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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.

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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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"You told her about me? How could you tell anyone about me...much less your own wife?" See more »

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23 June 1965 (USA)  »

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Almas en conflicto  »

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$5,300,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Vincente Minnelli originally wanted But Lancaster and Deborah Kerr to repeat their " From Here to Eternity " chemistry before offering it to the Burtons. See more »

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The tie of the judge, as he stands talking to Laura, is straight inside his jacket. As the camera angle changes, the bottom of his tie is shown crumpled and protruding outside his jacket. See more »

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Dr. Edward Hewitt: What would you do, in my shoes?
Claire Hewitt: Wear them.
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The Shadow of Your Smile
Words by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Johnny Mandel
Performed by Chorus
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This is vintage 60's Hollywood fluff, but it's great fluff.
9 January 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ok, I admit it. I have a guilty affection for this film. It's silly and shallow, but it's got a great performance by Richard Burton, and a pretty good one by Elizabeth Taylor. It's also gorgeously filmed in Big Sur country, and has an evocative soundtrack. "The Sandpiper" was filmed at the height of the Burton/Taylor mania. Richard plays a minister who runs an exclusive boys academy, and Liz plays the free-thinking artist mother who's son (Morgan Mason, James Mason's son) does some deer hunting out of season. The boy is sentenced to Burton's school to be saved from his mother's beatnik influence, and as the boy settles into life at the boarding school, Liz falls in love with the married minister Burton. They have a torrid affair, afternoons along the surf, etc., until a jealous colleague of Burton's blows the whistle on the pair. Corny, but I still love the movie.


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