The V.I.P.s

The V.I.P.s

DVD - 2006
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Elite passengers waiting for London-to-U.S. flights get fogged in, and have to deal with their problems rather than run from them.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Turner Entertainment : Warner Home Video, 2006
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781419842177
141984217X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (119 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: VIP's

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Bang_On
Dec 07, 2015

In the mid-1960's, Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton (aka. Liz & Dick) were the absolute hottest, "real-life", celebrity couple on the face of this whole planet, bar none. It's true!

Back then the movie-going public just loved Liz & Dick to pieces, and faithfully showed up in droves at the movie theatres all across the nation to see these 2 together in all of their movies (good or bad), which eventually totalled 11 by 1974.

Without a shadow of a doubt in my mind, "The V.I.P.s" was strictly a "rush job" meant solely to capitalize on Liz & Dick's humongous, world-wide popularity.

Basically "The V.I.P.s" is nothing but a very well-produced, super-glossy, big name, 2.5-hour-long soap opera (Yawn!), with all of the sappy, soapy trimmings thrown in for good measure.

All in all, "The V.I.P.s" was entertaining enough, to a certain degree, but, somehow, it all ended up amounting to nothing but a big pile of meaningless goop, in the long run.

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Nursebob
Feb 06, 2015

When a heavy fog grounds all planes at London’s Heathrow airport the resulting flight delays have a dramatic effect on the personal lives of several passengers stranded in the First Class lounge. There’s the wealthy socialite fleeing her loveless marriage and the French gigolo who’s accompanying her; the Australian tycoon facing bankruptcy and his personal assistant who’s secretly in love with him; the cash-strapped European director and his air-headed starlet; and lastly, the doddery old Duchess trying to raise enough cash to save her ancestral home. Part “Love Boat”, part “Airport”, this technicolour soap opera features a paper-thin script and a wholly contrived series of plot lines. So why did I enjoy it so much? Because as a paper-thin soap opera it is a great deal of fun to watch! The A-list cast is in top form as they agonize and emote; the set designs feature some wonderful examples of early 60’s kitsch (Liz Taylor’s Givenchy gowns are wonderful); and lastly, Margaret Rutherford’s portrayal of the pill-popping Duchess is a pure delight. Silly, sappy, and at times bordering on camp yet strangely watchable. Put your brain in neutral and enjoy!

Sandrine1949 Oct 06, 2014

... despite some negative commentaries, across-the-board, I have always found this to be a wonderful film. A story reminiscent of VickiBaum's "GrandHotel"... but this time at the airport, it was filmed in two weeks during a break from the making of Cleopatra. It stars a luminous ElizabethTaylor and her then great-love and soon to be husband ( for the first-time) RichardBurton, along with a truly stellar cast, all-"accompanied" by a magnificent score composed by MiklosRosza. This film is a not-to-be missed voyage back-in-time, when movies were about people "colliding" with each other and special-effects had no place in the mix. Please watch for E.T.'s minimalist performance, many times out-acting Burton, without even appearing to be trying. It is this film that made me understand that Taylor was an "actress' ... and not just a professional-beauty who was a movie-star. Over the years, I continue to go-back to this film, and am swept-away all over again each and every single time. An AcademyAward winning film that, simply-put, is not to be missed.

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