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The V.I.P.s (1963)

Not Rated | | Drama | 19 September 1963 (USA)
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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.

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Anthony Asquith
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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 at London Airport for a flight to New York, Frances Andros, seen off by her tycoon husband, Paul Andros, plans to leave her spouse for the arms of an aging international playboy, Marc Champselle. Les Mangrum, a self-made Australian businessman traveling with his loyal secretary, Miss Mead, must be in New York the following day to arrange the loan that will help him repel a hostile takeover of his tractor company. Max Buba, a film mogul traveling with starlet Gloria Gritti, must get out of England immediately or face ruinous British income tax. The Duchess of Brighton 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 weather. Written by alfiehitchie

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A Modern Love Story

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1963 (USA) See more »

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International Affair See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,205,626

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,000,000, 31 January 1974
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on a true story, the movie was a thinly disguised account of screenwriter Terence Rattigan's real-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. She abandoned the plan after hours of fog delay. See more »

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The Duchess of Brighton tells the night porter at the hotel that it was said Shakespeare stayed at her house. Later when she is speaking with the film people about letting them use her house as a movie location, she says it wasn't built until Queen Victoria. See more »

Quotes

Miss Mead: Mr, Mr, Andros? I-I don't suppose you've ever before been approached by a perfectly strange woman in a hotel lounge asking you for 153,750 pounds?
Paul Andros: No, I, don't think I have.
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Splendid Trash
17 May 2004 | by gregorybnycSee all my reviews

Forget Dick and Liz. They are awful in this "Grand Hotel"-style

movie with a big, international cast, set in London's Heathrow

Airport. There are four and a half reasons to see this movie:

Maggie Smith, Rod Taylor, Margaret Rutherford, Elsa Martinnelli,

and--begrudgingly--Orson Welles.

Industrialist Burton is taking his spoiled and neglected wife, Liz, to

the airport. Despite their impossibly rich appearances, they look

miserable. In fact, Liz is meeting her lover, Louis Jourdan on the

plane where they are heading for America and a new life together.

Meanwhile, Maggie Smith is worried about her handsome boss, a

Australian tycoon--Rod Taylor. He's written a check he doesn't

have enough cash to cover, to save his business.

And Orson Welles is the ego-maniacal film producer who must

leave London at midnight or get hit with a huge tax bill. Elsa

Martinnelli is the Italian film star beauty who is his mistress.

Getting bombed at the bar at Heathrow is Dame Margaret

Rutherford, an eccentric old aristocrat who has to travel to America

to raise money to save her family home from the tax collector.

Liz and Dick, suffering mightily look like two over-stuffed rich film

stars phoning in their performances. Jourdan is embarrassing as

the lover. Margaret Rutherford deservedly won an Oscar for her

richly comic performance of the daffy dowager. Rod is

handsomely desperate to find a way to save his company. But it is

Maggie Smith who steals the movie, as the very efficient secretary

who sees the opportunity to save her boss--the man she

loves--and seizes the moment. One of her early "great" film

performances, which should have been Oscar-nominated. Orson

is his usual grandiloquent self. Elsa Martinnelli, an international

model and screen leading lady had a wonderful presence on film,

and she's delightful as the bubble-headed starlet/mistress.

Asquith's direction is funereal and awfully pompous. Rattigan's

creaky, ponderous script does unintentionally offer some howlers

and unfortunately, Jourdan gets most of them. Gobs of fun at

times and and windy bore at others. Still worth wallowing through.


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