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The V.I.P.s (1963)

Not Rated | | Drama | 19 September 1963 (USA)
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As fog delays departure for a group of travellers bound for New York City, they wait at the lounge of London's Heathrow airport, with each passenger at a moment of crisis in his or her life.

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Anthony Asquith
Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

Awaiting London's Heathrow Airport for a flight to New York City, Frances Andros (Dame Elizabeth Taylor), seen off by her tycoon husband, Paul Andros (Richard Burton), plans to leave her spouse for the arms of an aging international playboy, Marc Champselle (Louis Jourdan). Les Mangrum (Rod Taylor), a self-made Australian businessman travelling with his loyal secretary, Miss Mead (Dame Maggie Smith), must be in New York City the following day to arrange the loan that will help him repel a hostile takeover of his tractor company. Max Buda (Orson Welles), a movie mogul travelling with starlet Gloria Gritti (Elsa Martinelli), must get out of England immediately or face ruinous British income tax. The Duchess of Brighton (Dame Margaret Rutherford) has taken a job as a hostess at an American holiday resort, thinking she will be able to keep her family estate on her new income. Fog descends and blurs the future for them all, forced now to wait in the airport hotel for morning and fair ... Written by alfiehitchie

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A Modern Love Story

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

19 September 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

International Affair See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Uncredited theatrical movie debut of Brook Williams (First Reporter). See more »

Goofs

At 36:51 camera shadow on Sanders, Frances and Marc. See more »

Quotes

Airport Director: [Talking on the phone] No, I want to speak to Dawkins.
Sanders: [Walks into the Director's office] Excuse me, sir.
Airport Director: Shhh!
[Talking on the phone]
Airport Director: Dawkins? Airport Director, here. I want the royal lounge made ready by 10 hundred hours for the Russian delegation. Oh, about 20 of them, I think. Lay out caviar, champagne and cake. Oh, some kind of Russian-looking cake. Well, how should I know what makes a cake look Russian! Use your imagination, Dawkins.
Sanders: May I speak to you sir? Its extremely urgent.
Airport Director: [...]
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Delicious Moments
10 March 2003 | by lights-5See all my reviews

As another user has said, I love this movie. I too saw it multiple times in theatres (the first Dick/Liz film made it a must-see at the time) and have played the grooves off the laserdisc. DVD anyone????

In the classic "Grand Hotel" style, the film follows several A stories and several more B stories during one night, fogged in at Heathrow. Though the script has some dreadful stuff, there are moments throughout the movie which seem indelibly etched on my mind: Burton's face as he sits in the hotel lobby, every Smith/Taylor scene, every Rutherford scene, every Welles scene.

Am I the only one who enjoys good melodrama? This one is so rich with such beautiful people, gorgeous clothes and glorious character actors, it has to be fattening.

I love the score, the sets, the richness of the colors and the way so many of these actors are captured in their absolute prime. I don't remember any film that wasn't a costume drama that shows off Liz's beauty any better. Rod Taylor, always handsome, often underrated, has some marvelous moments. And despite some pretty maudlin scenes, you get some idea why Liz fell for Burton so hard.


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