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Up the Sandbox (1972)

A young wife and mother, bored with day-to-day life in New York City and neglected by her husband, slips into increasingly outrageous fantasies: her mother breaking into the apartment, an ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Reynolds
Ariane Heller ...
Elizabeth Reynolds
Terry Smith ...
Gary Smith ...
Jane Hoffman ...
Mrs. Koerner
John C. Becher ...
Mr. Koerner
Jacobo Morales ...
Dr. Beineke
George S. Irving ...
Dr. Keglin (as George Irving)
Pearl Shear ...
Aunt Till
Joseph Bova ...
Mary Louise Wilson ...
Marilyn Curtis ...


A young wife and mother, bored with day-to-day life in New York City and neglected by her husband, slips into increasingly outrageous fantasies: her mother breaking into the apartment, an explorer's demonstration of tribal fertility music at a party causing strange transformations, and joining terrorists to plant explosives in the Statue of Liberty. Written by Anonymous

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What's Barbra up to? Up the marriage trap. Up the revolution. Up the Zambesi River. And up to something surprisingly wonderful. See more »


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Release Date:

18 April 1973 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

A Mulher das Mil Caras  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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This and her 1981 film, "All Night Long" (the only film until "Meet The Fockers" in which she was only a supporting player and NOT the star) each grossed roughly $4 million dollars total, making them her lowest-grossing productions. Despite the box office failure of "Up The Sandbox", it garnered her some of the best personal reviews of her career, up to that time, and is reportedly one of her favorite performances she's given on screen. See more »


Mrs. Koerner: Look at this mess. I don't even wanna put my gloves down anywhere, move to New Jersey, the air is cleaner and nobody writes lesbians unite in the elevator.
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Crazy Credits

Most of the opening titles are shown over a close-up shot of an infant's buttocks. See more »


Featured in The Moviemakers (1972) See more »


Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Heard at the merry-go-round
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"If this is what it's like to be a mother, I turn in my ovaries!"
16 January 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Low-keyed, but nevertheless wicked and funny comedy-drama that sneaks up on you. Barbra Streisand, in terrific comic form, plays a stressed-out, unsatisfied New York housewife afraid of telling her brilliant husband she's pregnant for the third time. The film is made up of her many daydreams, some of which are hilarious (the bit where she enlarges her breasts at a party) and some that meander without much point (the assault on the Statue of Liberty). Nevertheless, Barbra's lovely and is completely at ease in this non-flashy role, just as content to sit and listen to her girlfriends bitch in the park as she is telling off Fidel Castro at a political rally. David Selby is nicely understated as Barbra's husband and Jane Hoffman is a hoot as her meddling mother. I have many favorite lines from this film, but you rent "Up The Sandbox" and discover them for yourself. A minor treat. *** from ****

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