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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 & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Sometimes compelling, sometimes silly See more (47 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)

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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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:
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 »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: From 23:26 to 26:38, camera shadow on Frances.See more »
Quotes:
Les Mangrum:A hundred years ago, top people were top people because they were born top people, but you know something, love? A hundred years from now, top people will be top people because they deserve to be.See more »
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"The V.I.P.s"---The Screenplay---How Did it Come About?
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51 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Sometimes compelling, sometimes silly, 26 June 2005
Author: FilmOtaku (ssampon@hotmail.com) from Milwaukee, WI

The setting is London, and Frances Andros (Taylor), the wife of shipping magnate Paul Andros (Burton) says goodbye to her husband at the airport, where he thinks she is bound for Jamaica. After he leaves, it is revealed that she is meeting her new love Marc Champselle (Jourdan), a notorious international playboy who has fallen head over heels in love with her. Both are going to eschew their old lives and fly to New York, but are dismayed to discover that their plane is grounded due to heavy fog. Unfortunately, Frances has chosen to let Paul know about her plans via a "Dear John" note that she leaves at their house, and of course, Paul (influential in both money and power) comes back to the airport to demand his wife's return. Also inconvenienced by the fog is Les Mangrum (Taylor), an Australian businessman who has been fighting with a larger company for months to avoid a corporate takeover, and finally has the number of shares needed; until one of his associates turns against him and sells him out to the new company, forcing Mangrum to write a bad check on the share price difference. Thinking he can have another associate cover his check before the act becomes a bona fide felony, Mangrum knows that if he can get to New York in time for the board meeting everything will be okay, but the plane delay quashes all hope for this. Mangrum decides to spend one last night in London drinking champagne and living the high life with his trusty, loyal and prim secretary Miss Mead (Smith), who is secretly in love with him. Two other story arcs that aren't as prominent involve Max Buda (Welles), an acclaimed film director traveling with starlet Gloria Gritti (Martinelli) who finds himself forced into the position of marrying her, despite his obvious contempt, in order to save millions in taxes. And finally there is The Duchess of Brighton (Rutherford) an elderly eccentric who is flying to Miami in order to work on a project that will pay her enough to keep her large castle, despite the fact that she doesn't want to leave London. All of the above players are first ensconced in the airport's VIP lounge, and later, an airport hotel, where their personal dramas (and foibles) all play out and work themselves out, one way or another.

I had read an article about this film in Vanity Fair a couple of years ago, and it detailed various behind-the-scenes facts about the film, namely the burgeoning romance between Burton and Taylor, who were the Jolie/Pitt of their day, only on an exponential scale. Their chemistry in this film is very pervasive, and really add depth to both of their characters. Surprisingly, I found that Taylor and Smith had an enormous amount of synergy, most of it due to Smith's portrayal of Miss Mead as mousy, yet practically bursting at the seams with respect and love for Mangrum. Margaret Rutherford, who is a revered British stage and screen actress, won an Academy Award for her funny, yet slightly heart-breaking portrayal of a woman with a title and not much else. The only story line that I found obnoxious was the Orson Welles/Elsa Martinelli one. It contained so little depth and such a minimal amount of compelling moments that I found myself getting annoyed whenever I had to waste precious viewing time watching their story arc rather than being able to watch more of the other well-written, well-acted ones contained in the film. Admittedly, Orson Welles is a long-time hero of mine, and there were times when his sarcastic portrayal of the pompous director made me chuckle, but those moments didn't save his scenes in the slightest.

"The V.I.P.s" is as lush and colorful as a Sirk film, and Taylor is decked out in glamorous gowns and furs, but I was shocked to find myself really becoming wrapped up in the story lines and the acting, whereas I had planned on watching a fluff piece that had a bunch of attractive people enacting what would essentially be a soap opera with a multi-million dollar budget. Critics in 1963 expected to marginalize the film the same way I did, and were surprised (and not always pleased) to find that "The V.I.P.s" is actually quite a good film. A lot of the stars of the film had already done some of their most recognizable and lauded work by the time this film had been released, Smith would achieve a great amount of recognition within a couple of years, and Rutherford was at the tail end of her life, but all of them (with the possible exception of Welles and Martinelli, though I believe a lot of it was the material they were given) pulled together to make a film that is surprisingly compelling, very well acted and unfortunately, mostly forgotten. 7/10 --Shelly

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