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Up the Sandbox (1972)

A bored housewife takes refuge in a fantasy world.

Director:

Irvin Kershner

Writers:

Paul Zindel (screenplay), Anne Richardson Roiphe (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbra Streisand ... Margaret Reynolds
David Selby ... Paul Reynolds
Ariane Heller Ariane Heller ... Elizabeth Reynolds
Terry Smith Terry Smith ... Peter
Gary Smith Gary Smith ... Peter
Jane Hoffman Jane Hoffman ... Mrs. Koerner
John C. Becher John C. Becher ... Mr. Koerner
Jacobo Morales Jacobo Morales ... Fidel Castro
Paul Benedict ... Dr. Beineke
George S. Irving ... Dr. Keglin (as George Irving)
Pearl Shear Pearl Shear ... Aunt Till
Carl Gottlieb ... Vinnie
Joseph Bova Joseph Bova ... John
Mary Louise Wilson ... Betty
Marilyn Curtis Marilyn Curtis ... Judy
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

18 April 1973 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher das Mil Caras See more »

Filming Locations:

Samburu National Reserve, Kenya See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reportedly, a number of alternate endings were written and filmed before settling on the one in the released version. One of the unused endings was to leave the viewer not entirely sure that what they'd seen was reality or yet another fantasy sequence. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Koerner: There's plenty of room around here for the right kind of people.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in The Moviemakers (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
(uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Heard at the merry-go-round
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"If this is what it's like to be a mother, I turn in my ovaries!"
16 January 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Low-keyed, but nevertheless wicked and funny comedy-drama that sneaks up on you. Barbra Streisand, in terrific comic form, plays a stressed-out, unsatisfied New York housewife afraid of telling her brilliant husband she's pregnant for the third time. The film is made up of her many daydreams, some of which are hilarious (the bit where she enlarges her breasts at a party) and some that meander without much point (the assault on the Statue of Liberty). Nevertheless, Barbra's lovely and is completely at ease in this non-flashy role, just as content to sit and listen to her girlfriends bitch in the park as she is telling off Fidel Castro at a political rally. David Selby is nicely understated as Barbra's husband and Jane Hoffman is a hoot as her meddling mother. I have many favorite lines from this film, but you rent "Up The Sandbox" and discover them for yourself. A minor treat. *** from ****


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