Butterfield 8 (1960)



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Movie Info

Elizabeth Taylor won an Oscar for her performance as Gloria, a pill-popping prostitute careening between sordid affairs and tortured by her conflicts between morality and desire. In a desperate search for love and acceptance, she hopelessly falls for a married man (Laurence Harvey) who will never leave his family behind. Based on the novel by John O'Hara.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Schnee, John Michael Hayes, John O'Hara
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 19, 2000
MGM Home Entertainment


as Gloria Wandrous

as Weston Liggett

as Emily Liggett

as Steve Carpenter

as Mrs. Wandrous

as Mrs. Fanny Thurber

as Bingham Smith

as Bartender

as Dr. Tredman

as Mrs. Jescott

as Elevator Man

as Chauffeur

as Photographer

as State Trooper

as Doorman

as Tipsy Man

as Policeman

as Bartender

as Big Man

as Irate Woman

as Messenger
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Critic Reviews for Butterfield 8

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

A sleek and libidinous lingerie meller.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

It's just about as awful as you'd expect, despite the presence of two first-class screenwriter.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Once thought of as racy and adventurous in its treatment of sex, this turgid nonsense about a high-class whore with love in her heart has dated atrociously.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The dialogue is rough. Let's say O'Harrowing. And the ending is absurd. But so is most of it for that matter. It's the living it up that gets you in this film.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Glossy trash with the star at full throttle, it's the quintessental La Liz movie.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Butterfield 8

A glamourous Liz Taylor is a rebel of a lass in this (slightly controversial at the time) story, parts were enjoyable, none of it relatable and all very glamourised for such a lifestyle.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

When kept in perspective (it was late 50's early 60's) it's quite a bold film (in regard to subject matter) about a girl who is looking for love in all the wrong places.

It is also a rather sad story about how when you go too far down one "path" in life, it isn't always easy to choose another. And even if you are able...you may start down the new (and better) "path" with a bad case of poison oak from the first "path".

An impressive performance by Elizabeth Taylor. though I feel the Oscar was given to her just as much for the impressive (and Oscar nominated) string of solid films that she had made up to that point, as it was for this film in particular.

Robert C

Super Reviewer

With lines like a comedy ridiculing this genre played straight, it took an act of will to stomach this garbage, this trash, about trash. Maybe its better than I give it credit for ... but noooooo.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

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