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The V.I.P.s


When fog prevents any aircraft from leaving a London airport, a group of well-to-do passengers headed for New York are stranded in the V.I.P. lounge. Director Anthony Asquith and writer Terence Ratigan reportedly based this film on a real-life incident between Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier; the infidelity drama played out by the Richard Burton-Elizabeth Taylor characters is the central ingredient of this uneven multi-character story. Comic relief is provided by Margaret Rutherford and particularly Orson Welles (as a tax-evading movie director). Nothing truly memorable happens here, but it is pleasant, glamorous entertainment.

1963-Britain. 119 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed byĀ Anthony Asquith. Screenplay: Terence Ratigan. Cast: Elizabeth Taylor (Frances Andros), Richard Burton (Paul Andros), Louis Jourdan (Marc Champselle), Margaret Rutherford, Rod Taylor, Maggie Smith… Orson Welles, David Frost.

Oscar: Best Supporting Actress (Rutherford). Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actress (Rutherford).



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