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The Sandpiper -- Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton star in this romantic drama about a schoolboy's mother who becomes involved with the married headmaster of a Californian boarding school.
The Sandpiper -- Trailer for this love story


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Release Date:
23 June 1965 (USA) See more »
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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Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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What a beautiful film... See more (43 total) »


  (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)
Crew verified as complete

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117 min | Argentina:118 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:18 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) | USA:TV-14 | USA:Approved (cut) | West Germany:16 (f)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The working title was "The Flight of the Sandpiper" (back of still 1831 x 17).See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Trumbo (2007)See more »
The Shadow of Your SmileSee more »


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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
What a beautiful film..., 18 October 2006
Author: bathwind from United Kingdom

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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