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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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The original title of "Sabrina Fair" was reinstated in the UK due to well known TV personality, Sabrina (real name Norma Sykes) who became an icon simply by appearing on The Arthur Askey Show (1961). Askey, at little over 5 feet tall got huge laughs just by standing next to the statuesque Sabrina, whose substantial bosom became her trade mark, never spoke any lines. The film distributors thought the momentary stardom of the Rubenesque Sabrina in the UK would mislead British audiences. See more »

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Near the beginning of the film, when Linus is explaining his plastic to David, he holds a lighter to the piece of plastic and brags that it cannot scorch. However, as he turns the plastic over, a giant black spot is visible where the plastic was scorched. In the next shot, the spot on presumably the same piece of plastic has disappeared. See more »

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[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 Gilmore Girls: But Not as Cute as Pushkin (2004) See more »

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Out of Nowhere
(uncredited)
Music by Johnny Green
Played at the first Larrabee party when Sabrina is in the tree
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One of the best romantic comedies
19 September 2003 | by perfectbondSee all my reviews

The romantic comedy genre isn't one I usually gravitate towards but since it did star two of my all time favorite actors, Bogart and Holden, it was required viewing for me. I enjoyed the movie immensely despite some issues I had with the plausibility of Sabrina's transformation. The film is moving, thanks mostly to Linus's restrained courting and Sabrina's relationship with her father, and there are wonderful comic moments, thanks to Holden's perfectly timed wise quips and lighthearted nature which clash with the senior Larabee's pragmatism. Hepburn is as charming here as she is in Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany's. The ending makes perfect sense given David's commitment problems and the fact that in my opinion Elizabeth seems more alluring than Sabrina, though our heroine is perfect for Linus. Terrific film, 9/10.


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Release Date:

15 October 1954 (USA) See more »

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$2,238,813 (estimated)
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