7.3/10
41
3 user

Return Engagement (1978)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 17 November 1978
A live-theater production which Elizabeth Taylor stars as Emily Loomis, a professor of ancient history at a small California college, who reluctantly agrees to rent a room in her house to ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Comic-Con 2017: All Aboard the IMDboat

 | 

July 20 to 23, 2017

Get entertainment news, trailer drops, and photos with IMDb's coverage of 2017 San Diego Comic-Con featuring host and IMDboat captain Kevin Smith, including Saturday's live event.

Browse Our Guide to Comic-Con

Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ash Wednesday (1973)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Barbara gets secret plastic surgery in Switzerland in an attempt to save her marriage to Mark, but he doesn't seem interested in meeting her. She checks in to a ski resort to wait for Mark,... See full summary »

Director: Larry Peerce
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Henry Fonda, Helmut Berger
Boom! (1968)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Explores the confrontation between the woman who has everything, including emptiness, and a penniless poet who has nothing but the ability to fill a wealthy woman's needs.

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Noël Coward
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A graduating poet/teacher falls in love with a Southern woman, and then the Civil War and her past create problems.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Eva Marie Saint
The Comedians (1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A cynical Welsh hotel owner secretly romances a diplomat's wife in Haiti under the violent reign of the despot "Papa Doc" Duvalier.

Director: Peter Glenville
Stars: Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Alec Guinness
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Fredrik Egerman is very happy in his marriage to a seventeen-year-old virgin, Anne. Only she's been a virgin for the whole eleven months of the marriage, and being a bit restless, Fredrik ... See full summary »

Director: Harold Prince
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Rigg, Len Cariou
Certificate: M Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Fran walks into a piano bar for pizza. She comes back home with Joe, the piano player. Joe plans on winning $5,000 and leave Las Vegas. Fran waits for something else. Meanwhile, he moves in with her.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Warren Beatty, Charles Braswell
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

This is a delightful if peculiar story of a day in the life of a small, Welsh fishing village called "Llareggub" (read it backwards). We meet a host of curious characters (and ghosts) ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Sinclair
Stars: Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter O'Toole
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Miss Marple comes to solve the mystery when a local woman is poisoned and a visiting movie star seems to have been the intended victim.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: Angela Lansbury, Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The Faust legend retold (loosely) and applied to a mentally disturbed patient in a hospital run by a doctor of dubious sanity himself. The patient (Burton) offers the innocent orderly (... See full summary »

Director: Peter Ustinov
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Peter Ustinov
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A man sells his soul to the devil in order to have the woman he loves.

Directors: Richard Burton, Nevill Coghill
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Andreas Teuber
Between Friends (TV Movie 1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two middle-aged women with nothing in common meet by accident and develop a close friendship while continuing to deal with their own lives.

Director: Lou Antonio
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Carol Burnett, Henry Ramer
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Attorney's daughter falls for one of his gangster clients.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: William Powell, Elizabeth Taylor, Fernando Lamas
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Dr. Emily Loomis
...
Stewart Anderman
...
Florence
...
George Riley
James Ray ...
Mr. Keith
...
Janice
Alston Ahern ...
Audrey
Robin Strand ...
Victor
...
First Girl
Jennifer Myers ...
Second Girl
Wendy Sommerstein ...
Third Girl
...
Waiter
Edit

Storyline

A live-theater production which Elizabeth Taylor stars as Emily Loomis, a professor of ancient history at a small California college, who reluctantly agrees to rent a room in her house to one of the new students named Stewart Anderson. Both happen to be loners (she with a secret past) and although they initially get on each others nerves, they eventually realize the rapport to help one another emerge from their emotional shells. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 November 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Return Engagement (#28.1)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Miss Taylor's costumes were by Edith Head, with some personal input from her as well. Mr. Allen, the choreographer, witnessed an impromptu collaboration between the two, together sketching on a piece of cardboard. Seeing Miss Head didn't need it (it then being in her head) and it was being left behind, he asked for it, having them each sign it. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Emily Loomis: The first thing I'm going to teach you is how to work... and then I'm going to work you until you drop!
See more »

Connections

Edited into Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Surprisingly effective Tayor
1 January 2009 | by (Hoboken, nj) – See all my reviews

When this aired in 1978, I approached with dread. Taylor was terribly overweight (as a fan, I preferred not to see her so swollen) and what I knew of the plot of "Return Engagement" made me shudder--a history professor with a corny vaudeville showbiz past? Imagine my surprise when this turned out to be so poignant, with Elizabeth Taylor completely convincing in her role! Something in this screenplay must have touched her--a lonely woman who has escaped her glamorous past, reminded of it by one of her students (Joe Bottoms) who essentially forces her out of the closet of her guarded, careful lifestyle. Elizabeth had given a similarly fine-grained performance in "A Little Night Music" (let's just skip her singing, okay?) as an actress looking for a way out of that unsatisfying existence. So perhaps the theme of escape and/or renewal appealed to her. (She was married to John Warner at the time, and had "semi-retired" to act the role of a political spouse, but her image remained larger than life. Eventually she returned to being "Elizabeth Taylor.") This is without a doubt one of the many curiosities of Elizabeth Taylor's career, and one of the most satisfying. Be prepared, she is plump. Beyond plump, really. But her hairstyle and clothes are suitable and flattering. If you are a Taylor fan--and I assume you'd have to be, to be looking up anything on this movie!--it is worth searching out ebay or Amazon for an old VHS copy.


3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?