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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.
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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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  (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:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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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 »
Crew or equipment visible: At 36:51 camera shadow on Sanders, Frances and Marc.See more »
Paul Andros:Where do you want to go, Marc?
Marc Champselle:What do you mean?
Paul Andros:Cannes is a bit dead in January. What about the West Indies? No, of course, you'd miss your gambling, wouldn't you. What about Rio? That's pleasant at this time of year.
Marc Champselle:I'm going to New York, Paul. With your wife.
Paul Andros:I made this out for 10,000 pounds. That's at least twice your nuisance value. But, I don't enjoy haggling.
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"The V.I.P.s"---The Screenplay---How Did it Come About?
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46 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Reaping the Advantages from the Cleopatra publicity, 30 March 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

When I was in my teens I well remember all the publicity surrounding Elizabeth Taylor, from her serious illness, to her Oscar for Butterfield 8, to the various problems with Cleopatra and finally all the kanoodling with Richard Burton. No film star before or since had the media attention the way Ms. Taylor did.

When Cleopatra was in its editing stages and there sure was a lot of footage to edit, the publicity was too good to take advantage. Taylor had been off the screen since 1960. I'm sure that Anthony Asquith the director had this project that became The VIPS in mind for some time while Cleopatra was still being shot.

It was all shot at Heathrow Airport so there were no sets to build so the money was spent on getting a top rate cast. Orson Welles, Elsa Martinelli, Dennis Price, Robert Coote, Michael Hordern, Rod Taylor, Maggie Smith, Linda Christian, Louis Jourdan and the Best Supporting Actress of 1963 Margaret Rutherford join Liz and Dick.

A bunch of VIP passengers are stuck at the airport due to fog and we see their stories unfold in a Grand Hotel style plot. Orson Welles is an extravagant producer and I'm sure he borrowed bits from Alexander Korda, Dino DeLaurentis, and himself in a very outrageous portrayal of a man trying to leave Great Britain before the income tax nails him. His tempestuous Italian star Elsa Martinelli figures in the solution to his problem.

And Welles figures in the solution to Margaret Rutherford's problem. She's an impoverished and widowed Duchess who is leaving her home to settle in Florida. She's bright and funny and her portrayal is very much like Helen Hayes who won a second Academy Award for playing a little old eccentric lady in Airport.

Taylor and Burton oddly enough have the weakest story in the film. He's a billionaire tycoon who's wife Elizabeth Taylor is running off with a playboy gigolo portrayed by Louis Jourdan. Burton is as offended as Orson Welles was in Citizen Kane when Susan Alexander was running away from Charles Foster Kane. It's his pride more than anything else. It's a humbling experience.

My favorite story in The VIPS occurs with Aussie businessman Rod Taylor who is the victim of a cash flow problem as a result of beating back a hostile takeover. Linda Christian is his socialite jetsetting wife and Maggie Smith his loyal private secretary. It's one of the few times Rod Taylor has ever played someone from his native country on screen.

Though Margaret Rutherford got an Oscar, in my opinion the best portrayal in The VIPS goes hands down to Maggie Smith. She is so touching as the prim and proper Ms. Meade who is crushing out big time on her boss.

The Burton-Taylor story intersects with the Rod Taylor story when Smith spots Burton at the airport and corners him for help on behalf of her boss. She explains Rod Taylor's problems to Burton and of course she doesn't know of the personal crisis he's going through. Their scene is the highlight of the film.

Richard Burton was later reported to say that when he saw the finished film and saw Maggie Smith with him on the screen that she was guilty of grand larceny for her scene stealing. He said it with a smile and chuckle in admiration for her talent. I think you'll agree with him.

It's a good film, The VIPS, filled with characters you become involved with though they are hardly likely to be ones you come in contact with in your daily life.

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