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The Sandpiper (1965)

TV-14 | | Drama | 23 June 1965 (USA)
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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From the beginning, they knew it was wrong...but nothing could keep them apart! 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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2.35 : 1
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William Wyler was originally announced as director. 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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Laura Reynolds: [they're on the beach, along the Big Sur] I feel as alone as Robinson Crusoe. Even with the footprints of a man beside me.
Dr. Edward Hewitt: You should always have a man's footprints beside you, Laura.
Laura Reynolds: How do you know I haven't always?
Dr. Edward Hewitt: Because you're afraid of them...
Laura Reynolds: But I'm not as afraid as you think.
Dr. Edward Hewitt: Do you think that one of these days Danny's going to feel somehow that you robbed him of a father?
Laura Reynolds: Well, that's a chance I'm gonna' have to take. Do you know something? If I were a devoted widow, and Danny's ...
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Referenced in Legacy of the Hollywood Blacklist (1987) See more »

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The Shadow of Your Smile
Words by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Johnny Mandel
Performed by Jack Sheldon
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The Soap-Wiper
9 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Richard Burton dials down the angst quotient from his previous year's role as a defrocked priest in "Night of the Iguana", and Elizabeth Taylor begins warming up for her later role as Kate in "Taming of the Shrew". The music and the scenery make the film compelling enough to watch, but the psychological and theological ramblings are strictly for the soap lover. Eva Marie Saint, as the hurt wife, has a few good scenes but not nearly enough to salvage the drama. And it's fun to see a young Charles Bronson in a beatnik role. The whole effort ranks several notches above "The VIP's" and other Burton-Taylor vehicles but all in all, "The Sandpiper" is a long boring day at the beach.


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