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Sabrina (1954)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 15 October 1954 (USA)
A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur, but it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.

Director:

Billy Wilder

Writers:

Billy Wilder (written for the screen by), Samuel A. Taylor (written for the screen by) (as Samuel Taylor) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Linus Larrabee
Audrey Hepburn ... Sabrina Fairchild
William Holden ... David Larrabee
Walter Hampden ... Oliver Larrabee
John Williams ... Thomas Fairchild
Martha Hyer ... Elizabeth Tyson
Joan Vohs ... Gretchen Van Horn
Marcel Dalio ... Baron St. Fontanel
Marcel Hillaire ... The Professor
Nella Walker ... Maude Larrabee
Francis X. Bushman ... Mr. Tyson
Ellen Corby ... Miss McCardle
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Storyline

Linus and David Larrabee are the two sons of a very wealthy family. Linus is all work -- busily running the family corporate empire with no time for a wife and family. David is all play -- technically employed in the family business but never showing up for work, spending all his time entertaining, and having been married and divorced three times. Sabrina Fairchild is the young, shy, and awkward daughter of the household chauffeur, who has been infatuated with David all her life, but whom David hardly notices till she goes away to Paris for two years and returns an elegant, sophisticated, beautiful woman. Suddenly, she finds she's captured David's attention, but just as she does so, she finds herself also falling in love with Linus, and she finds that Linus is also falling in love with her. Written by Brian C. Madsen <bcmmovies@earthlink.net>

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All's fair in love . . . with Sabrina Fair and her men! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

15 October 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,238,813 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Billy Wilder's last film for Paramount Pictures before his contract ended in 1954. See more »

Goofs

(At about 14:00) While Sabrina is writing her suicide note to Father, we see her hand from two perspectives. From the side, we see Sabrina writing with two fingers on the pen (first and second fingers). From above we see only one finger on the pen (first finger). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sabrina Fairchild: [voiceover] Once upon a time, on the north shore of Long Island, some thirty miles from New York, there lived a small girl on a large estate. The estate was very large indeed, and had many servants. There were gardeners to take care of the gardens, and a tree surgeon on a retainer. There was a boatman to take care of the boats: to put them in the water in the spring, and scrape their bottoms in the winter. There were specialists to take care of the grounds: the outdoor tennis court ...
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Referenced in 'Sunset Blvd.': A Look Back (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

My Ideal
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Music by Richard A. Whiting and Newell Chase
Played on the phonograph in the boat
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Great Cast, Wonderful Direction and Terrific Romance
5 February 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Sabrina (1954)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Insanely delightful romantic-comedy from Billy Wilder about Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn), a chauffeur's daughter who has always loved David Larrabee (William Holden), the son of the man her father works for. When she returns from Paris the youngest son begins to have a thing for her but he's promised to another woman and there's a major deal on the line. Older and much more mature brother Linus (Humphrey Bogart) decides to take Sabrina out until the deal is complete but soon he finds himself falling in love.

Wilder made so many great movies in his career that it's easy to overlook some of the ones that are meerly "good" or very good. SABRINA is a film that often gets overlooked when one discusses the director's career and that's a little shocking because this is an extremely good movie that works on all levels. Not only is the film extremely funny but it's incredibly romantic, charming and the director's master touch is scattered throughout the material. Not to mention you've also got three legends in the picture!

To me the film shows what a brilliant director Wilder was because it's true that the story is pretty much a small fairy tale that Hollywood did every year. There was always some sort of romance dealing with a dreaming girl and an overworked man who put love on the back burner. Wilder's touches throughout the film are obvious and it's really remarkable to see how well this material works. As I said, there are some very funny moments scattered throughout the picture but there's also a bit of intensity because you really do want to see the story work in the favor of the Bogart character. The way Wilder managed to make the romance work so well is a real strong inducator to what type of director he was.

As far as the cast goes, rumor has it that Bogart hated this role and the movie because he felt he was too old to be romancing such a young girl. You know, he was probably right but the film is so well-made and the performances are so great that this here really isn't an issue as you watch the picture. Bogart really comes across well here and he manages to play the broken-hearted quite well. Hepburn is wonderfully charming in a type of role that she is best remembered for. Bogart and Hepburn certainly have a burning chemistry that jumps off the screen. Holden is also extremely funny in his bit as the playboy. There's also some great supporting performances from John Williams, Walter Hampden and Francis X. Bushman.

SABRINA does run on a bit too long but there's still no question that Wilder does a fantastic job, the romance is perfect and the three leads are simply divine.


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