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Burton and Taylor (2013)

Legendary acting duo and married couple Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor prepare for a 1983 theatrical production of the play "Private Lives".

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Film star Elizabeth Taylor invites her ex-husband - twice over - Richard Burton to her fiftieth birthday party where, as a recovering alcoholic, he refuses to get drunk with her. He does however consider her suggestion that they star in a stage revival of the play 'Private Lives'. As they announce the project the press speculate on a romantic reconciliation. With a new girlfriend and the prospect of playing king Lear Burton is not happy with the project, especially with Taylor's pill-popping and her lack of stage experience, which causes problems at rehearsal. The play opens to a critical trashing but is popular with audiences, chiefly, again to Burton's chagrin, because they want to see Taylor and, when she is ill, numbers dwindle and the show is put on hold. After a two month run , with a projected tour, the curtain comes down and Taylor tells Burton she has always loved him and still does. A year later however his old life-style catches up with him and he is dead. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Elizabeth Taylor was previously married to Eddie Fisher, the father of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) star Carrie Fisher. Dominic West appeared in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). See more »

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Whilst showing a shot of Broadway, there is a clear billboard of the characters "Will & Grace". See more »

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[Elizabeth is being escorted out of her room, sobbing hysterically]
Richard Burton: What's going on? Elizabeth!
Chen Sam: Leave her. She's poorly. We're getting her straight back to the apartment.
Richard Burton: There's nothing wrong with her.
Chen Sam: She's sick.
Richard Burton: Really? Well if she is, take it from one who knows: she's got it from a bloody bottle!
Chen Sam: Can you blame her? You treat her like shit! She finds out you're married from a newspaper article; you criticize her as an actress...
Richard Burton: What?
Chen Sam: You!
Richard Burton: I have NEVER criticized her as an actress, she is ...
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Love to Love You Baby
Written by Pete Bellotte, Giorgio Moroder, and Donna Summer
Performed by Donna Summer
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enteprises
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good performances in rather bland movie
31 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

It's 1983. Elizabeth Taylor (Helena Bonham Carter) and her twice ex-husband Richard Burton (Dominic West) are going to star in the revival of Noel Coward play 'Private Lives'. The media speculation is rampant with Taylor's help. She's popping pills. He keeps giving her notes on stage acting. He starts drinking again. The play is panned by the critics but popular with the fans who are rabid for the reunion. He marries his girlfriend and the two actors conflict.

It has a couple of good performances in a rather bland telling of a minor part of these icons' turbulent love affair. It's the writing and probably the directing that let this down. It plays more like a Lifetime TV movie. It doesn't have the bite. There is a great opportunity to add other characters into their relationship. This is begging to include Burton's girlfriend. There is great drama here but the movie doesn't take full advantage.


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