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Up the Sandbox (1972)

A bored housewife takes refuge in a fantasy world.

Director:

Irvin Kershner

Writers:

Paul Zindel (screenplay), Anne Richardson Roiphe (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbra Streisand ... Margaret Reynolds
David Selby ... Paul Reynolds
Ariane Heller Ariane Heller ... Elizabeth Reynolds
Terry Smith Terry Smith ... Peter
Gary Smith Gary Smith ... Peter
Jane Hoffman Jane Hoffman ... Mrs. Koerner
John C. Becher John C. Becher ... Mr. Koerner
Jacobo Morales Jacobo Morales ... Fidel Castro
Paul Benedict ... Dr. Beineke
George S. Irving ... Dr. Keglin (as George Irving)
Pearl Shear Pearl Shear ... Aunt Till
Carl Gottlieb ... Vinnie
Joseph Bova Joseph Bova ... John
Mary Louise Wilson ... Betty
Marilyn Curtis Marilyn Curtis ... Judy
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Storyline

A young wife and mother, bored with day-to-day life in New York City and neglected by her husband, slips into increasingly outrageous fantasies: her mother breaking into the apartment, an explorer's demonstration of tribal fertility music at a party causing strange transformations, and joining terrorists to plant explosives in the Statue of Liberty. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 April 1973 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher das Mil Caras See more »

Filming Locations:

Samburu National Reserve, Kenya See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie stars Barbra Streisand and was directed by Irvin Kershner who later directed S*P*Y*S (1974) staring' Elliott Gould'. Streisand and Gould were once married. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Koerner: There's plenty of room around here for the right kind of people.
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Crazy Credits

Most of the opening titles are shown over a close-up shot of an infant's buttocks. See more »

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Referenced in Massage Parlor Murders! (1973) See more »

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Beautfiul Dreamer
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Written by Stephen Foster
Sung at the anniversary party
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Unknown Streisand?
28 April 2006 | by JasparLamarCrabbSee all my reviews

Probably the best Barbra Streisand movie nobody has ever seen, director Irvin Kershner's expose of urban angst is funny and sad but ultimately uplifting. Streisand plays a NYC housewife, sick to death of her disengaged husband, impossible mother, and overall lack of confidence. She finds release in fantasies: one moment she's frolicking with a very surprising Fidel Castro and the next she's helping to blow up the Statue of Liberty. Streisand has rarely been better. Director Kershner gets a very toned down performance out of her. David Selby, as the husband, is duly caddish and Paul Benedict, Conrad Bain and Isabel Sanford have small roles. Benedict is particularly funny as an especially inept great white hunter!


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