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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:
An average 60s soaper. 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)
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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)
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
 
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Runtime:
119 min | Argentina:120 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: From 23:26 to 26:38, camera shadow on Frances.See more »
Quotes:
Frances Andros:That is what I love you for. That I can make fun of you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Fear, Anxiety & Depression (1989)See more »

FAQ

"The V.I.P.s"---The Screenplay---How Did it Come About?
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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
An average 60s soaper., 9 January 2007
Author: fedor8 from Serbia

This is basically a soap-opera decorated like a Christmas tree with a prominent cast.

There are two plots and two non-plots. The non-plots, with Orson Wells and Rutherford, are uninteresting. From the two "plot-plots", the one with Rod Taylor and Maggie Smith is solid, though very predictable, and the one with the love triangle Burton-Taylor-Jourdan is soap-operatic though not tedious, as it may have easily turned out. The film is basically kept afloat - after a boring first 15-20 minutes - by R.Taylor, Smith, and Burton. Jourdan is average, and Elizabeth Taylor, though not bad, simply plays herself, and in the process does her distressed-rich-princess routine yet again.

If you want to read parodies/biographies of Welles, Taylor, and other Hollywood nitwits, contact me by e-mail.

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