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The V.I.P.'s Details

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Terrence Rattigan, the playwright who brought us the multicharactered, multistoried , 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 -inspired publicity concerning the top-billed Liz Taylor and Dick Burton. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Margaret Rutherford Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1963 Winner
National Board of Review Margaret Rutherford Best Supporting Actress 1963 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Margaret Rutherford Best Supporting Actress 1963 Winner

Cast

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

Crew

Anthony Asquith
Director
Anatole de Grunwald
Producer
Terence Rattigan
Screenwriter
Jack Hildyard
Cinematographer
Miklos Rozsa
Composer (Music Score)
William Kellner
Art Director
Pamela Cornell
Set Designer
Pierre Cardin
Costume Designer
Kip Gowans
First Assistant Director
Eric Allwright
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