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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
Ward Hendricks
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Larry Brant
Judge Thompson
Walter Robinson
Douglas Henderson ...
Phil Sutcliff (as Doug Henderson)
Morgan Mason ...
Danny Reynolds


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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Release Date:

23 June 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Almas en conflicto  »

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$5,300,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Sammy Davis Jr. in his film memoir "Hollywood In A Suitcase" he was originally offered the role of Cos Erickson and even signed the contract, but had to withdraw owing to an early opening for his "Golden Boy" stage show. See more »


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 »


Dr. Edward Hewitt: What would you do, in my shoes?
Claire Hewitt: Wear them.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.96 (2006) See more »


The Shadow of Your Smile
Words by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Johnny Mandel
Performed by Chorus
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frank and profound thought piece
9 August 2003 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

I liked the movie. Sorry, but the dialogue and themes are not shallow; they are profound. It is just that we like to avoid facing such deep concepts. This is a movie that dares put forth the idea of atheism, and so therefore it is much deeper that most other movies. How can most of the fluff that comes out today be compared to The Sandpiper.

Furthermore, the dialogue concerning personal feelings is also profound and touches upon feelings the vast vast majority of movies never approach.

Good movie, but be prepared for deliberately provocative themes.

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