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Sabrina (1995)

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An ugly duckling having undergone a remarkable change, still harbors feelings for her crush: a carefree playboy, but not before his business-focused brother has something to say about it.

Director:

Sydney Pollack

Writers:

Samuel A. Taylor (play) (as Samuel Taylor), Billy Wilder (earlier screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... Linus Larrabee
Julia Ormond ... Sabrina Fairchild
Greg Kinnear ... David Larrabee
Nancy Marchand ... Maude Larrabee
John Wood ... Fairchild
Richard Crenna ... Patrick Tyson
Angie Dickinson ... Ingrid Tyson
Lauren Holly ... Elizabeth Tyson
Dana Ivey ... Mack
Miriam Colon ... Rosa
Elizabeth Franz ... Joanna
Fanny Ardant ... Irene
Valérie Lemercier ... Martine
Patrick Bruel ... Louis
Becky Ann Baker ... Linda
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Storyline

While she was growing up, Sabrina Fairchild spent more time perched in a tree watching the Larrabee family than she ever did on solid ground. As the chauffeur's daughter on their lavish Long Island estate, Sabrina was invisible behind the branches, but she knew them all below... There is Maude Larrabee, the modern matriarch of the Larrabee Corporation; Linus Larrabee, the serious older son who expanded a successful family business into the world's largest communications company; and David, the handsome, fun-loving Larrabee, who was the center of Sabrina's world until she was shipped off to Paris. After two years on the staff of Vogue magazine, Sabrina has returned to the Larrabee estate but now she has blossomed into a beautiful and sophisticated woman. And she's standing in the way of a billion dollar deal. Written by Cyril Morcrette <cyril@cln46fw.der.edf.fr>

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You are cordially invited to the most surprising merger of the year.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

15 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Сабрина See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,560,000, 15 December 1995

Gross USA:

$53,672,080

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$87,313,761
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Sabrina: Once upon a time, on the north shore of Long Island, not far from New York, there was a very very large mansion, almost a castle, where there lived a family by the name of Larrabee. There were servants inside the mansion, and servants outside the mansion; boatmen to tend the boats, and six crews of gardeners: two for the solarium, the rest for the grounds, and a tree surgeon on retainer. There were specialists for the indoor tennis courts, and the outdoor tennis courts, the outdoor...
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How Can I Remember?
Music by John Williams
Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Michael Dees
Produced by John Williams
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The Salvation of Linus the King
4 December 2004 | by TerrellFritzSee all my reviews

Tempting though it may be to compare this film to the 1954 version, you will miss the point if you do. To understand the true magic of Sydney Pollack's masterpiece, read the Samuel A. Taylor play both films were based on. While I'm sure the play was a great evening out at the theater between martinis in the 1950s, it's somewhat incredible that two film versions so profoundly translated this lightweight romantic comedy, each in its own time.

In 1954, Billy Wilder used an incredible cast to entertain. No, Bogart should never have been cast. Cary Grant might have created the dynamic relationship with Audrey Hepburn we fortunately got to see later in Charade, but if Bogart had not been cast would the film hold its classic status? Hepburn transfixed an audience and brought to the world La Vie en Rose. William Holden is period eye candy, and the film will always be fun.

Forty years later, however, Pollack made an important film. Taylor's play is, after all, just a fairy tale, and this film fully realizes it. Ormond is enchanting. Kinnear ripens the always empty David. Fanny Ardant brings a french cinema quality to the film's Paris episodes. Marchand's "I didn't teach you this" culminates what may be one of the best written scenes in American film. You can watch this scene over and over and each time gain a better understanding of how great acting can define a relationship, this one between mother and son, for an audience.

But this film should have been called Linus. Harrison Ford's tour de force performance as the greater Larrabee fulfills Pollack's mission to tell a simple story of how a king is transformed by the love of a woman.

"It was a lie, then it was a dream."


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