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Up the Sandbox (1972)

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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 ... 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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Barbra Streisand is the Woman of the Year in the Picture of the Year! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This and her movie All Night Long (1981) (the only movie until Meet the Fockers (2004) in which she was only a supporting player and not the star), grossed roughly $4 million in total, making them her lowest-grossing productions. Despite the box-office failure of this movie, it garnered her some of the best personal reviews of her career up to that time, and is reportedly one of her favorite performances she's given on-screen. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Koerner: Remember, marriage is a 75 - 25 proposition... the woman gives 75.
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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

Referenced in Massage Parlor Murders! (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
(uncredited)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Heard at the merry-go-round
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Barbara Streisand's Most Unique Film
6 April 2006 | by divineangelSee all my reviews

Thanks to Irvin Kershner's assured surreal direction, Streisand gives a fine performance in a very unusual 1972 film. Filled with verite style dialogues and intense emotional confrontations amid bizarre fantasy sequences, UP THE SANDBOX is a treat for unaware viewers. Though the film actually espouses a rather conservative agenda, the characters don't go to extremes; they're rather real.

It's easy to see how confused audiences must have been back in the day as the film subtly segues into Sttreisand's dream life. The fertility scene in Kenya actually is one of the worst while the guerilla attack on the Statue of Liberty with the WTC in the background will give you chills.

Overall, a fascinating film with gorgeous cinematography by Gordon Willis. Non-Streisand fans can enjoy this just for the 70's style direction.


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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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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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