The VIPs

The VIPs

Anthony Asquith (1963)

119min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Made principally to cash in on the Richard Burton/Elizabeth Taylor romance - the movie raced Cleopatra into the cinemas - this is a glossy, but tedious, drama set in the VIP lounge of the then London Airport. Only Margaret Rutherford's deliriously dotty, Oscar-winning duchess and Orson Welles's movie mogul fleeing the taxman breathe life into the bottomless pit of clichés. Other celebrities on view include Maggie Smith and even David Frost. The screenplay - which MGM originally called International Hotel - is by Terence Rattigan, perhaps the most prestigious British playwright since Noël Coward, whose later career was to suffer at the hands of John Osborne and other "angry young men" of the British theatre.

Summary

A group of mismatched jet-setters simmer in an emotional pressure-cooker as bad weather forces an unscheduled overnight stay at a London airport. Drama, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Margaret Rutherford, Maggie Smith, Orson Welles and Rod Taylor.

Cast & Crew

Frances Andros Elizabeth Taylor
Paul Andros Richard Burton
Marc Champselle Louis Jourdan
Gloria Gritti Elsa Martinelli
Duchess of Brighton Margaret Rutherford
Miss Mead Maggie Smith
Les Mangrum Rod Taylor
Miriam Marshall Linda Christian
Max Buda Orson Welles
Commander Millbank Dennis Price
Sanders Richard Wattis
Joslin Ronald Fraser
Reporter David Frost
Director Anthony Asquith
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Language: EnglishColour
Drama