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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".

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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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Biography | Drama

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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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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 »

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Burton recalls filming "Cleopatra" with Taylor in Hollywood. Actually, the film was made in Rome. See more »

Quotes

[Elizabeth is being escorted out of her room, sobbing hysterically]
Richard Burton: What's going on? Elizabeth!
Chen Sam: Leave her. She's poorly. We're getting her straight back to the apartment.
Richard Burton: There's nothing wrong with her.
Chen Sam: She's sick.
Richard Burton: Really? Well if she is, take it from one who knows: she's got it from a bloody bottle!
Chen Sam: Can you blame her? You treat her like shit! She finds out you're married from a newspaper article; you criticize her as an actress...
Richard Burton: What?
Chen Sam: You!
Richard Burton: I have NEVER criticized her as an actress, she is ...
[...]
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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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A Requiem for Two Great Stars
21 May 2014 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

In 1983 Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor appeared together on stage for the first and only time in Noel Coward's comedy PRIVATE LIVES. Although critically panned, it sold out for its entire run on Broadway, with audiences flocking to see the sight of two legendary figures bickering with one another. William Ivory's screenplay tells the story of that theatrical performance, focusing in particular on Taylor's (Helena Bonham Carter's) gradually disintegrating state of mind, as she realizes that Burton (Dominic West) has abandoned her for good in favor of his new wife Sally Burton (Cassie Raine). Bonham Carter gives a creditable impersonation of Taylor, even though she lacks that mysterious quality that kept Taylor in the public eye for so many years; in this performance, Taylor comes across as a bit of a hopeless drunk with a penchant for upstaging Burton. West's Burton seems like a dedicated actor; despite his love of money and the Hollywood high life, he never lost his professionalism, even in an obvious turkey like this PRIVATE LIVES, in which Taylor seldom knew her lines and often consciously departed from the script, in full knowledge that the audience didn't give a fig. So long as she appeared on stage, then the houses would remain packed; if she was absent, the box-office suffered as a result. In the end, however, both of them seem rather pathetic figures, mere shadows of their former selves at the height of their popularity during the mid-Sixties. We can't help feeling sorry for two actors who were so fond of the limelight that they never knew when to give up: Burton kept wanting to play King Lear, even though he was both physically and mentally ill-equipped to do so. BURTON AND TAYLOR seems like a requiem for two great stars reduced to mere museum exhibits.


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