Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
A Modern Love Story
Wealthy passengers fogged in at London's Heathrow Airport fight to survive a variety of personal trials.
Who decided to make a movie about a boring and frustrating experience like being stranded at an airport...?! Wasn't impressed with the wardrobe either. Maybe I was just in a bad mood, but I even hated the set design. That restaurant's wall...!
So what happens when you have a roster of A-list, B-list stars (and one actor/director who obviously is just showing up because he needed the paycheck - that would be you Orson with that bad Russian accent) trapped at an English airport - first in a V.I.P. lounge and then a nearby hotel when their planes are grounded - thanks to a thick fog? You get 119 minutes of the most full melodramatic schmaltz you will ever see in your life. Liz and Dick still manage to light up the screen...at least it has that going for it.
A decent drama from the 60s, made even more enjoyable through the presence of Richard Burton and a very knowing performance from Orson Welles a Hollywood mogul.
Takes quite a while (nearly an hour) to get up to steam, but when it does it becomes quite gripping. Fine performances from Taylor and Burton who have amazing chemistry here and it was quite neat to see a young Maggie Smith in a nerdy supporting role.
Being someone who flies often it was interesting to see how airport security was before 9/11 and even before the hijackings that started in the 70s. You needed your passport and your vaccination records but pretty much everything else was kosher....even bringing a handgun to the airport!!
The final 15 minutes had me in tears, as most Liz Taylor films do but that may have had more to do with some personal poignancy I felt than the film itself.
Worth a watch if you can find it and have the patience for the slow establishment of the plot.
A star-studded cast play the rich and famous stranded at Heathrow due to flights being stopped because of thick fog. This causes life-changing events for many of them, played out as they wait for their flights to resume. This isn't a masterpiece but is very watchable.
Preparing to start a blog that chronicles all of Orson Welles' fake noses.
Fog delays a group of travelers headed for New York who wait at the V.I.P. lounge of London Airport, each at a moment of crisis in his or her life.
Who would have known that the rich and famous have the same problems like us mortals? There are some good scenes and some splendid acting, but if you add it all up, this is 2 hours of talking heads.
there were so many good actors in this movie, but the problem this movie had was there were so many characters with a separate problem and their story lines barely intersected with each other and meanwhile I was bored and didn't care.
Whew, this was...not good. And I'll tell you why--Terence Rattigan's script. It's kind of awful. It's a third-rate soap opera with limited believability and paper-thin characters. Anthony Asquith directs the film with a lazy touch, almost as if he were asleep, and the tech aspects are shoddy as well (particularly the sound). Amazingly, however, they managed to fill a couple of the roles with some truly great actors--Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Maggie Smith, Orson Welles, and Margaret Rutherford in particular--who actually manage to squeeze something meaningful out of the whole mess. I couldn't repeat the plot if I tried, but performance-wise, Taylor and Burton both turn in deeply affecting performances, and with their usual wonderful chemistry, they both milk moments…
OMG, what a flat piece of tripe. Several unrelated and contrived stories pieced together into a too-long film. Taylor and Burton are terrible as is Louis Jourdain as Liz's would-be lover. Margaret Rutherford won an Oscar for her madcap Duchess but she's been better in other films. Maggie Smith as a devoted secretary to Rod Taylor is caught p in a very contrived segment with Burton. Orson Welles is totally wasted. It's a prequel to AIRPORT and not a very good one. Liz had true beauty but that is not enough to overcome the stilted, stagey, corny plot that fails to develop herein. She could act when given good material and a good director (Virginia Woolf, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Giant). Here she presents her boobs, her jewels, but not much thespianism. What's on the other channel?
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I watched this movie because it won Margaret Rutherford a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as the Duchess of Brighton.
"The V.I.P.s" features several different semi-intersecting and parallel stories about a group of VIPs fogbound in London. In movies like this, it frequently seems like the stories weren't strong enough to stand on their own so multiple stories are combined together. The sum does seem to be greater than its parts here. The most compelling storyline (Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's) is also ultimately the most disappointing, but it's hard for me to see the movie through 1963 eyes where I'm not so concerned about a wife choosing to stay in an abusive relationship.
Margaret Rutherford's performance provides some comic relief for the more serious story lines, and she is far easier to watch than the other comic plotline.
Margaret Rutherford is the best & frankly the only part worth watching.
Passengers held up at a London airport due to fog have to overcome many personal problems during the overnight delay. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor carry on as in normal life while the back up cast including Margaret Rutherford, Orson Welles, Rod Taylor and Maggie Smith add to the melodrama.
Here's the main problem I had with this, it stinks. It's not terrible by all means no, it's just that it did not need to be a movie centered around a group of people. Having the plot focus on the relationship of Taylor, Burton and Jourdan would have been just fine. Hell, they all were in the film the most. It's simply that being stuck in an airport for a two hour run time isn't that appealing or fun.
I found this monster list on IMDB so full credit goes to Mighty_Emperor there. It needs a lot of work…