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X, Y and Zee (1972)

Zee and Co. (original title)
The venomous and amoral wife of a wealthy architect tries, any way she can, to break up the blossoming romance between her husband and his new mistress; a good-natured young widow who holds a dark past.

Director:

Brian G. Hutton

Writer:

Edna O'Brien
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Zee Blakeley
Michael Caine ... Robert Blakeley
Susannah York ... Stella
Margaret Leighton ... Gladys
John Standing ... Gordon
Mary Larkin ... Rita
Michael Cashman ... Gavin
Gino Melvazzi ... Head Waiter
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Storyline

Zee and Robert Blakeley are members of swinging London's upper crust whose unique love-hate marriage heads towards destruction when Robert falls in love with a beautiful young widow named Stella, and Zee goes through a series of scheming adventures to break Robert and Stella up. Written by Anonymous

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In the end...there was always Zee! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

21 January 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

X Y & Zee See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Screenwriter Edna O'Brien, who adapted her own novel, felt that director Brian G. Hutton "butchered and killed" her work by arbitrarily cutting or adding scenes and dialog, including the ending. See more »

Goofs

Robert is shaving and still has cream on his face when he begins to push Zee through the open doorway. But when seen from the other side of the door, the cream has completely gone. See more »

Quotes

Zee Blakeley: Come back here, you! I haven't dismissed you yet!
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Connections

Featured in Premio Donostia a Michael Caine (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Granny's got a painted leg
Played by the Roy Young Band
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Virginia Woolf visits the Thames River
12 November 2003 | by JOHNBATES-1See all my reviews

... but without Edward Ablee's Pulitzer Prize winning touch. Taylor is firing on all eight cylinders again, as she did against Burton's George. This time 'George' is a remote, self-centered, enterprising individual and often on mute control around his tiger wife.

You quickly get a belly full of Taylor's ranting and antics - but there are real performance gems strewn around. And you wonder why in the world York's character with her quiet temperament and lifestyle would risk getting consumed alive by two battling idiots. If it was for the excitement, a crash landing was her sad reward.

Nevertheless, this forgotten film is worth watching just to see the three talented principals on the same set together go through their paces.


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