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Sabrina (1954)

Not Rated | | 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.

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Billy Wilder

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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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Taglines:

. . . the chauffeur's daughter who learned her stuff in Paris! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

15 October 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Сабрина See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,238,813 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,000,000, 31 January 2004
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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This was the second film in a row where Audrey Hepburn gets her hair cut as a symbol of maturity. The first was in Roman Holiday (1953). It is also the first of four films in a row where she'd play a character romantically linked with a man old enough to be her father. See more »

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In the boardroom scene at the end, when Linus is standing in front of the window, Harborside Terminal in Jersey City is visible. Once he leaves the room, this very large building disappears from the background. 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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Soundtracks

Isn't It Romantic?
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Sung by an unidentified male singer during the first Larrabee party
Whistled by David while driving in the car
Played when Sabrina and Linus are dancing
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A rich playboy and his more serious and older brother becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur.
23 September 2011 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Immensely charming comedy set among the Long Island homes in which a Cinderella-type role gets closely involved with the wealthy Larrabies .While she was growing up, Sabrina Fairchild (Audrey Hepburn's suitable charming), the chauffeur's (John Williams) daughter , spent more time perched in a tree than she ever did on solid ground watching the Larrabee family , one of the US wealthiest families and she covets the dissolute David (William Holden).As she is the chauffeur's daughter on their lavish Long Island estate . Sabrina was invisible behind the branches, but she knew them all below... There is Oliver Larrabee (Walter Hampden), the modern patriarch of the Larrabee Corporation; Linus Larrabee (Bogart), the serious older son who expanded a successful family business into the world's largest business company; and dashing David, the handsome, fun-loving Larrabee, who was the center of Sabrina's world and still harbors feelings for her crush: a carefree playboy, but not before his business-focused brother has something to say about it.. Until she was shipped off to Paris and she blossoms into a swan . After two years stay on Paris, she has just returned from a French cooking school managed by a likable cooker (Marcel Dalio) . Sabrina has gone back to the Larrabee estate, but now she has blossomed into a beautiful and sophisticated woman. Linus decides to trans Sabrina's affections from his feckless brother David to himself in order to protect a business merger . But also David falls in love for Sabrina . Then enter older brother Linus who plays a risked game when he proposes to entice Sabrina from David taker her back to Paris and dump her.

Amusing and funny movie based on the play ¨Sabrina fair ¨ by Samuel Taylor . This romantic comedy is intelligently and pleasingly written to gives us lots of fun , laughters and smiles . The hit of the show is undoubtedly Audrey Hepburn who gives one of the best screen acting as ugly duckling having undergone a remarkable change ; Holden seems more relaxed and sympathetic than usual and of course Humprey Bogart is awesome as grumpy older brother and workaholic business mogul . Emotive and romantic musical score by the classic Friedrich Hollander and atmospheric black and white cinematography by Charles Lang . This slick, smooth comedy is stunningly written and directed by the genius Billy Wilder . It belongs his first and better period during the 40s and 50s when realized sensational and acerbic films as ¨Double indemnity¨, ¨Ace in the hole¨ , ¨Sunset Boulevard¨, ¨Stalag 17¨ and ¨Seven year itch¨ ; subsequently in the 60s and 70s he realized nice though unsuccessful movies as ¨Buddy buddy¨,¨Fedora¨ , ¨Front page¨and ¨Secret life of Sherlock Holmes¨. Rating : Above average , essential and indispensable watching ; extremely funny and riveting film and completely entertaining . It justly deserves its place among the best romantic comedy ever made . It's the kind of movie where you know what's coming but , because the treatment , enjoy it all the same .

This fairy tale is remade in 1995 in inferior version directed by Sidney Pollack with Harrison Ford (Bogart's role) , Julia Ormond (Hepburn's character) and Greg Kinnear (William Holden) .


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