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Butterfield 8 (1960)

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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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Cast

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
George Voskovec
as Dr. Tredman
Tom Aheame
as Bartender
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.

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
Variety
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

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

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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

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