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Burton and Taylor (2013)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 16 October 2013
Legendary acting duo and married couple Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor prepare for a 1983 theatrical production of the play "Private Lives".

Director:

Richard Laxton

Writers:

William Ivory, Noël Coward (extracts from the play "Private Lives") (as Noel Coward) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dominic West ... Richard Burton
Helena Bonham Carter ... Elizabeth Taylor
Greg Hicks ... Zev Bufman
Jeff Mash Jeff Mash ... Journalist
Trevor White ... Journalist
Lenora Crichlow ... Chen Sam
Isabella Brazier-Jones Isabella Brazier-Jones ... Maria Burton
Lucille Sharp ... Liza Todd Burton
Stanley Townsend ... Milton Katselas
Sarah Hadland ... Kathryn Walker
William Hope ... John Cullum
Jessica Jones ... ASM (as Jess Doherty)
Michael Jibson ... Mike
Martin Sherman ... Reporter (as Martin T Sherman)
Cassie Raine Cassie Raine ... Sally Burton
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Helena Bonham Carter plays Elizabeth Taylor, who was married to a famous Burton [Richard Burton]. In real life, Bonham Carter was in a relationship with another famous Burton [Tim Burton] for over 10 years. See more »

Goofs

Liz took a lip gloss out of her handbag around 17 mins into the film. this kind of lip gloss was not available until the 21st century, See more »

Quotes

[Richard buys several bottles of vodka, only to pour them down the sink]
Richard Burton: Never... never.
[he throws the bottles against the wall, destroying them. He slumps into his chair]
Richard Burton: [quoting King Lear] Thou art the thing itself: unaccommodated man... is no more but such a poor, bare... forked animal... as thou art.
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Connections

Featured in 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

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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I am blown away
4 January 2021 | by itswishcraftSee all my reviews

This movie is a work of art and terribly underrated. Believe me when I tell you that I was at the edge of my seat watching this all while knowing full well how it ends...


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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burton e Taylor See more »

Filming Locations:

Chiswick, London, England, UK See more »

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2.35 : 1
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