ... Assistant to Airport Director (uncredited)
Lee Yu Ling ... Air Hostess (uncredited)
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Directed by
Anthony Asquith 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Terence Rattigan  written by

Produced by
Anatole de Grunwald .... producer
Roy Parkinson .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
Jack Hildyard 
 
Film Editing by
Frank Clarke 
 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
William Kellner 
 
Set Decoration by
Pamela Cornell 
 
Costume Design by
Pierre Cardin (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Eric Allwright .... makeup artist
Tom Smith .... makeup artist
Vivienne Walker .... hair stylist: Ms. Taylor (as Vivienne Walker-Zavitz)
Bernadette Ibbetson .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Elisabeth Woodthorpe .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kip Gowans .... assistant director
Jimmy Komisarjevsky .... crowd director
Carl Mannin .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ivor Beddoes .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bill Creed .... sound editor
J.B. Smith .... dubbing mixer
Cyril Swern .... sound recordist
A.W. Watkins .... recording supervisor
Bill Baldwin .... boom operator (uncredited)
Ron Matthews .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Tom Howard .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Douglas Adamsson .... photographer: second unit
Gerry Fisher .... camera operator
Jim Dawes .... grip (uncredited)
Dennis Fraser .... grip (uncredited)
Joe Pearce .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Felix Evans .... wardrobe supervisor
Ben Foster .... wardrobe master (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Philip Barnikel .... assembly editor
 
Music Department
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... transportation chief (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Margaret Booth .... production advisor
June Faithfull .... continuity
 
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Runtime:
119 min | Argentina:120 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia:
When asked for her number in the movie, Elizabeth Taylor says, "It's Grosvenor 7060", which was MGM's office number in London at the time the film was made.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: From 23:26 to 26:38, camera shadow on Frances.See more »
Quotes:
The Duchess of Brighton:what a ridiculous form of locomotion flying is. They tie you to your chair and tell you you're going, then they make scarifying noises with their engines, then they untie you and tell you're not going at all. Can you imagine the Queen Mary behaving like that?See more »
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Referenced in Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) (V)See more »

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25 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
A true curiosity..., 22 February 2003
Author: Brigid O Sullivan (wisewebwoman) from Toronto, Canada

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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