For elite passengers awaiting London-to-U.S. flights, takeoff can't occur soon enough. But then fog rolls in, grounding air traffic. Over the next fateful night, the jet-setters must face problems and not flee them.
The V.I.P.s -- Inclement weather forces a group of wealthy passengers to spend the night in the V.I.P. lounge of the London airport, where they get acquainted and confront their various problems.
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Awaiting at London Airport for a flight to New York, Frances Andros, seen off by her tycoon husband, Paul Andros, plans to leave her spouse for the arms of an aging international playboy, Marc Champselle. Les Mangrum, a self-made Australian businessman traveling with his loyal secretary, Miss Mead, must be in New York the following day to arrange the loan that will help him repel a hostile takeover of his tractor company. Max Buba, a film mogul traveling with starlet Gloria Gritti, must get out of England immediately or face ruinous British income tax. The Duchess of Brighton has taken a job as a hostess at an American holiday resort, thinking she will be able to keep her family estate on her new income. Fog descends and blurs the future for them all, forced now to wait in the airport hotel for morning and fair weather.
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Inclement weather forces a group of wealthy passengers, including a duchess, a movie mogul, and an Australian entrepreneur, to spend the night in the V.I.P. lounge of the London airport. As they get acquainted, they confront their various problems. Oscar-winner Elizabeth Taylor ("Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?") stars in this insightful drama as an American wife about to leave her husband, Richard Burton ("The Spy Who Came in from the Cold," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"), for her lover, Louis Jordan ("Gigi"). Also starring Oscar-winner Maggie Smith ("A Room with a View," "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"), Oscar-winner Orson Welles ("Citizen Kane," "Touch of Evil"), and Rod Taylor ("The Birds," "The Time Machine"). Margaret Rutherford received an Oscar for her supporting role as the troubled Duchess of Brighton.
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