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.
Classics , Drama
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Warner Home Video

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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
Eric Sinclair
as Beatnik
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 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 8, 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 15, 2012
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Audience Reviews for The Sandpiper


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.

Keenan Sullivan
Keenan Sullivan

I watched this last night for the first time since 1965. It's an awful movie, but I loved every minute of it. It's trite and almost deliciously bad. It was interesting to see what passed for "something of a problem" in 1965 with regard to child behaviour (and the kid was maybe 8, not a teenager as stated below). For all the passion that existed in reality between Taylor and Burton, none of it translated to the screen. But, the scenery is magnificent and who in the world would object to watching Elizabeth Taylor for two hours. Not I. Ever.

Michael Davis
Michael Davis

beautiful locations, silly but entertaining story

jay nixon
jay nixon

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