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Up the Sandbox (1972)





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Up The Sandbox is a complex and difficult film, and it is ambiguous on many points, particularly on whether the protagonist Margaret Reynolds (Barbara Streisand) is a women's liberationist, a closet lesbian, or a masochist. Based on the novel by Anne Richardson Rolphe, it follows Margaret's attempts to tell her husband that she is pregnant with yet another child. The everyday events of her life are punctuated by numerous and complex fantasy sequences which reveal her fears and her desires. It is clear that she is afraid that she and her husband Paul (David Selby) are growing apart -- and that he may be having an affair. Despite the increasingly elaborate and frantic nature of her fantasies, her disclosure, when she finally makes it, has happy results.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Anne Richardson Roiphe, Paul Zindel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 1, 2003
Warner Home Video

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Barbra Streisand
as Margaret Reynolds
David Selby
as Paul Reynolds
Ariane Heller
as Elizabeth Reynolds
Jane Hoffman
as Mrs. Koerner
John C. Becher
as Mr. Yussim
Jacobo Morales
as Fidel Castro
Paul Benedict
as Dr. Beineke
Sully Boyar
as Fat Man
George Irving
as Dr. Keglin
Pitt Herbert
as Uncle Dave
Janet Brandt
as Aunt Ida
Pearl Shear
as Aunt Till
Norman Fields
as Reporter
Vassili Lambrinos
as Jack Lawford
Marina Durell
as Dr. Lopez
Barbara Rhoades
as Dr. Boden
Carol White
as Miss Spittlemeister
Ji-Tu Cumbuka
as Black Captain
Juan DeCarlos
as Blackman
Paul Dooley
as Statue of Liberty Gu...
Conrad Bain
as Dr. Gordon
Jane Betts
as Woman Doctor
Anne Ramsey
as Battleaxe
Margo Winkler
as Hospital Clerk
Cryn Matchinga
as Woman Patient
John Dennis
as Officer
Norman Field
as Reporter
Efrain Lopez Neris
as Castro's Aide
Jane House
as Mrs. Keglin
Lois Smith
as Elinore
Steven Britt
as Elinore's Boy
Stockard Channing
as Judy Stanley
Rita Karin
as Mrs. Grossbard
Marilyn Coleman
as Rose White
Dee Timberlake
as Black Girl
Juan Canos
as Anti-Cuban
Kevin Bersell
as Kid on Bike
Sully Boyer
as Fat Man
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Critic Reviews for Up the Sandbox

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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A Babs boo-boo.

Full Review… | May 29, 2015

June 17, 2005

Audience Reviews for Up the Sandbox

Odd almost stream of conciousness feminist drama, quite a 70's feeling. Barbra, who looks sensational, gives a serious unaffected performance and provides a strong center to this rather scattershot affair.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Really tries to capture the sense of frustration women felt at the time, and succeeds with some of them... still worth a watch!

Philip blue owl

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