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The V.I.P.s -- Inclement weather forces a group of wealthy passengers to spend the night in the V.I.P. lounge of the London airport, where they get acquainted and confront their various problems.
The V.I.P.s -- Trailer for this classic starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton


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Release Date:
19 September 1963 (USA) See more »
A Modern Love Story
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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Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Louis Jourdan, Icon Of French Cinema, Dead At Age 93; "Gigi" And "Octopussy" Among His Screen Credits
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Louis Jourdan Has Died, Star of Gigi Was 93
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Airport before "AIRPORT" See more (48 total) »


  (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)

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)
David Aylott .... Miss Taylor's make-up (uncredited)
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
Crew verified as complete

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119 min | Argentina:120 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Most of the jewelry worn by Elizabeth Taylor in the film is from her personal collection. The diamond and emerald brooch is cited as her first "If it's Tuesday, I love you" gift from future husband Richard Burton. The diamond tiara worn during the opening credits dinner party scene was a gift from third husband Michael Todd .See more »
Crew or equipment visible: From 23:26 to 26:38, camera shadow on Frances.See more »
The Duchess of Brighton:[waiting for the plane to take off] I have two enormous pills to steady me down and the two pep-pills I took this morning - the pep-up pills. I'm flying already!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) (V)See more »


"The V.I.P.s"---The Screenplay---How Did it Come About?
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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Airport before "AIRPORT", 5 April 2005
Author: ptb-8 from Australia

A full seven years before the Ross Hunter flying extravaganza thriller from Arthur Hailey's novel, THE VIPS is the flip side of that same idea...marooned guest list with varying agendas inside an Airport in crisis instead of on a plane in crisis. No doubt propelled by the CLEOPATRA scandal of the day as well, THE VIPS allowed the Dolce Vita of the Jet Set to be examined in star-studded detail along with its own guest list of a wacky old lady and 'ordinary folk' rubbing fur coated shoulders. Others can tell you the cast and their interaction on other comments but let me refer your attention to the hilarious and Oscar awarded performance by Margaret Rutherford who by her own admission as a pill popping granny was already flying high whilst still inside the snowbound terminal. Ms Rutherford was also well rewarded with the Miss Marple series at British MGM in the next few years, no doubt made with income from this film. Perhaps Arthur Hailey saw THE VIPS and wrote AIRPORT subsequently as if they all flew into a storm instead. A popular story device of the time is the multi character comedy drama with a central place/car woman such as: THE YELLOW ROLLS ROYCE and a year later with WHAT A WAY TO GO. Immensely popular in its day and with the usual impeccable MGM production values THE VIPS is worth collecting on DVD and showing to new century 20 somethings as a glamorous 60s lifestyle epic.

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