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      Butterfield 8

      Released Nov 4, 1960 1h 49m Drama List
      47% Tomatometer 19 Reviews 56% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings A Manhattan call girl (Elizabeth Taylor) has a tragic affair with a rich married man (Laurence Harvey). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jun 01 Buy Now

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      TIME Magazine A sleek and libidinous lingerie meller. Mar 23, 2011 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader It's just about as awful as you'd expect, despite the presence of two first-class screenwriter. Mar 23, 2011 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Under director Daniel Mann's guidance it is an extremely sexy and intimate film, but the intimacy is only skin deep, the sex only a dominating behavior pattern. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Peter Freedman Radio Times Elizabeth Taylor's Oscar-winning performance as an up-market whore with a heart is the chief, if not only, interest of this otherwise weak and dated drama. Rated: 2/5 Sep 9, 2020 Full Review TV Guide Glossy trash with the star at full throttle, it's the quintessental La Liz movie. Rated: 3/4 Mar 23, 2011 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews When viewed today it's a work of considerable dreck, it's badly dated and unappealing. Rated: C May 29, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Red T It's ok enough. The amin issue is the pacing which isn't good overall especially in the first half. Scenes that should take 2 minutes go on for 5-6, Certain plot lines aren't developed enough and are forgotten about because how long other scenes go on for like Taylor & her Mom, Her Mom and her best friend, Harvey's backstory with his wife, and we don't get further detial until he start of the second half which feels really off. The editing is ok enough but this jumps around constantly esepecially in the first half and even when it stays focused on Taylor it never feels like a cohesive flow. It does get more interesting in the second half though and more focused. The cinematography is unforunately just average as well. Mainly because a lot of scenes just don't really contribute to much, have basic camerawork, or are just kind of lifeless despite some memorable lavish set peices and a couple good shots here and there. The acting is just ok either with no one really having much chemistry, charm, or humor. There is some good dialouge here and there but that's it. The music is boring, generic, and forgettable as well and can be underused at times giving this a very dry feeling at times. I felt nothing when she died at the end or Harvey leaving to better himself. It was more interesting than heartbreaking or riveting. I credit that to the nothing special acting and the dry dragged out tone this has on top of a messy first half that makes the second have to overcorrect and throws off the pacing and everything else. Honestly, I can't really recommend this to anyone. Just skip it. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 09/05/23 Full Review CodyZamboni Elizabeth Taylor deserved the Oscar for her tragic performance, in a tale of sad, self destructive people. To Taylor's credit, given all her character's faults , throughout the movie, she still retained my sympathetic rooting interest, for her, to hopefully, find happiness. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 07/28/23 Full Review Russ I'd give this Four Stars for Liz's performance. I heard she had to take the part under her contract but didn't want it. Despite that she's absolutely the best thing about the film and not just for her looks. I have to deduct a star for the rest of this unconvincing melodrama. The problem is the script and the awful performance of Laurence Harvey, who's completely miscast; even the accent is wrong for the character. How the worldy Gloria would have fallen hard for this guy is not credible as nothing about his treatment of her justifies it. I was hoping this would have had a happy ending in Boston but the screenwriters had other ideas. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/11/23 Full Review D M Liz Taylor would not be a star today for sure. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 11/12/22 Full Review Audience Member BUtterfield 8 is a lavish melodrama thanks to some subtle moments in the film like the costume designs and cinematography. What made Butterfield 8 a very astounding film was the incredible acting from the magnificent Elizabeth Taylor. Butterfield 8 is a fascinating film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review steve d I never thought Elizabeth Taylor was much of an actress but she is at leas competent here, nothing else works. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A Manhattan call girl (Elizabeth Taylor) has a tragic affair with a rich married man (Laurence Harvey).
      Director
      Daniel Mann
      Distributor
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Production Co
      Afton-Linebrook
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 4, 1960, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2009
      Runtime
      1h 49m
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