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The Sandpiper (1965)

TV-14 | | Drama | 23 June 1965 (USA)
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A free-spirited single mother forms a connection with the wed headmaster of an Episcopal boarding school in California.

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Complete credited cast:
... Laura Reynolds
... Dr. Edward Hewitt
... Claire Hewitt
... Cos Erickson
... Ward Hendricks
... Larry Brant
... Judge Thompson
... Walter Robinson
Douglas Henderson ... Phil Sutcliff (as Doug Henderson)
Morgan Mason ... Danny Reynolds
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Twenty-something Laura Reynolds is a free spirit who questions social conventions, laws and regulations. A struggling artist, she lives in a secluded beach-side cabin in Big Sur with her nine year old illegitimate son, Danny, on who she has instilled her values. Because of this questioning of convention, Laura has decided to home school Danny. Also because of this questioning of the law, Danny runs into some legal problems, and as such is court ordered to be sent to San Simeon, a Christian school in Monterey. This order is against Laura's wishes. The school's headmaster is Dr. Rev. Edward Hewitt, who tries to convince Laura that San Simeon is not the prison she probably believes it to be. Married for twenty-one years to his faithful wife Claire, Edward has become more a fund-raiser at all cost (for a new chapel) rather than an educator or priest. Despite their differences, Laura and Edward begin to fall for each other. Both but especially Edward have to reconcile their feelings for ... Written by Huggo

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It was the right thing. It was the wrong thing. It was the only thing their hearts would allow. See more »

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23 June 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Almas en conflicto  »

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Budget:

$5,300,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,000,000, 31 January 1970
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Metrocolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Rock Hudson mentioned early on as possible choice for the Richard Burton role. See more »

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Closing scene - kelp in the ocean near the shore repeatedly disappears and reappears. See more »

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Dr. Edward Hewitt: I just want to find out what you want from life, that's all.
Laura Reynolds: Oh, aside from raising Danny, most of all I want to know myself, to be myself. I won't have a chance to do that if I spend my life playing the matrimony game, which was rigged before I was even born.
Dr. Edward Hewitt: "Rigged"?
Laura Reynolds: Of course it's rigged. It always has been. First 20 years of a girl's life, she gets so used to going to the same schools as the boys, taking the same classes, living in the same world with him. She can't get it through that ...
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The Shadow of Your Smile
Words by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Johnny Mandel
Performed by Jack Sheldon
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The Soap-Wiper
9 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

Richard Burton dials down the angst quotient from his previous year's role as a defrocked priest in "Night of the Iguana", and Elizabeth Taylor begins warming up for her later role as Kate in "Taming of the Shrew". The music and the scenery make the film compelling enough to watch, but the psychological and theological ramblings are strictly for the soap lover. Eva Marie Saint, as the hurt wife, has a few good scenes but not nearly enough to salvage the drama. And it's fun to see a young Charles Bronson in a beatnik role. The whole effort ranks several notches above "The VIP's" and other Burton-Taylor vehicles but all in all, "The Sandpiper" is a long boring day at the beach.


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