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Butterfield 8
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by Stephen Groenewegen

"Liz Taylor's hair and wardrobe steal the show."
2 stars

I must have been in the right mood when I saw Butterfield 8, because I enjoyed it even when it was plain awful.

The script had some hilariously bad lines, and Lawrence Harvey enunciated everything so carefully, I was aware of all of them. Liz Taylor made a better fist of it (I always forget that she could act). This film is notorious in Oscar folklore for winning Taylor her first Oscar. No one at the time considered the film very good, it was the timing - Taylor received a tracheotomy just
after Oscar ballots were mailed to voters.

Butterfield 8 boasts a likeable supporting cast (including Eddie Fisher as Taylorís caring friend, with whom she shares a refreshingly platonic relationship). The film - despite wanting to be daringly sexy - had a very timid and pious moral ending.

The lasting images are actually Taylor and her costumes and hair. She picked the designers she wanted as a condition of making this MGM contract-fulfilment picture (which - incidentally - she hated). Also memorable are the colours of the various apartments and hotels and clubs.

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8/20/16 Gabriel Decent, emotional performance by Elizabeth Taylor. Everyone else was average. 4 stars
2/26/10 Duncan Stephens Unintenionally funny and strange. Elizabeth Taylor can't act and is totally overrated. 1 stars
7/14/06 Lynne melodramatic crud, only thing genuine was the Sympathy Oscar 1 stars
7/01/06 Edward Weak story. Lot of emotional scenes but simply acted out. Not academy award quality. 3 stars
10/31/05 Mike "I loved it, every awful moment of it I loved!" 5 stars
11/07/04 fred Slumming with superb style! 5 stars
9/13/04 Richard a real feel good movie....after gloria's , mines pretty good. 4 stars
8/20/04 Barbara Hermann Poor Mildred Dunnock who was the original Linda Loman. 4 stars
12/28/03 John Books Great novel ... mostly pathetic flick. Liz had nice breasts though. 2 stars
6/01/03 Andrew Enjoyable for what it is, film students for Taylor's performance and depicting 60s morality 4 stars
10/24/02 Charles Tatum Soap opera fluff 2 stars
7/23/02 Ramzy no comment 5 stars
6/13/02 Donald Duck Intense performance by Elizabeth Taylor in a well-deserved Oscar Win 5 stars
2/01/02 R.W. Welch Pretty trite, but at least you can look at Liz in her heyday. 3 stars
1/05/02 Donald Casey A very effective and emotionally charged performance by Elizabeth Taylor 5 stars
7/13/00 Tom One of my guilty pleasures 4 stars
4/17/00 Alexis SLoane sucked 1 stars
2/25/00 Bozo Liz was gorgeous, just standing in a doorway in a slip & heels 4 stars
1/03/00 Donald Elizabeth Taylor, WOW. Movie - ouch! 4 stars
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