The V.I.P.s

Released 1963




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When thick fog engulfs London's Heathrow Airport, several passengers in the VIP lounge are greatly alarmed, as they have urgent reasons to want to leave Britain. Frances Andros (Elizabeth Taylor) wants to leave her millionaire husband (Richard Burton). The Duchess of Brighton (Margaret Rutherford) needs her new job in Florida in order to to save her beautiful family home. Film producer Max Buda (Orson Welles) must be out of the country before the end of the financial year, or he will be stuck for a fortune in taxes. Self-made tycoon Les Mangrum (Rod Taylor) must get to New York to raise enough money to stop a vital cheque he has signed from bouncing. As the troubled passengers drift through the airport and wait for the planes to take off, they wonder if the fog will lift in time to salvage their lives.


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The main plot of this film is reportedly based on an incident in which the writer, Terence Rattigan, was involved. When fog grounded all planes at London Airport during the mid-1950s, he drove Sir Laurence Olivier to the airport so that the latter could dissuade his wife, Vivien Leigh, from leaving him. (Olivier succeeded in doing this, although they were divorced some years later.)

    • This was the first of the many films Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton made together after their initial teaming in Cleopatra. At one point, it actually replaced Cleopatra as the number one box-office hit in American cinemas.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Duchess of Brighton: Flying is a peculiar experience. First, they tie you into your seat and tell you you are going to go. Then they untie you and tell you you are not going to go. Hah! You'd never catch the "Queen Mary" behaving like that!

    • Journalist: Aren't you rather overweight, Mr. Buda?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Margaret Rutherford won a very popular Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for her role in this film (the only Oscar the film won).


    • The Hungarian film producer played by Orson Welles in this movie was generally taken by critics to be a parody of Sir Alexander Korda, but Welles insisted that he based him far more on another Hungarian producer, the largely-forgotten Gabriel Pascal.

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60s, Classics, Love & Romance