Sabrina

Sabrina

DVD - 1954
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When Sabrina, daughter of the mega-rich Larrabee brother's chauffeur returns from Paris all grown up and glamourous, both brothers fall under her spell.
Publisher: Hollywood, Cal. : Paramount, c1954
Edition: Full screen
ISBN: 9780792172109
0792172108
Branch Call Number: FIC Sabri
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (112 min.) : B&W

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ThinkCentre
Jun 27, 2017

SPOILER: I'm glad I'm not the only one who feel this film's ok and a bit anti-climatic. However, let's begin with the big-name cast. Audrey Hepburn! Humphrey Bogart! William Holden! How did they swing all 3 with all this star power (with Billy Wilder directing?) And how about that 'what if' real-life scenario if Holden and Hepburn stayed together? Reportedly the two split due to Holden not being able to have children and Hepburn ended up marrying Mel Ferrer shortly. I find the movie not as magically charming nor romantic as it could have been with the casting of Linus and that affected the ending of who 'got the girl.' Upon learning that Cary Grant's the original choice for Linus (played by Bogart), it was an a-HA moment. Grant would have been more believable as Linus, whom Sabrina ended up with over David (as played by Holden) whom she pined for all her life, spied on, and nearly ended her life over. The character David being the dashing, carefree younger brother (a jerk) versus the stiff straight-laced older Linus (Bogart reportedly a real-life jerk throughout the production). Linus actually liked Sabrina? I can't quite tell with Bogart. In the end, David's interest in Sabrina was just as shallow and short-lived (like his three marriages) when she 'classed up her looks and mannerism', and he sacrificed the promise of long-lasting love (and maybe a longer marriage) by having Linus go after her. The end rewards was for Sabrina ending up with the more 'consistent' brother who's merely undone by the vivaciousness of Sabrina. Well, Cary Grant could have been it. But big but, Wilder's signature playful and comedic direction keeps the film light and substantial.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Dec 16, 2016

And, how would I sum up 1954's Sabrina in just one word? - Well - How about the word "YUCK!" - Yeah - "YUCK!" pretty much covers it all for me.

Uh.... Please, allow me to elaborate a little bit on Sabrina's yuck-factor for you here.

And, it goes like this.... Single parent, Thomas Fairchild, has been a trusted, live-in chauffeur of the super-rich Larrabee family for many years now. Fairchild has a pretty, teenage daughter named Sabrina.

The mega-wealthy Larrabees have 2 grown sons. David (the dashing, alcoholic, playboy) is twice Sabrina's age. Linus (the dreary, alcoholic, workaholic) is 3 times her age.... At different stages in this film's story both David and Linus go lusting after Sabrina.

And, when it comes to Sabrina's integrity - Does her father take a firm stand and adamantly object to the carnal pursuits of these 2 randy rich-brats?.... No. He doesn't.

Being obviously more concerned about his job rather than his daughter's virginity - Fairchild tells each of the lusting Larrabee boys that if they are going to pursue Sabrina, then (get this!) kindly do it in a way so that he can turn a blind eye to it.

Hello!? - If that kind of scenario isn't total "YUCK!", then I don't know what is!.... Need I say more?

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Gizmo_Joe
Dec 06, 2016

Regardless of its big-name cast - This dead-end, 1954, Rom/Com sucked.

Why is it that people keep viewing this dismally contrived picture through the guise of rose-coloured glasses?

When it comes to this utter mess-of-a-motion-picture - I suggest you take a reality check and get a more accurate, and up-to-date perspective on it by reading both ManMachine's and Derringer's insightful comments below.

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Janice21383
Dec 01, 2016

Enchanting Audrey Hepburn, enchanting Billy Wilder, enchanting, fantasy Paris, New York and Long Island. What's not to like? Well, I knocked off one star for the broadly sketched Larrabee family -- their scenes are a distinct step down from the romantic comedy highs of the 1930s and 1940s -- and, it has to be said, the unappealing Larrabee brothers. Holden is a crass, two-dimensional womanizer, and Bogart is too old, ill and miserable. It is the magic of Sabrina that they are both transformed by the end. Miss Hepburn can make a man adorable, merely by looking at him with interest.

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Derringer
Nov 21, 2016

And, speaking about actor Humphrey Bogart - Up until now - I had always thought of him as being a cut-above-the-rest. But after reading what went on behind the scenes of this picture - I've now changed my mind about him, totally.

And, here's how the story goes - When Bogart found out how gutless his part as Linus Larrabee in this picture was he immediately turned into a big suck, sulking constantly and finding all sorts of ways to come into conflict with director, Billy Wilder, whom he blamed for this.

From hurling racist insults at Wilder, to refusing to take his direction - The huge rift that took place between these 2 on the set lasted for the entire duration of Sabrina's production.

This isn't the only reason why I gave this picture such a low rating - But it's one of the biggest reasons. And, I now think Bogart is a total ass. I can never watch another one of his pictures without being reminded of how childish he behaved here in this one. As far as I'm concerned - He doesn't deserve the admiration that so many of his fans give him.

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ThomasJWhiting
May 02, 2016

ABOVE AVERAGE 1954 film - but didn't really work for me (ala 'Beautiful Blonde From Bashful Bend' which also didn't work for me). And I have thoroughly enjoyed many of very good/great 40's and 50's films I've been watching recently.
Perhaps (I HAVE been thinking about it) it's because I couldn't personally identify with any of the characters - so it was a bit remote for me.
I did enjoy this line 'Nobody poor was ever called democratic for marrying somebody rich.'

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mswrite
Feb 27, 2016

I read somewhere or saw in some documentary that off-screen Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart did not exactly take to one another during the making of this film. I believe that, completely. Every time I watch "Sabrina," I want to love this movie every bit as much as I love the charming Audrey (and her loving, worried dad, played by the wonderful John Williams), but I can never get past the fatal miscasting of Bogart in the role of Linus. I quite like Bogart, he's unforgettable in the great roles that best suit him, but he's wrong here, he just is.

Yes, Linus is supposed to be the serious-minded, level-headed older brother determined at all costs to protect the family's interests. But the audience needs to sense that under his stern, all-business exterior beats a heart every bit as romantic and vulnerable as the fair Sabrina's. They should also find themselves charmed by Linus, waiting to like him in spite of his initial apparent coldness. Cary Grant could have pulled off those contradictions, effortlessly. And a Grant-Holden competition for Sabrina/Audrey would have held genuine suspense for both Sabrina and the audience, with some of us rooting for the youthful playboy David and some for the wiser, debonair Linus.
Reportedly Billy Wilder had always longed to work with Cary Grant but for some reason could never get him. It's impossible to watch this film and not be reminded of that.

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DollyWannaCracker
Aug 06, 2015

One or the most wonderful classic films of all time. This was actually the movie that led me to my love of classic films. I think that movies nowadays just don't have this quality. 5 BIG STARS!

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Keogh
Jun 02, 2015

A great classic movie. The three leads shine in one of Billy Wilder's finest films.

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akirakato
Dec 15, 2014

This is a 1954 American romantic comedy directed by Billy Wilder, adapted for the screen from the play: "Sabrina Fair."
Sabrina attends culinary school in Paris, and she returns home as an attractive and sophisticated woman.
However, the film doesn't show her change except for her fashionable dress.
She seems to me the same as before.
How come David cannot recognize her.
Here comes the first suspension of disbelief.
David is an oft-married, idle playboy, crazy for women.
David's workaholic older brother, Linus, recognizes David's attraction to Sabrina and fears that David's imminent marriage to Elizabeth Tyson may be endangered.
If the engagement is broken off, it would ruin a great corporate deal between the Larrabee business and Elizabeth's very wealthy father.
Linus confronts David about his irresponsibility to the family, the business, and Elizabeth, but David is unrepentant.
Linus then tries to distract Sabrina from David by drawing her affections to himself.
Later, David shows up at the board meeting and declares that he's decided to marry Elizabeth after all.
As a result, Linus finally recognizes his own feelings for Sabrina, and rushes off to join her on the ship, and they sail away together to Paris.
Here comes the second suspension of disbelief.
Linus is such a cool-headed, if not cold-headed, executive that he would never rush off to the ship as depicted in the movie.
Well, it is a modern-day Cinderella story after all.

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DollyWannaCracker
Aug 06, 2015

There's something about good- bye kisses that don't taste as good.

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bdls206
Jul 15, 2012

Baron St. Fontanel: A woman happily in love, she burns the soufflé. A woman unhappily in love, she forgets to turn on the oven.

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bdls206
Jul 15, 2012

Thomas Fairchild: He's still David Larrabee, and you're still the chauffeur's daughter. And you're still reaching for the moon.
Sabrina Fairchild: No, father. The moon is reaching for me.

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bdls206
Jul 15, 2012

The Professor: Bonjour, mesdames et monsiuers. Yesterday we have learned the correct way how to boil water. Today we will learn the correct way how to crack an egg. Voilà! An egg. Now, an egg is not a stone; it is not made of wood, it is a living thing. It has a heart. So when we crack it, we must not torment it. We must be merciful and execute it quickly, like with the guillotine.

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Jul 05, 2014

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Jul 15, 2012

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bdls206
Jul 15, 2012

A playboy becomes interested in the daughter of his family's chauffeur. But it's his more serious brother who would be the better man for her.

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