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Director:
Writers:
Martin Ransohoff (story)
Irene Kamp (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
23 June 1965 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
AN ADULT LOVE STORY See more »
Plot:
A free-spirited single mother forms a connection with the wed headmaster of an Episcopal boarding school in California. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Dull, talky soap opera. The scenery and music are beautiful, though See more (47 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elizabeth Taylor ... Laura Reynolds

Richard Burton ... Dr. Edward Hewitt

Eva Marie Saint ... Claire Hewitt

Charles Bronson ... Cos Erickson

Robert Webber ... Ward Hendricks
James Edwards ... Larry Brant

Torin Thatcher ... Judge Thompson

Tom Drake ... Walter Robinson
Douglas Henderson ... Phil Sutcliff (as Doug Henderson)
Morgan Mason ... Danny Reynolds
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Abbey ... (uncredited)
Jan Arvan ... Trustee (uncredited)
Mary Benoit ... Trustee's Wife (uncredited)
Shirley Bonne ... Celebrant #9 (uncredited)
Dusty Cadis ... Trooper (uncredited)
Joan Connors ... Celebrant #7 (uncredited)
Tom Crane ... Walter Robinson (uncredited)
Tom Curtis ... Trustee (uncredited)
Jeff Davis ... Administrator (uncredited)
Colin Drake ... Administrator (uncredited)
Fred Fisher ... Administrator (uncredited)
Mel Gallagher ... Celebrant #4 (uncredited)
Kelton Garwood ... Celebrant #2 (uncredited)

Paul Genge ... Architect (uncredited)
Max Gulak ... Administrator (uncredited)
Ginger Hall ... Administrator's Wife (uncredited)
Harper ... (uncredited)

John Hart ... Trooper (uncredited)

Rex Holman ... Celebrant #1 (uncredited)
April Hyde ... Administrator's Wife (uncredited)
Peter Jackson ... (uncredited)
Peggy Adams Laird ... Celebrant #8 (uncredited)

Pamela Mason ... Ellie (uncredited)
Jimmy Murphy ... Celebrant #3 (uncredited)

Nico ... Dancer at the Party (uncredited)
Jo O'Toole ... (uncredited)

Peter O'Toole ... (voice) (uncredited)
Jean Peaslee ... Administrator's Wife (uncredited)
Douglas Read ... (uncredited)
Diane Sayer ... Celebrant #6 (uncredited)
June Shelley ... Administrator's Wife (uncredited)
Shelly Sidney ... (uncredited)
Eric Sinclair ... Beatnik (uncredited)
Barbara Sommers ... Dancer at the Party (uncredited)
Roscoe Stallworth ... (uncredited)
Anthony Stuart ... Administrator (uncredited)
Carl Studer ... Harold (uncredited)
Olga Valéry ... Administrator's Wife (uncredited)
Sophie Veneck ... Administrator's Wife (uncredited)
Ron Whelan ... Celebrant #5 (uncredited)
Tom White ... Beatnik (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
 
Writing credits
Martin Ransohoff (story)

Irene Kamp (adaptation) &
Louis Kamp (adaptation)

Dalton Trumbo  and
Michael Wilson 

Produced by
John Calley .... associate producer
Martin Ransohoff .... producer
 
Original Music by
Johnny Mandel 
 
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)
 
Film Editing by
David Bretherton 
 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Urie McCleary 
 
Set Decoration by
F. Keogh Gleason  (as Keogh Gleason)
Henry Grace 
 
Costume Design by
Irene Sharaff 
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Ben Kadish .... supervising production executive
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... assistant production manager: MGM (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William McGarry .... assistant director
Lynn Guthrie .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Elizabeth Duquette .... painter: Laura's paintings
Edmund Kara .... sculptor: redwood sculpture
 
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Borden .... wildlife photography
Bernie Abramson .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Armbruster .... conductor
Billy Byers .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano .... musician (uncredited)
Jack Sheldon .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Herb Rosenthal .... title art
Eduardo Tirella .... coordinator of "Big Sur" scene
Kaffe Fassett .... choreographer: dancing sequence (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
117 min | Argentina:118 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:PG | Australia:A (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) | USA:TV-14 | USA:Approved (cut) | West Germany:16 (f)
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Filmed on location on the Central Coast of California, specifically in Big Sur and Monterey.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.96" (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Shadow of Your SmileSee more »

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Dull, talky soap opera. The scenery and music are beautiful, though, 23 January 2011
Author: highwaytourist from United States

This film was designed to take advantage of public curiosity about the recent marriage of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who were kind of the Bragelina of the 1960's. Their star power were enough to make this picture a hit at the box office. Here, Taylor plays a free-spirited beatnik artist and single mother. She lives on the beach in a glamorous "shack" and makes a living as an artist while raising her son. Very touching. Her son, played by Morgan Mason, gets into trouble and winds up being sent to a religious boarding school. The school is run by the Reverend Richard Burton, along with his pretty and supportive but staid wife, Eva Marie Saint. Well, Burton is going through a mid-life crisis and it comes to fruition when he first meets Taylor and is taken by her heavy make-up and "look at my breasts" wardrobes. So he visits her home to help her keep tabs on her son's progress at school and meets some of her beatnik friends, including Charles Bronson, absurdly cast as a hippie sculptor. What happens then? Well, after taking forever to set up the story, Taylor and Burton fall in love and have an affair, to the surprise of no one. In the process, we are treated to the majestic Big Sur beaches and beautiful music, including the Oscar-winning theme song "The Shadow of Your Smile." In fact, the music and seascapes are more interesting than the story and characters, who just talk everything to death while the story drags on in predictable fashion. This would have been a better coffee table book than motion picture. My recommendation? Watch the opening credits and closing credits, which are by far the best parts of the movie.

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