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A movie directed by Anthony Asquith

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Glitzy but forgettable

  • Feb 1, 2013
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The London fog grounds several wealthy passengers who must spend the night in the airport. The unrelated stories involve a wife running off with her lover, a cheap movie mogul, a businessman on the brink of disaster, and an addled Duchess.

Typical of the star-studded movies of its time, this one is all style and no substance. The writing is straight out of a soap opera and Liz Taylor really wallows in the suds. Her star-power can't hide bad acting and her breathy, whiny voice and faux-British accent make the movie seem interminable. Richard Burton is a better actor, but he's still stuck with a predictable and ridiculously melodramatic storyline. The other vignettes serve no purpose except to fill the time, even though Margaret Rutherford won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar as the pill-popping aristocrat.

This is a dated, cliche-ridden film filled with flowery speeches and silly characters, although it is nice to return to the days when people dressed in their finest clothes to fly.


The cast features Orson Welles and Margaret Rutherford as well as Maggie Smith, Louis Jourdan, and Rod Taylor.
Glitzy but forgettable

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review by . December 29, 2009
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THE V.I.P.'s belongs to a genre of film that is now sadly almost extinct - the star-studded character epic. Playwright Terence Rattigan gave us one of the all-time classics with "Separate Tables"; and in 1963 he wrote the script for this most glamorous movie, quickly assembled as a vehicle for the red-hot couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton at the height of "Cleopatra" mania.    The story revolves around several high-profile travelers, stranded at Heathrow airport when …
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For elite passengers awaiting London-to-U.S. flights, takeoff can't occur soon enough. But then fog rolls in, grounding air traffic. Over the next fateful night, the jet-setters must face problems and not flee them. First-class stars book passage for romantic melodrama mixed with wry comic flourishes in The V.I.P.s Frances (Elizabeth Taylor) is runing from her neglectful tycoon husband (Richard Burton) into the arms of the suave Marc (Louis Jourdan). Filmmaker Max (Orson Welles) is dodging the taxman. Harried entrepreneur Les (Rod Taylor) is blind to the romantic devotion of his secretary (Maggie Smith). And a dotty dutchess (Margaret Rutherfor won an Oscar, Golden Globe and National Board of Review awards for ther delightful performance) is determined to save her ancestral manor.
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Director: Anthony Asquith
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 119 minutes

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