Sabrina

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Overview

Billy Wilder directs the lighthearted romantic comedy Sabrina, based on the play by Samuel A. Taylor. Sabrina Fairchild Audrey Hepburn is the simple, naïve daughter of a chauffeur, Thomas Fairchild John Williams. They live on an estate with the wealthy Oliver Larrabee Walter Hampden and his two sons: workaholic older brother Linus Humphrey Bogart and fun-loving younger brother David William Holden. Sabrina adores the charming David, but he thinks of her as just a kid. Her father sends her away to Paris for chef ...
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Overview

Billy Wilder directs the lighthearted romantic comedy Sabrina, based on the play by Samuel A. Taylor. Sabrina Fairchild Audrey Hepburn is the simple, naïve daughter of a chauffeur, Thomas Fairchild John Williams. They live on an estate with the wealthy Oliver Larrabee Walter Hampden and his two sons: workaholic older brother Linus Humphrey Bogart and fun-loving younger brother David William Holden. Sabrina adores the charming David, but he thinks of her as just a kid. Her father sends her away to Paris for chef school, where she meets Baron St. Fontanel Marcel Dalio, and she returns a worldly, sophisticated woman. David immediately falls for her, but he is already engaged to marry heiress Elizabeth Tyson Martha Hyer. Sabrina wants to break up the wedding in order to finally catch the man of her dreams, while Linus fights to keep the marriage on in the interest of family business and Mr. Tyson's Francis X. Bushman fortune. In order to keep Sabrina away from David, Linus pretends to court her himself. In doing so, they eventually realize their true feelings for each another.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Billy Wilder's Sabrina has an explicit fairy-tale quality it begins with the words "once upon a time" that betrays its Cinderella roots. Based on Samuel Taylor's stage play, the movie suffers occasionally from feelings of staginess and windiness. It is, at times, obviously formulaic and predictable, but such is the nature of most romantic comedies. Audrey Hepburn's naïf-like vulnerability and angelic beauty make her the perfect fit for the part; her natural elegance, playfulness, and intelligence have the audience cheerfully manipulated into applauding her elevation from rags to riches. Humphrey Bogart in a part originally intended for Cary Grant plays against type as the romantic lead who knows the price of everything, but has no concept of the value of love. His character, Linus Larrabee, not Sabrina, is the real protagonist of the piece, as it is his big decisions and personal growth that key the movie's action and resolution. William Holden is well cast as the debonair and wanton playboy. Playing on opposing themes, such as commerce vs. love, cynicism vs. romanticism, sex vs. love, Sabrina casually gives class conflict and consciousness the Hollywood treatment, so we are led to see that nothing can keep true lovers apart. Billy Wilder doesn't hit us over the head with these themes, because they are all so deeply ingrained in our collective unconscious that he only needs to give us a wink and a nod. While Bogie and Hepburn don't rank up there with Bogie and Bacall on the chemistry meter, both are incessantly charming. Sabrina is not as insightful or cutting as Wilder's best work, but the snappy and witty banter, which is marked by droll double entendres, help to elevate the film above standard entrants in this genre. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, but ended up winning only one, for Edith Head's costume design.
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Billy Wilder's Sabrina has an explicit fairy tale quality it begins with the words "once upon a time" which betrays its Cinderella roots. Based on Samuel Taylor's stage play, the movie suffers occasionally from feelings of staginess and windiness. It is, at times, obviously formulaic and predictable, but such is the nature of most romantic comedies. Audrey Hepburn's naif-like vulnerability and angelic beauty make her the perfect fit for the part; her natural elegance, playfulness and intelligence have the audience cheerfully manipulated into applauding her elevation from rags to riches. Humphrey Bogart in a part originally intended for Cary Grant plays against type as the romantic lead who knows the price of everything, but has no concept of the value of love. His character, Linus Larrabee, not Sabrina, is the real protagonist of the piece, as it is his big decisions and personal growth that key the movie's action and resolution. William Holden is well cast as the debonair and wanton playboy. Playing on opposing themes, such as commerce vs. love, cynicism vs. romanticism, sex vs. love, Sabrina casually gives class conflict and consciousness the Hollywood treatment, so we are lead to see that nothing can keep true lovers apart. Billy Wilder doesn't hit us over the head with these themes, because they are all so deeply ingrained in our collective unconscious that he only needs to give us a wink and a nod. While Bogie and Hepburn don't rank up there with Bogie and Bacall on the chemistry meter, both are incessantly charming. Sabrina is not as insightful or cutting as Wilder's best work, but the snappy and witter banter, which is marked by droll double entendres, help to elevate the film above standard entrants in this genre. The film was nominated for 6 Academy Awards, but ended up winning only one for Edith Head's costume design.Dan Jardine
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 883929302956
  • Original Release: 1954
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English, Français
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 267

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Humphrey Bogart Linus Larrabee
Audrey Hepburn Sabrina Fairchild
William Holden David Larrabee
Walter Hampden Oliver Larrabee
John Williams Thomas Fairchild
Francis X. Bushman Mr. Tyson
Martha Hyer Elizabeth Tyson
Joan Vohs Gretchen Van Horn
Marcel Dalio Baron
Marcel Hillaire The Professor
Nella Walker Maude Larrabee
Ellen Corby Miss McCardle
Rand Harper
Bill Neff Man with Linus
Kay Riehl Mrs. Tyson
Otto Forrest Elevator Operator
David Ahdar Ship Steward
Marjorie Bennett Margaret, cook
Charles Harvey Spiller
Paul Harvey Doctor
Nancy Kulp Jenny, maid
Kay Kuter Houseman
Emory Parnell Charles, butler
Marion Ross Spiller's Girl Friend
Emmett Vogan Board Member
Colin Campbell Board Member
Harvey B. Dunn Man with Tray
Technical Credits
Billy Wilder Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Samuel A.Taylor Screenwriter
Charles C. Coleman Jr. Asst. Director
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
John Cope Sound/Sound Designer
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Doane Harrison Editor
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Frederick Hollander Score Composer
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Ernest Lehman Screenwriter
Harold Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Moyer Set Decoration/Design
Hal Pereira Art Director
Richard Rodgers Songwriter
Arthur P. Schmidt Editor
Wilson Stone Songwriter
Walter Tyler Art Director
Wally Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title [1:05]
2. The Chauffeur's Daughter [7:27]
3. Reaching for the Moon [3:57]
4. Cooking School [6:00]
5. The Larabee Tyson Merger [6:57]
6. Love Thy Neighbor [6:55]
7. Changing Partners [2:44]
8. Out of Circulation [6:09]
9. It's All in the Family [2:27]
10. The Cold Businessman [4:27]
11. Linus' Intentions [4:54]
12. A Straight Export Deal [2:43]
13. Ticket to Paris [7:07]
14. A Previous Engagement [2:58]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English
      Audio Options: French
      Subtitle Options: English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
      Subtitle Options: None
   Special Features
      Sabrina Documentary
      Photo Gallery
   Scene Selection
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  • Posted January 1, 2011

    Customers beware, shipping takes FOREVER!!!!

    I ordered this and a few other classic movies. I was weary of doing so but I had a gift card that was given to me, so I went ahead and orderd. To start, the shipping says "within 24 hours" and the item read "in stock", The item has yet to ship and I ordered it 5 days ago!. I payed extra for faster shipping, thinking I would receive it prior to the end of my vacation. I called after 3 days, and it turns out one of the items "An affair to remember" was not in stock, even though the item read as "in stock" when I purchased it. What a horrible experience. I am never ordering from Barnes & Noble again. Next time I will try Borders.....

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    My absolute favorite

    This is by far my absolute favorite movie. I actually saw the remake first and did not like it. I was delightfully surprised when I caught the original on cable one day. Audrey Hepburn was fabulous. Humphrie Bogart played Linus so well. I watch this movie over and over. It is true magic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Billy Wilder directs this Cinderella story with sparkle and wit and sophistication.

    Acquiring Samuel Taylor's hit Broadway comedy "Sabrina Fair" for the movies, Billy Wilder cast the title role with Audrey Hepburn as the Long Island chauffeur's daughter, who ages from nineteen to twenty-one during the film, the title of which was abbreviated (except in Britain) to a mere "Sabrina". The twenty-four-year-old Hepburn's leading men were William Holden (thirty-six) as her employer's irresponsible "young" playboy son and Humphrey Bogart (fifty-five) as his soberly work-oriented older brother. Wilder had intended the latter role for Cary Grant (forty-nine), who declined to play a "stuffy businessman," so Bogart was a last minute replacement. Playwright Samuel Taylor collaborated with Wilder and Ernest Lehman on this adaptation of Taylor's play, which lost some subsidiary characters and gained others. And it was "opened up" to allow for the Parisian sequence where Sabrina grows from awkward teenager to a chic, sophisticated twenty-one, as she studies French cooking. "Sabrina" uses the Cinderella theme of Taylor's long-running Broadway comedy. It's a Hollywood picture--wealthy characters, Long Island estate, Wall Street associations, Rolls Royce and Paris gowns. Wilder takes Taylor's play and spreads it out over the rich, luxurious area that was only suggested on the stage, thereby adding a great deal of atmosphere to it and endowing it with credibility. Slick wisecracks abound, and Wilder gleefully lets his audience know the outcome long before his screen characters perceive it. This is really Audrey's picture, since she has the title role and has come to it trailing her triumph from the previous year's "Roman Holiday". And indeed, she is wonderful in it--an actress of extraordinary range of sensitive and moving expressions within such a frail and slender frame. She is even more luminous as the daughter and pet of the servants' hall than she was as a princess. "Sabrina" is pure pleasure. "Sabrina" was a commercial hit. Paramount Studios shrewdly capitalized on the fact that the film boasted a total of four Oscar winners--Bogart for "The African Queen," Hepburn for "Roman Holiday," Holden for Billy Wilder's "Stalag 17," and even Billy himself for "The Lost Weekend". The director, finally, was getting to be a kind of star. "Sabrina" was Billy Wilder's last film for Paramount--a good-bye present that brought in enough money to make up for the previous excursion into the lower depths of "Ace in the Hole" (1951). [filmfactsman]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Cindrella Story Worth Watching Twice (at least!)

    Audrey Hepburn does it again whe she plays Sabrina Fairchild, a shy girl turned charming playgirl. When she returns to her house, where her father drives the sons of a wealthy man around, the youngest of the two brothers falls for her at first sight (the famous romantic scene at the ball where you can't help but cry for Hepburn). But as part of a business deal, the older brother must keep her away from the other, and the older brother falls for her instead. This is the most charming movie ever and you'll fall in love with Audrey Hepburn in this movie from the diretor of 'Some Like It Hot' and 'The Apartment'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cute!

    This is a cute movie but I found Sabrina to be a little too neurotic. Yes she came back from Paris looking sophisticated and beautiful but I never got the feelng that she changed emotionally and was still the same neurotic girl and there was no chemistry between Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart who rumor has it didn't like Audrey because he wanted his wife Lauren Becall to play Sabrina and I think the friction definitely showed and there was just no chemistry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A classy classic!

    In no movie can you find three huge stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, and William Holden (except maybe in Philadelphia Story) as you can this one. This movie mixes with laughs and an incomprable love story that will have you wanting to watch it over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fairytale Brought To Life

    'Sabrina' is a great film because all the characters are so charming and the story itself is captivating. It truly is a Cinderella story with some different situations. Audrey Hepburn looks elegant (as usual) in this film and Humphrey Bogart plays his part well. This movie has humor, romance, and suspense. It will make your heart flutter. You will not forget this movie anytime soon because it will stay with you through time.

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