Butterfield 8


Butterfield 8

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Based on a novel by John O'Hara, this drama stars Elizabeth Taylor as Starr Faithful, a NYC model/call-girl who falls for a married man (Laurence Harvey) and mistakenly assumes that he will leave his wife for her. Taylor received an Academy Award for her intense role and both Joseph Ruttenberg and Charles Harten were nominated for Best Cinematography.

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Elizabeth Taylor
as Gloria Wandrous
Laurence Harvey
as Weston Liggett
Dina Merrill
as Emily Liggett
Eddie Fisher
as Steve Carpenter
Mildred Dunnock
as Mrs. Wandrous
Betty Field
as Mrs. Fanny Thurber
Jeffrey Lynn
as Bingham Smith
Tom Aheame
as Bartender
George Voskovec
as Dr. Tredman
Carmen Mathews
as Mrs. Jescott
Dan Bergin
as Elevator Man
Beau Tilden
as Chauffeur
Don Burns
as Photographer
Richard X. Slattery
as State Trooper
Sam Schwartz
as Doorman
Robert Pastene
as Tipsy Man
Leon B. Stevens
as Policeman
Tom Ahearne
as Bartender
Rudy Bond
as Big Man
Marion Leeds
as Irate Woman
Joseph Boley
as Messenger
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Critic Reviews for Butterfield 8

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

  • A sleek and libidinous lingerie meller.

    Mar 23, 2011 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
    Top Critic
  • It's just about as awful as you'd expect, despite the presence of two first-class screenwriter.

    Mar 23, 2011 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    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.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    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.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Glossy trash with the star at full throttle, it's the quintessental La Liz movie.

    Mar 23, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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
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
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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

So what's this I hear about this film being a piece of trash? Maybe it's just due to Liz Taylor's fascinating sex appeal, but I found Butterfield 8 to be utterly sumptuous. Poor dependable sap Eddie Fisher pulsating with desire for Gloria's touch, but making do with simple Norma's homebody image. Laurence Harvey crusading through entire imaginable emotion on the map - orgasmic ecstasy, contentment, anger, despair, resurrection. And the clothing! The truths! The hysterics! The catfights! This is a film about one woman's effect on an entire community, and wow does Liz Taylor make it unforgettable.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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