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X, Y and Zee (1972)

Zee and Co. (original title)
PG | | Drama | 21 January 1972 (USA)
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.


Brian G. Hutton


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




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


Zee (Dame Elizabeth Taylor) and Robert Blakeley (Sir Michael Caine) 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 (Susannah York), and Zee goes through a series of scheming adventures to break Robert and Stella up.

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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 dialogue, including the ending. See more »


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 »


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Life and Lovers to experience
21 September 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

X,Y&Z stars that romantic trio of Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine, and Susannah York. I'm thinking Richard Burton must have been working on another project so Michael Caine was substituted in a part that seemed clearly written for Burton.

Caine and Taylor are a pair of married somethings who are starting to look a lot like George and Martha from Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf. That would be another 20 years or so. At the moment they still have a lot of life and lovers to experience.

But for reasons not fully explained Taylor resents York, a widow with two small children far more than any of the others Caine has had. She no doubts sees a slightly younger version of herself. It really is because while the two women are having a most civilized lunch to amicably dispose of the matter of Caine, York says something to Taylor that really reminds her of herself. Something that later Taylor uses to her advantage. At the end we don't really know what's in store for this triangle.

Caine and Taylor have the showier roles, but York gives a nice understated performance. Not one hint of the end I will reveal, but it really does kind of blow Caine's mind.

I'm sure this had Richard Burton in mind originally. Watch and see if you don't agree.

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