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Movies: “The V.I.P.’s”

Sept. 13, 1963 - Opening today is “The V.I.P.s,” a British comedy-drama film in Metrocolor and Panavision. It was directed by Anthony Asquith and distributed by MGM. It has an all-star cast, including Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Louis Jourdan, Elsa Martinelli, Maggie Smith, Rod Taylor, Orson Welles, and Margaret Rutherford. The film is set within Terminal 3 of London Heathrow Airport during a fog. As flights are delayed, the VIPs of the title play out the drama of their lives in a number of interconnected stories. The delays have caused serious hardship for most of the characters and have plunged some of them into a deep personal or financial crisis. Slightly in advance of the film's release, a paperback novelization of the screenplay by Marvin H. Albert was published by Dell Books.

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