The V.I.P.'s

The V.I.P.'s

Elizabeth Taylor
Director: Anthony Asquith Cast: Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
, Richard Burton
Richard Burton
, Louis Jourdan
Louis Jourdan
Anthony Asquith

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Overview

Terrence Rattigan, the playwright who brought us the multicharactered, multistoried Separate Tables, again offers us an episodic cross-section of humanity in The V.I.P.'s. When a heavy London fog paralyzes all air traffic, the lives of several people are profoundly affected. As indicated by the title, most of the characters in this portmanteau film are of the social and/or financial elite. Elizabeth Taylor wishes to leave her enormously wealthy husband Richard Burton in favor of playboy Louis Jourdan. Peripatetic European film producer Orson Welles is hoping to escape London with his newest protegee Elsa Martinelli in order to avoid paying his income tax. Australian businessman Rod Taylor, accompanied by his devoted (and adoring) secretary Maggie Smith, is anxious to head to New York to stave off a hostile takeover of his firm. And impoverished aristocrat Margaret Rutherford (who won an Oscar for her performance) would rather not go to Florida to accept a job as a social arbiter, but the wolf must be kept from the door. Before the fog disperses, you can be sure that at least one of the many plotlines will intersect with another. David Frost, in a tiny part as a reporter, was fond of recalling in later years that, while the major stars of The VIPS were introduced in the opening titles with animated limousines, he was consigned a tiny Volkswagen; alas, no such cartoon joke appears in the film, though on occasion the actors-particularly Mr. Welles-behave as though they were cartoons. Mercilessly skewered by the critics, The VIPS was a winner at the box-office, due in great part to the Cleopatra-inspired publicity concerning the top-billed Liz Taylor and Dick Burton.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/2020
UPC: 0883929712199
Original Release: 1963
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:59:00
Sales rank: 6,014

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elizabeth Taylor Frances Andros
Richard Burton Paul Andros
Louis Jourdan Marc Champselle
Elsa Martinelli Gloria Gritti
Margaret Rutherford Duchess of Brighton
Maggie Smith Miss Mead
Rod Taylor Les Mangrum
Orson Welles Max Buda
Linda Christian Miriam Marshall
Dennis Price Commander Millbank
Richard Wattis Sanders
Ronald Fraser Joslin
David Frost Reporter
Joan Benham Miss Potter
Michael Hordern Airport Director
Lance Percival B.O.A.C. Officer
Martin Miller Dr. Schwutzbacher
Peter Sallis Doctor
Stringer Davis Hotel Waiter
Clifton Jones Jamaican Passenger
Moyra Fraser Air Hostess
Terry Alexander Captain
Raymond Austin Rolls Chauffeur
Reginald Beckwith Head Waiter
John Blythe Barman
Richard Briers Meteorological Official
Richard Caldicot Hotel Representative
Joyce Carey Mrs. Damer
Ann Castle Lady Reporter
Peter Illing Mr. Damer
Angus Lennie Meteorological Man
Maggie McGrath Waitress
Clifford Mollison Mr. River the Hotel Manager
Gordon Sterne Official
Frank Williams Assistant to Airport Director
Jill Carson Air Hostesses
Rosemary Dorken Actor
Duncan Lewis Hotel Receptionist
Virginia Bedard Actor
Cal McCord Visitor
Robert Coote John Coburn
Lewis Fiander (uncredited) Third Reporter

Technical Credits
Anthony Asquith Director
Eric Allwright Makeup
Dave Aylott Makeup
Pierre Cardin Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Clarke Editor
Pamela Cornell Set Decoration/Design
Hubert de Givenchy Costumes/Costume Designer
Anatole de Grunwald Producer
Kip Gowans Asst. Director
Jack Hildyard Cinematographer
Tom Howard Special Effects
William Kellner Art Director
Terence Rattigan Screenwriter
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Tom Smith Makeup

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