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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good !
Despite being ridiculed by Taylor herself (who received excellent reviews for her role) this cleaned up adaptation of John O'Hara's seedy tale of nymphomania and prostitution works well as a full blown melodrama. The bold colours and CinemaScope format are well produced on this double sided disc that gives both full frame and pan and scanned versions. Taylor is radiant...
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting idea, but the stars lack chemistry
Elizabeth Taylor won an Academy Award for her performance as the wild Gloria Wandrous (wandering? wondrous? both?) in this movie, and it does get off to a good start -- the scene of her waking up in the strange bedroom, drinking, looking for a cigarette butt, stealing the coat, and writing on the mirror is all very arresting, and she looks fetching in the camisole too...
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting idea, but the stars lack chemistry, 28 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: Butterfield 8 [DVD] [1960] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Elizabeth Taylor won an Academy Award for her performance as the wild Gloria Wandrous (wandering? wondrous? both?) in this movie, and it does get off to a good start -- the scene of her waking up in the strange bedroom, drinking, looking for a cigarette butt, stealing the coat, and writing on the mirror is all very arresting, and she looks fetching in the camisole too! But as soon as characters start to speak and interact, we're in trouble. The script has tonal problems, and the serious and the humorous (Gloria's mother's friend) aren't well matched, but worst of all is the lack of chemistry between Taylor and Laurence Harvey. Both Taylor and Harvey can act and have done well in other movies, but they seem not credible here. It might be that they can't bring a dull script to life, but whatever . . . it doesn't work.

The premise for the story is more interesting than the movie itself. Two transgressive characters, played by Harvey and Taylor, seem totally unsympathetic at first, but as the movie goes on, we come to learn that behind their bad behavior lie causes and choices that have made them come to a point of despising themselves. In Gloria's case, the source of her promiscuity lies in events beyond her control; Weston Liggett, Harvey's character, has made a bad choice and has come to realize that the life he has chosen is wrong for him -- basically, he married for security, a job in his wife's father's company. Each of them struggles to become a better person, and as the movie progresses and we realize that, they win our sympathy to some extent. If only they acted as if the believed in what they were doing!

The ending is melodramatic and unnecessary. One wonders if the makers of the film felt that in 1960 a woman like Gloria had to be punished in some way for stepping outside the societal norms? Since her bad behavior is rooted in an earlier trauma, one might have thought that a different ending was possible -- and I don't mean a "happy-ever-after" one, just one that showed us Gloria with a chance of turning her life around, which she seems to be on the point of doing before the car chase (I'm trying to avoid spoilers, obviously!). I come back to the lack of chemistry, though -- I've read that Taylor didn't want to do the movie but was contractually obligated. Even her interactions with Eddie Fisher, her real-life romance at the time, are pretty tame.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Butterfield 8 - Spanish DVD edition/una mujer marcada, 23 April 2014
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Mr. L. Moreland (Winnersh,Berks, UK) - See all my reviews
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There are too many confusing/conflicting reviews on this page and all different versions seems to be lumped together in the review. This is specifically for the Spanish import.

Firstly, being region 2, it will play on UK DVD players. The price is cheap (even cheaper if bought on amazon.es). Although the picture is shown as widescreen, unfortunately it is shown as a small strip but has black Borders all around. The Spanish subtitles are underneath the actual picture but cannot be turned off. The picture quality is watchable but not great. The menu has just 2 options, watch the film in Spanish, or English with Spanish subtitles.

The story of Liz Taylor as a 'good time girl' is very good and of it's time and of course Liz looks fantastic and so is the acting. Five stars for the film but not for this particular version. Good enough for a one off watch or for completists wanting a region 2 version, but certainly not worth buying for any serious film/Liz Taylor aficionado.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good !, 22 Oct. 2014
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Adrian Drew (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Butterfield 8 [DVD] [1960] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Despite being ridiculed by Taylor herself (who received excellent reviews for her role) this cleaned up adaptation of John O'Hara's seedy tale of nymphomania and prostitution works well as a full blown melodrama. The bold colours and CinemaScope format are well produced on this double sided disc that gives both full frame and pan and scanned versions. Taylor is radiant and Harvey more than adequate in all but the final three minutes of the film. There unfortunately he totally lack conviction in delivering the platitudinous ending and spoils what up to then has been a surprisingly effective yarn! Recommended - with qualifications.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars DIAL AT YOUR OWN RISK..., 2 Dec. 2002
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Lawyeraau (Balmoral Castle) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Butterfield 8 [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Based upon the John O'Hara novel of the same name, this film won Elizabeth Taylor an Oscar in 1960 for Best Actress. Not bad, considering that this, her last film for MGM, was a film in which she had not wanted to act.
Ms. Taylor plays a beautiful young woman, Gloria Wandrous, with serious self-esteem problems that lead her to live a life of cheap thrills. By day a dress model, by night a bon vivant, Gloria is a professional escort gotten by dialing Butterfield 8, loving and leaving so many men that she is regarded as being nothing more than a tramp. She is outwardly a bad girl with a good girl buried inside. Her childood friend, Steve (Eddie Fisher), is supportive of her and believes that she has more to offer the world than pure, unadulterated sex, while her mother (Mildred Dunnock) is in serious denial about her daughter's escapades.
When Gloria meets Weston Liggett (Laurence Harvey), an unhappily married attorney who has his own issues, she undergoes a change of heart as she falls in love with him. He, too, falls in love with her. Alas, the path of true love never seems to run smoothly. Their romance is no exception.
Laurence Harvey does a good job as Liggett, a man who struggles with his pride for having married his wealthy wife, Emily (Dina Merrill), whose family has him on a golden leash. Dina Merrill is quite good as Emily, but her role is terribly dated. She plays it as if she were a Stepford wife, a good little woman who will patiently wait until her husband stops boozing it up and whoring around. Her scene with her mother on this very issue, in which her mother congratulates her on her wisdom, is enough to make the viewer laugh.
Eddie Fisher, who was cast as Steve by means of being married at the time to Liz Taylor, displays zero talent as an actor. In fact, so uncharismatic is he on screen that he leaves the viewer wondering what it was that Elizabeth Taylor ever saw in him in real life. Susan Oliver, who credibly plays the role of Steve's girfriend, is made up to resemble Debbie Reynolds in order to capitalize on the Hollywood scandal of the time that saw Eddie Fisher leave his wife and children for Elizabeth Taylor. In fact, I took a double take when I first saw Ms. Oliver come on screen, so obvious was it that she was made to look like Ms. Reynolds. Talk about bottom feeding!
This is a film that is a curiosity piece at best, filled with what passed at the time as sophisticated repartee. While Ms. Taylor does a decent job with the role of Gloria, the film is so dated as to be almost laughable. Still, fans of Ms. Taylor will enjoy seeing her at her most beautiful.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Butterfield 8 DVD, 17 April 2012
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This review is from: Butterfield 8 [DVD] [1960] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Elizabeth Taylor stars in this film, and as a fan I think its one of her best roles, as it requires acting a part not relying on her gorgeous looks, and playing an unsympathetic character. Its top quality acting and the plot is simple but has a beginning middle and end which is a nice change. She looks as ever totally beautiful throughout. Really recommend.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Surprise Oscar for Elizabeth Taylor, 28 Aug. 2003
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Peter Kenney (Birmingham, Alabama, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Butterfield 8 [VHS] (VHS Tape)
BUTTERFIELD 8 is a screen adaptation of John O'Hara's earlier novel made to look modern for a 1960's audience. Elizabeth Taylor plays a promiscuous girl who wants to settle down with a respectable Laurence Harvey. Unfortunately Harvey is married to a wealthy woman (Dina Merrill). Taylor's friend Eddie Fisher watches the inevitable tragedy slowly unfold. The rest of the cast includes Mildred Dunnock, Betty Field and Susan Oliver. The movie drags in spots and many of the characters lack depth.
Elizabeth Taylor received an unexpected Academy Award for her role and the film was also nominated for Best Color Cinematography. The main competition for Oscars in 1960 came from ELMER GANTRY and THE APARTMENT.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally got it!, 15 Sept. 2014
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sonia "Say something about yourself!" (Manor Park, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Butterfield 8 [DVD] [1960] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
This, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Who's Afraid of Virgina Wolf is Elizabeth Taylor at her very best but I love, love, love her in Butterfield 8. I've read that she hated making this film but it's Elizabeth at her sultry and vulnerable best and a well deserved Oscar. I tried for over 3 years to get this on DVD and was thrilled when I finally got it. Well worth it for me.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, 8 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Butterfield 8 [DVD] [1960] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Ignore the 1 star reviews. They were posted by people who clearly have learning difficulties when it comes to online shopping. It is region 1 so you will need a multi-region player to view in Europe or opt to buy the Spanish Import version.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars butterfield 8, 17 April 2012
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I am very dissappointed that I could not play it on my DVD player, nor could the person that I sent it to as a present. How do I address this problem?
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars butterfield 8, 27 Feb. 2012
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Ws a gift for my mum. Didnt read the small print and didnt realise it couldnt be played on uk plAyer, so had to return it. Disappointed.
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