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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 »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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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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Budget:

$5,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Script was originally envisioned as a Kim Novak vehicle, until she had a falling out with the producer. See more »

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Claire Hewitt, talking to her husband about Danny, says, "He was reciting the Prologue to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in Old English." The language Chaucer wrote in, and that the boy recites in, is Middle English, not Old English. See more »

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Larry Brant: [Noting how Dr. Edward Hewitt has bought one of Laura's paintings, more or less out of sympathy] Look, baby, with a parson and a preacher for a patron, you've got it made. Just think of all those Renaissance cats.
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There's a Wideness in God's Mercy
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Lyrics by Frederick William Faber
Music by Lizzie Shove Tourjée
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Has its moments--but only if you're very patient.
30 September 2007 | by Clothes-OffSee all my reviews

The story in this film is worth telling, but the script seems to take forever to tell it. Lots of explanatory dialogue bogs the film down, and there's really only enough story for maybe a one-hour television drama. One good aspect of it is it would be very easy to make this a one-sided film in which the Big Bad Headmaster (with a Soft Spot) takes away the child of sweet, free-spirited Elizabeth, but Taylor and Burton play their characters in ways that we could sympathize with either of them--or not.

Unfortunately, "or not" is a very distinct possibility. First of all, the boy in question does not exude a persona that's engaging in any way. (And what he does in his first scene certainly does not endear him to the audience.) And secondly, there's nothing really compelling enough about any of the other characters either. (Eva Marie Saint's character would be a possible exception if she had more screen time.) They're just varying degrees of liberal and conservative clichés.

While Vincente Minnelli was really incapable of making a truly awful film, given his talent--and the talent we would see in Taylor and Burton the following year in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?--this can't be seen as anything but a disappointment. But it's not a total failure either. If you're initially interested, Maybe you'll stay with it. If not, you'll be totally bored.

Note: This film gave us the Oscar-winning song, "The Shadow of Your Smile." But none of the characters smile much, so it makes little to no sense when the Studio Singers perform it over the end credits. But it works as a score.


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