Cheese Alert! This is so bad it's funny.
Some of the worst lines in movie history, here's a real 'gem':
Laurence Harvey as Weston Liggett, Taylor's lover-"I want to kiss you right here on Chestnut St. at high noon in the worst possible way."
Elizabeth Taylor as call girl Gloria Wandrous responds -"You know I'm glad you're in chemicals."
Taylor got an Academy Award for her 'performance' in this flick. Her award is now notoriously known as the 'pity award' as she didn't deservedly win for "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" the year before so was awarded after the death of husband Mike Todd. BTW the widow Todd didn't waste any time and quickly married Eddie Fisher who has a small role.
Yes mix up a cocktail or two and get ready for ride back to the 50's. You'll need it......
If you love John O' Hara's novel, you will not love this film, but, if you are willing to forget about that and focus only upon Ms. Taylor's eyebrows, this film is a hilarious (as Froster writes) camp masterpiece.
Stilted acting and sometimes ridiculous dialogue, however "above average" rating for studies of numerous disturbed characters.
Gloria Wandrous? Weston Liggett? Does anyone else commenting on this picture realize the turgidity embodied in the names alone? AIN'T THERE ANY OTHER GAY GUYS IN HERE? This is a veritable camp masterpiece--from the opening shots of Liz in a French provincial bed and collapsing hairdo, combing through the ashtrays for a smoke-able cigarette butt, to some of the ripest bad girl lines EVER, only beginning with: "Mama, face it--I was the slut of all time". It's a HOOT, and if our Liz wasn't in on the joke then, she certainly "got it" later. Grab a highball, and settle in for some fun. And by all means, grab a notepad and pencil, because you're going to get some very juicy lines for your next party.
*Trivia note* - Elizabeth Taylor (who's now deceased) once admitted in a TV interview (which I saw excerpts from) that she thought Butterfield 8 was crap. (Yes. She used the word "crap") And, you know what? After watching this film, I'm in complete agreement with her on summing up the story, as well as the acting (hers included) in this trite, little soap opera.
Butterfield 8 contains some of the worst dialogue I've ever heard. It's so inexplicably nasty-to-the-core stuff. And when Gloria (Taylor) & Weston (Harvey), who are supposed to be red-hot lovers, are together on screen there's not even a single spark of sexuality that lights up between the 2 of them.
I think that a lot of the problem in this overly-serious picture was that Taylor (wearing way too much mascara) just didn't have what it takes to play the part of a high-class whore with a heart of gold. And when she uttered such ridiculous lines like "I was the slut of all time!" (to her mother, no less), she was as unconvincing as you could ever possibly imagine.
Nope. Sorry, folks. Taylor just did not deserve the Oscar that she won for her part as Gloria, the high-priced tramp.
Grumpy cineastes like to complain about how they don't make 'em (why always 'em instead of them?) like they used, but that complaint should be revised to they don't make stars like they used to. Case in point: Elizabeth Taylor. For those of us under 50 or so, it's easy to think of her as a joke: the weight, the endless marriages, the friendship with fellow eccentric Michael Jackson. So seeing her at the height of her beauty is somewhat jarring, as is the sheer wattage of her star power. Having Lindsay Lohan try to play her just shows how much we've lost. Based on the John O'Hara novel, Taylor plays a vivacious party girl who gets involved with a cynical, married man (an acidic Lawrence Harvey), while trying to maintain her friendship with a humble composer (then husband Eddie Fisher). It's a little slow in the plot arena, but Taylor, who won an Oscar, is great, although she has no chemistry with the rather dull Fisher and she apparently was not a fan of the movie or the role. Her character is like harder edged, more sensual Holly Golighlty. The ending is changed from the book. A little dated, but worth watching for Taylor.
This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”
For its time it was probably very sophisticated and bold, but now it seems a bit silly. Its kind of the end of the 50s and you can see more serious film making that deals seriously with adult themes trying to break through.
"I was the slut of all time!"
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