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Up the Sandbox (1972)

A bored housewife takes refuge in a fantasy world.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ariane Heller ...
Terry Smith ...
Gary Smith ...
Jane Hoffman ...
John C. Becher ...
Mr. Koerner
Jacobo Morales ...
Dr. Beineke
Dr. Keglin (as George Irving)
Pearl Shear ...
Aunt Till
Joseph Bova ...
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 »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

18 April 1973 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

A Mulher das Mil Caras  »

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Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Star Barbra Streisand said of this film around the time the movie was made and released: "This story interests me more than anything else I've ever done. It's a departure from the romances, slapstick comedies, and musicals I have worked on up till now". 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 »


Referenced in Massage Parlor Murders! (1973) See more »


Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Heard at the merry-go-round
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An overlooked gem!
15 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is a film that has been sorely ignored by both Streisand fans and the movie-going public in general. SANDBOX is a comedy/drama that deals with the condition of the neglected housewives of the seventies. Streisand is absolutely wonderful in the lead. If this film had been seen by a wider audience, then you can bet she would have received an Oscar nomination.

Although the frequent fantasy/daydream scenes are somewhat uneven in quality, Streisand's touching and believable performance will keep you glued.

When originally released in 1972, SANDBOX was lost in the shadow of Streisand's blockbuster WHAT'S UP, DOC? (released the same year). >

UP THE SANDBOX deserves to be rediscovered on video. Give it a try.

My score: 8 out of 10.

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