The Sandpiper

The Sandpiper

DVD - 2006
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A repressed minister with a devoted wife must come to terms with his adulterous feelings for a beautiful, free-spirited woman.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Turner Entertainment : Warner Home Video, c2006
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781419842160
Branch Call Number: DVD F San


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Feb 19, 2016

Memo to Acquisitions Dept.: Surely by now there's a DVD version of this film??
Okay; that out of the way... I like this movie. No, seriously, I do. It's one of those quintessential movie-movies, very sixties, yet very much in line with the kind of melodrama made famous by Douglas Sirk in the fifties. If you enjoyed Taylor and Burton's previous offerings, "Cleopatra" and "The V.I.P.s," you'll quite like "The Sandpiper." After all, isn't melodrama what you want from this couple? The Hollywood love story of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton was nothing if not larger than life, and "The Sandpiper" presents that love at its lushly romantic zenith with California's beautiful Big Sur coastline providing a picture-perfect backdrop.
Burton is the conflicted, well-meaning Reverend Edward Hewitt, headmaster of the school where the beautiful, free-spirited artist Laura Reynolds (Liz) is being forced to send her young son.
She's outraged;
he's conciliatory;
sparks fly.
For added interest there's lovely Eva Marie Saint, nearly wasted in the thankless role of Burton's betrayed wife Claire, and Charles Bronson--yes, THAT Charles Bronson--wildly miscast as Cos, a hippie sculptor who watches with sullen amusement the growing attraction between Edward and Laura. Cos may or may not be pining for Laura as he can't resist baiting the good minister at every opportunity. But who knows? Maybe it was Edward for whom Cos was really pining.
And there's Robert Webber, cast as the caddish, wealthy Ward, a friend and associate of Edward's who once had a passionate fling with Laura. One glance at Laura and Ward is looking to pick up wherever it was things left off and is not above blackmail to make it happen.
A major plus is the haunting, award-winning love theme, "The Shadow of Your Smile."


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