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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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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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"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)  »

Also Known As:

Almas en conflicto  »

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

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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Vincente Minnelli originally wanted Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr to repeat their From Here to Eternity (1953) chemistry before offering it to the Burtons. See more »

Goofs

In a beach scene, Laura is shown sketching on a drawing pad. In shots facing her, she is always holding the pad up with her left hand. In shots facing Edward, the pad is propped up against some driftwood. At one point she is lying face down, with both elbows in the sand, her left hand on her head and sketching with her right. When the camera angle changes, she is suddenly partially raised up on one side, facing Edward. The drawing pad is flat on the sand with a rock in the middle of it. See more »

Quotes

Judge Thompson: [Danny has shot a wild deer for no apparent reason] If you didn't mean to do it, why did you?
Danny Reynolds: I guess I wanted to find out what the fun was.
Judge Thompson: [confused] "Fun"?
Danny Reynolds: My mother says, that men are the only animals that kill for fun.
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Referenced in Scrooged (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

There's a Wideness in God's Mercy
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Frederick William Faber
Music by Lizzie Shove Tourjée
Sung by the boys at the final church service
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What a beautiful film...
18 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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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