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The Sandpiper (1965)

TV-14 | | Drama | 23 June 1965 (USA)
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A free-spirited single mother forms a connection with the wed headmaster of an Episcopal boarding school in California.

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

Martin Ransohoff (story), Irene Kamp (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Laura Reynolds
Richard Burton ... Dr. Edward Hewitt
Eva Marie Saint ... Claire Hewitt
Charles Bronson ... Cos Erickson
Robert Webber ... Ward Hendricks
James Edwards ... Larry Brant
Torin Thatcher ... Judge Thompson
Tom Drake ... Walter Robinson
Douglas Henderson Douglas Henderson ... Phil Sutcliff (as Doug Henderson)
Morgan Mason Morgan Mason ... Danny Reynolds
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Storyline

Twenty-something Laura Reynolds is a free spirit who questions social conventions, laws and regulations. A struggling artist, she lives in a secluded beach-side cabin in Big Sur with her nine year old illegitimate son, Danny, on who she has instilled her values. Because of this questioning of convention, Laura has decided to home school Danny. Also because of this questioning of the law, Danny runs into some legal problems, and as such is court ordered to be sent to San Simeon, a Christian school in Monterey. This order is against Laura's wishes. The school's headmaster is Dr. Rev. Edward Hewitt, who tries to convince Laura that San Simeon is not the prison she probably believes it to be. Married for twenty-one years to his faithful wife Claire, Edward has become more a fund-raiser at all cost (for a new chapel) rather than an educator or priest. Despite their differences, Laura and Edward begin to fall for each other. Both but especially Edward have to reconcile their feelings for ... Written by Huggo

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AN ADULT LOVE STORY See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flight of the Sandpiper See more »

Filming Locations:

Monterey, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$15,260,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,520,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the last of the many films Vincente Minnelli directed for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Although it was a big money-maker, it is generally regarded as his worst film. See more »

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Closing scene - kelp in the ocean near the shore repeatedly disappears and reappears. See more »

Quotes

Laura Reynolds: [Edward is looking at Laura's watercolor ideas for the future chapel's stained glass windows] You don't like them.
Dr. Edward Hewitt: On the contrary, I like them very much. All the charm and wonder of a child's vision of creation. But there's one thing missing.
Laura Reynolds: God?
Dr. Edward Hewitt: No, man.
Laura Reynolds: I left him out.
Dr. Edward Hewitt: Why?
Laura Reynolds: Well, I... I wanted the world to be innocent and it can't be with man in it. You see, this is the universe before man came along.
Dr. Edward Hewitt: It won't do. Man is essential to any concept of the universe. Without him the universe ...
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The Shadow of Your Smile
Words by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Johnny Mandel
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Burton is enchanting, Taylor beautiful
5 July 2002 | by JuguAbrahamSee all my reviews

Taylor's physical allure is best captured by the wooden sculpture done by Kara for the film. Burton reprises a similar role to his magnificent one of a defrocked priest in "Night of Iguana"--only here he is not eventually defrocked. Burton is superb at showing internal turmoil and it is a shame that so many good performances, many of which were nominated for an Oscar (7 in all), were all bypassed by the Academy.

Minnelli must have cast Burton for the role after Huston's success with Burton in "Iguana". Taylor's agnostic rebellious life and Burton's religious moral life explode on contact and tower over all the other actors in this movie. Though Minnelli is respected for his direction, this effort of his will not be considered a major work.

Eva Marie Saint's role is elegant but not developed beyond the obvious--where are her sons mentioned in the dialogues? What's her relationship with them? Minnelli obviously took interest in the main plot, not the subplots--which is strange for an accomplished director.

The screenplay at times is very strong, e.g., with Burton's clever intonations of his repartees quoting the "Book of Proverbs" and the young child innocently reciting Chaucer in "Olde English". In retrospect the film had good tools: a good script and a good cast. But the tools in the hands of Minnelli did not sculpt a great Kara statue.


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