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
The film was satirized by artist Mort Drucker and writer Larry Siegel in the March 1966 issue of "Mad" magazine #101 under the title "The Sinpiper." See more »
Closing scene - kelp in the ocean near the shore repeatedly disappears and reappears. See more »
Dr. Edward Hewitt:
I've learned that total adjustment to society is quite as bad as total maladjustment, that principled disobedience of unjust law is more Christian, more truly law abiding than unprincipled respect.
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I absolutely adore this film and cannot wait to get it on DVD. I think that not only the scenery, plot, characters and music make it so lovely, but the strength of the relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton which is so obvious and was happening in real life at the same time. Roll on December, which is when I have been told it is going to be released on to DVD. One of my favourite films and really romantic! Richard Burton is brooding, moody and so strong, and Elizabeth Taylor is such an independent character and yet she loves to be loved too, as long as her wings are not clipped. She is like the sandpiper that she looks after then lets free. A free spirit, just like her son.
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