X, Y and Zee

X, Y and Zee

Director: Brian G. Hutton

Cast: Brian G. Hutton, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine, Susannah York

     
 

More commonly known as Zee & Co., this cautionary tale of extramarital discretions finds a threatened and desperate wife lashing out in order to salvage a faltering marriage. An upper-crust couple living the high-life in post-'60s London, Zee (Elizabeth Taylor) and Robert (Michael Caine) Blakely's love-hate relationship is beginning to leave Robert longing forSee more details below

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More commonly known as Zee & Co., this cautionary tale of extramarital discretions finds a threatened and desperate wife lashing out in order to salvage a faltering marriage. An upper-crust couple living the high-life in post-'60s London, Zee (Elizabeth Taylor) and Robert (Michael Caine) Blakely's love-hate relationship is beginning to leave Robert longing for something more. Setting his sites on unassuming country girl Stella (Susannah York), Zee soon catches on and quickly begins scheming to bring the newfound romance crashing to the ground.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Elizabeth Taylor is back in Virginia Woolf territory in X, Y and Zee, and if the results are ultimately not as memorable, Taylor at least gives her fans their money's worth with her all-out, often vulgar but totally committed performance. Edna O'Brien's screenplay -- which the writer claims was mauled in the filming and editing -- has much more than the requisite number of zingers in its excellently bitchy dialogue; at times, it also almost has something to say about the emptiness of contemporary life and the difficulties people have really relating to each other. But almost is far from enough; without going over the line and actually achieving what it's aiming for, Zee's screenplay comes across as much worse than it actually is, reducing many of its finest thoughts to platitudes and clichés. Still, it does give Taylor that salty, spicy dialogue that she flings about with complete abandon, creating a glorious show in the process. It's not great acting, but it's mesmerizing performing, and it makes the move worth watching. Michael Caine and Susannah York try very hard as the other two sides of the triangle, but they can't keep up with Taylor -- or with the incredible early-'70s settings and costumes, which are a treat all in themselves.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/20/2010
UPC:
0043396373648
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank:
59,628

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Performance Credits
Elizabeth Taylor Zee
Michael Caine Robert
Susannah York Stella
Margaret Leighton Gladys
John Standing Gordon
Mary Larkin Rita
Gino Melvazzi Headwaiter
Michael Cashman Gavin
Julian West Oscar
Hilary West Shaun

Technical Credits
Brian G. Hutton Director
Colin Brewer Asst. Director
Jim Clark Editor
Beatrice Dawson Costumes/Costume Designer
Alex Garfath Makeup
Jaiananda Songwriter
Jay Kanter Producer
Elliott Kastner Executive Producer
Alan Ladd Producer
Dave Lambert Songwriter
John Mayer Songwriter
Peter Mullins Art Director
Stanley Myers Score Composer
Ted Myers Songwriter
Edna O'Brien Screenwriter
Arthur Taksen Set Decoration/Design
Rick Wakeman Songwriter
Billy Williams Cinematographer

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