Burton and Taylor

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Richard Laxton
Production: BBC
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 16 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
83 min

No, no, no, I've had enough.

I don't want to be half cut

for the recital.

I couldn't bear that.

- Hello, Pockmark.

- Hello, Lumpy.

Been a good night. We played a blinder!

Mmm. Thank you for coming.

I wasn't sure you would.

How long has it been?

I was trying to remember.

- Five years.

- God.

Yeah, thank heaven for the newspapers!

Oh, Christ, this bloody neck.

I swear, Elizabeth,

at times I'm like a cripple!

I had to do these fight scenes

in Camelot.

Some nights I hardly had the strength

to pull my sword out of its sheath

and wave it around a bit.

How very unlike you, Richard.

Stop it!

You've the mind of a collier!


I'm gonna do King Lear next.

I spoke to a producer

who says he'll back it.

You'll be fantastic.

- Well, I'd better...

- Don't. Stay.

Stay here. Just stay!

Not anything else. Just...

How do you f***, anyway?

You can barely move.

There are ways and means, my love.

Do you remember that train

we took to New York?

We just lay there and let

the rocking of the carriage do the job.

You know, I really should go.

No! No, no, I meant it, Richard.

I meant it!

I'll make some tea

and you can read a book

and then you can sleep.

What's she like?


Your new girlfriend, Sally.

Do you really want to talk about that?

Well, just... What sort of woman is she?

I'm interested.

She's lovely.

Hmm. Good.

Victor's a lawyer.

He's Mexican and he's charming.


Somebody told me she was like Sybil.

My wife Sybil?

Yeah. Your ex-wife.

Who told you that, anyway? She's...

What? What's she like?

- I'm sorry. I...

- Go to your room!

It's 3:


I had an idea about doing another play.

A Coward.

Elizabeth, I swear to God,

if you don't shut up,

I'm gonna climb out of this bed,

get in my car

and drive back to the Dorchester

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