X, Y & Zee (1999)
X, Y & Zee (1999)
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Elizabeth Taylor and Susannah York both turn in performances that fully capture the excellently conceived characters of Edna O'Brien's original screenplay.
One of those follies that everyone involved (especially writer Edna O'Brien) must look back on with cringing embarrassment.
The movie in this case is no masterpiece, but audiences are having fun at it because it unzips along at a nice, vulgar clip.
Given free rein by the director, Taylor is clearly having fun with the part. The story alone isn't much, but, inflated by the Taylor hurricane, the movie works as an incredible portrait of a marriage on the rocks.
With lifeless direction and the acting talent all appearing to have off days, this frivolous nonsense makes for depressing viewing.
Audience Reviews for X, Y & Zee
Middling drama that doesn't really take advantage of its trio of stars. Liz is stuck in harridan mode again.
Brilliant and incredible acting by Caine/Taylor/York. A really wild ride that depicts desperate people in a embarressing yet necessary situation. Well done and worth it.
A dysfunctional marriage deals with the "other" woman. For those that like Liz Taylor and Michael Caine, this could not be more "fun". Michael Caine tires of Liz Taylor in their marriage and openly suits Susannah York, an attractive blonde dress designer with two twin boys.
[img]http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTia83mjANizmToPzWf9qo1_WtgHMKk1tD76773UWUKwAWvf76X[/img] Things get pretty nasty early in the film
The film starred Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Caine as a middle-aged, bickering couple whose marriage is on its last legs, and Susannah York as the woman who comes between them. Margaret Leighton was also featured in a supporting role as a dizzy socialite.
Here is a clip from an early part of the film when Taylor knows York is seeing her husband in an early phase of their relationship:
I found this one captivating, if not for the story but for Michael Caine and Liz Taylor scratching each other's eyes out. A date is arranged to bring a new woman into Caine's life but Liz Taylor as wife is there to witness it.
Recommended for bickering married couples or those that wish to become one. Better film than most for me and fun to watch for the costuming and lifestyles of the era, the early seventies.
[img]http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSZOlk4-wSZQC_GuIESRFIKdSKQFI60hqmuol7v3kYIUcrcSbrNlw[/img] York and Taylor at York's dress shop
The title X is for Caine, Y is for York and ZEE is Liz Taylor's name in the film. The title is a concise summation of the film since its about these three poor souls caught up in an agonizing love triangle.
The most NOT credible parts of the film arise from the three going to dinner, meeting at Caine's home with Taylor present, things like that. Taylor is spewing nasty dialog throughout the film and Caine fires back equally witty or appropriate responses.
This film takes extra-marital relationships to a whole new level. But for the sake of watching it IS interesting and not ever boring for those interested in a drama.
1 Roger Ebert said that while the movie is "no masterpiece" it still satisfies audiences as it "unzips along at a nice, vulgar clip".
2 Michael McWilliams cited Taylor's work as "her greatest movie performance" and called the film "outrageously funny" .
3 Leonard Maltin said the film was "contrived [and] often perverse," with the Elizabeth Taylor/Susannah York love scene ranking "high in the annals of poor taste,"
Elizabeth Taylor - Zee Blakeley
Michael Caine - Robert Blakeley
Susannah York - Stella
Margaret Leighton - Gladys
John Standing - Gordon
Mary Larkin - Rita
Michael Cashman - Gavin
Gino Melvazzi - Head Waiter
Brian G. Hutton
Alan Ladd Jr
21 January 1972
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