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Burton and Taylor (2013)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 16 October 2013
Legendary acting duo and married couple Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor prepare for a 1983 theatrical production of the play "Private Lives".

Director:

Richard Laxton

Writers:

William Ivory, Noël Coward (extracts from the play "Private Lives") (as Noel Coward) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dominic West ... Richard Burton
Helena Bonham Carter ... Elizabeth Taylor
Greg Hicks ... Zev Bufman
Jeff Mash Jeff Mash ... Journalist
Trevor White ... Journalist
Lenora Crichlow ... Chen Sam
Isabella Brazier-Jones Isabella Brazier-Jones ... Maria Burton
Lucille Sharp ... Liza Todd Burton
Stanley Townsend ... Milton Katselas
Sarah Hadland ... Kathryn Walker
William Hope ... John Cullum
Jessica Jones ... ASM (as Jess Doherty)
Michael Jibson ... Mike
Martin Sherman ... Reporter (as Martin T Sherman)
Cassie Raine Cassie Raine ... Sally Burton
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Storyline

Film star Elizabeth Taylor invites her ex-husband - twice over - Richard Burton to her fiftieth birthday party where, as a recovering alcoholic, he refuses to get drunk with her. He does however consider her suggestion that they star in a stage revival of the play 'Private Lives'. As they announce the project the press speculate on a romantic reconciliation. With a new girlfriend and the prospect of playing king Lear Burton is not happy with the project, especially with Taylor's pill-popping and her lack of stage experience, which causes problems at rehearsal. The play opens to a critical trashing but is popular with audiences, chiefly, again to Burton's chagrin, because they want to see Taylor and, when she is ill, numbers dwindle and the show is put on hold. After a two month run , with a projected tour, the curtain comes down and Taylor tells Burton she has always loved him and still does. A year later however his old life-style catches up with him and he is dead. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Biography | Drama

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Burton e Taylor See more »

Filming Locations:

Chiswick, London, England, UK See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Robert Hardy, a veteran character actor and an old friend of Burton, described West's performance as "hopeless", saying he "wasn't tough enough, he wasn't dangerous enough, he wasn't Welsh enough". However, he appreciated Bonham-Carter's performance, saying she was "brilliant, absolutely brilliant" because she "got the spirit of her and sounded like her". See more »

Goofs

Elizabeth Taylor's "beauty spot" was on the right side of her face, whereas on Helena Bonham Carter's it appears on the left side. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth Taylor: Where did my Antony go? Remember? The man who would've risked everything for me - who did! He tossed it all against the rocks so he could be with me. Where did he go, Richard? Tell me where my FUCKING Antony went!
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Connections

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Love to Love You Baby
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The end of an era
30 August 2019 | by via-helenaSee all my reviews

There is criticism that this play does not do justice to the Burton-Taylor relationship but that is unfair, what it does do is to focus upon a particular stage in their lives, coincidentally shortly before Burton's death.

Other criticism is for the lead players. If you had to cast someone as iconic as Richard Burton or Elizabeth Taylor who would you cast? Who would meet the legend? I feel the leads do a competent job and Dominic West's fading Welsh accent is very convincing.

It is, in truth, a fairly boring story but bolstered by strong performances and good direction.


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