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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".



, (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 »




Complete credited cast:
... Richard Burton
... Elizabeth Taylor
... Zev Bufman
Jeff Mash ... Journalist
... Journalist
... Chen Sam
Isabella Brazier-Jones ... Maria Burton
... Liza Todd Burton
... Milton Katselas
... Kathryn Walker
... John Cullum
... ASM (as Jess Doherty)
Michael Jibson ... Mike
... Reporter (as Martin T Sherman)
Cassie Raine ... Sally Burton


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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Did You Know?


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 »


The movie is set in 1983 when "Private Lives" ran for 63 performance on Broadway. Yet an establishing shot early in the film shows New York's Times Square with billboards for "The Who's Tommy" and the revival of "Guys and Dolls." These shows were playing on Broadway from 1993 to 1995, ten to twelve years after the film's setting. See more »


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


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Performed by Donna Summer
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
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Not the golden couple
3 March 2014 | by See all my reviews

Burton and Taylor will forever be Hollywood's golden couple whose turbulent life made headline news but also inspired some dramatic films, none more so than 'Who's afraid of Virgina Woolf.'

The setting for this one off film is 1983, a year before Burton's death untimely death. Richard Burton (Dominic West) and Elizabeth Taylor (Helena Bonham Carter) after their second divorce are reuniting in London for a theatrical play of Noel Coward's Private Lives and enter another spiral of turbulence, bickering, despair and affection. The press announcement creates a storm of interest and speculation in the media as to if they will get back together for a third time.

Taylor still carries a torch for Burton whilst Burton, a man with a reputation as a great stage actor is frustrated by Taylor's histrionics and her unwillingness to rehearse the play properly.

Bonham Carter captures the essence and cattiness of Taylor remarkably well although West seems to struggle with his Burton. Maybe it was a misstep by concentrating in this period of their relationship when there is a more interesting story to be told about this pair as to how they fell in love in the early 1960s and their roller coaster relationship over the next 20 years.

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