The Sandpiper (1965) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Sandpiper (1965)



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An unconventional California woman falls in love with the Episcopalian minister in charge of her teen-age son's boarding school in this melodrama. The affair soon threatens to become a scandal that may ruin their lives, forcing the woman and the minister to make some difficult decisions.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Dalton Trumbo, Michael Wilson, Martin Ransohoff, Irene Kamp, Louis Kamp
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 5, 2006
Warner Home Video


Elizabeth Taylor
as Laura Reynolds
Richard Burton
as Dr. Edward Hewitt
Eva Marie Saint
as Claire Hewitt
Robert Webber
as Ward Hendricks
Charles Bronson
as Cos Erickson
James Edwards
as Larry Brant
Torin Thatcher
as Judge Thompson
Tom Drake
as Walter Robinson
Douglas Henderson
as Phil Sutcliff
Morgan Mason
as Danny Reynolds
Dusty Cadis
as Trooper
John Hart
as Trooper
Jan Arvan
as First Trustee
Shirley Bonne
as Celebrant
Mary Benoit
as Trustee's Wife
Tom Curtis
as Second Trustee
Paul Genge
as Architect
Jeff Davis
as Administrator
Colin Drake
as Administrator
Fred Fisher
as Administrator
April Hyde
as Administrator's Wife
Barbara Somers
as Dancer at the Party
Olga Valéry
as Administrator's Wife
Tom White
as Beatnik
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Critic Reviews for The Sandpiper

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

The Sandpiper's absurd situations are matched by dialogue that beauty (hers) and talent (his) cannot vanquish.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Trite and often ponderous in its philosophizing by the two principals.

Full Review… | July 18, 2008
Top Critic

A truly dire romantic melodrama.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Don't let it fool you. It's the same old Hollywood stuff.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic


Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A superfluous, ponderous and pretentious sudser about a married minister having an affair with a single mom non-conformist artist.

Full Review… | April 16, 2012
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Audience Reviews for The Sandpiper


beautiful locations, silly but entertaining story

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Lots of amazing scenery (Liz Taylor included.) The Sandpiper is also a precursor to the beginning of the ratings system as its a bit racy and liberal-minded for the mid-60s. Burton and Taylor are as always great together, Eva Marie Saint plays a WASP doormat and Charles Bronson plays a hipster beatnik. By no means essential and even though its a little drawn out, its not a bad watch.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


The Sandpiper is a ridiculously underrated film. I have no idea why people found this to be so terrible, but I thoroughly enjoyed it for what it was. There's an interesting love triangle, conversations about religion and life, and so many other topics crammed into it. I love it.

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