Sabrina

Sabrina

DVD - 1954 | Full screen edition
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A modern-day Cinderella story in which the daughter of a wealthy family's chauffeur is transformed into a graceful, charming young woman and captures the attention of the wealthy family's sons.
Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Paramount, c1954
Edition: Full screen edition
ISBN: 9780792172109
0792172108
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (1 hr., 53 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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Derringer
Jun 16, 2019

And, speaking about actor Humphrey Bogart - Up until now - I had always thought of him as being a real 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 was in this picture 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 give 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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iloveseaotters
Jun 03, 2019

When I first saw the remake with Harrison Ford, I had no idea that this version existed. I absolutely adore Audrey Hepburn and she really shines in this film. I don't really care for William Holden and think both his and Humphrey Bogart's acting seems a little "canned" but it's an adorable movie and has some really funny scenes as well as a lot of romantic ones. I can't really decide which one is my favorite (although I am an Audrey Hepburn fanatic), because I love things in both movies. I suggest you watch both and decide for yourself!

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natalkaanna
May 05, 2019

Don't get again. Newer one is much better

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kmobuckeye
Feb 21, 2019

A classic

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robinandrews10
Feb 14, 2019

Audrey Hepburn is wonderful as always, but the age difference between the romantic pair is a little...interesting. I prefer Charade.

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Derringer
Dec 01, 2018

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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SpaceAngel
Sep 12, 2018

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 Bang_On's and Derringer's insightful comments below.

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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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ManMachine
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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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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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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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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